Ascent of Iron Mountain on 2017-06-25

Climber: Map Man

Date:Sunday, June 25, 2017
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Iron Mountain
    Location:USA-New Hampshire
    Elevation:2726 ft / 830 m

Ascent Trip Report

I hiked Iron Mountain in the afternoon after climbing the Royces in the morning. I was blown away by the view obtained from the top of the field at the start of the trail. If it was not so far down a rough road, it would certainly be a popular tourist stop. The trail was very steep and rocky and was badly eroded in some spots, but it was still a nice trek up. The first viewpoint, a ledge on the side of the trail, offered a view similar to the field's. It was a wonderful overlook over the valley out to the immense Presidential and Carter ranges. Rain was on the way and was already darkening Pinkham. I soon reached the summit, where there is a rocky clearing and the remains of a fire tower. I continued on the trail down to the ledge viewpoint which the mountain is famous for. The 300-foot drop is not a pleasant experience, but it does come after climbing a very small mountain and is not as brutal. The path goes through some scenic forested ledges on its way. Near the end, it becomes a bit hard to follow; the junction with the iron mine spur is not marked and the path it takes over the ledges is indistinct. As I approached the ledges, it began lightly raining. I found the ledges a wonderfully expansive place of beauty. The view over the valley around North Conway was bright. Kearsarge North stands prominent and the ski areas on opposite sides (Cranmore and Attitash) are in full view. Straight ahead, there is a great view of the Moat Range and the lower Montalban Ridge. The valleys are vivid green. The view of all the exciting mountains was marred by the foggy effect of the rain. As the rain got heavier, I considered leaving, but a sunshine spotlight illuminating Carrigain persuaded me to wait out the rain. For about 15 minutes, it rained moderately. But the view steadily improved and the mountains brightened and I eventually got to experience the full effect of the majestic vista. I rate Iron Mountain very highly for its variety and excellent scenery.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1186 ft / 360 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1186 ft / 361 m
    Round-Trip Distance:3.4 mi / 5.5 km
    Quality:7 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Raining, Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:816 ft / 248 m
    Distance:1 mi / 1.6 km
    Route:Iron Mountain Trail
    Start Trailhead:Iron Mountain Road  1910 ft / 582 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1186 ft / 361 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 816 ft / 248 m; Extra: 370 ft / 112m
    Gain on way out:370 ft / 112 m
    Distance:2.4 mi / 3.9 km
    Route:Iron Mountain Trail
    End Trailhead:Iron Mountain Road  1910 ft / 582 m
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