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Iron Mountain
Jackson, NH, Bartlett, NH

Trailheads, measurements, times, distances, and maps are all approximate and relative to the hike(s) as shown below.
Looking across the fields near the beginning of the trail to Iron Mountain
Looking across the fields near the beginning of the trail to Iron Mountain

Heading up north, it was cloudy to start with - that is, until I reached Conway. At that point, I could see that the mostly sunny day was still holding in the northern notches. Originally thinking about Pine Mountain, I decided to instead check out the southern cliffs of Iron Mountain.

The views from the field at the bottom of the Iron Mountain Trail were tremendous - still some foliage hanging on in the valleys, along with a few patches of snow on Mt. Washington. Heading up the eroded Iron Mountain Trail, I stopped at the first viewpoint for some additional Presidential views. After a stop at the second view point (Wildcat-Carter views), I soon reached the nearly-viewless summit (though there is a narrow view of Mt. Washington if you stand on the benchmark).

Dropping off the south side, I descended for awhile, steeply at times over ledges, before eventually reaching a cairned junction - no sign. Going right, I reached the dramatic southern cliffs of Iron Mountain - amazing views.

After spending some time exploring the vast ledges and cliffs, I checked the time and saw that I could possibly swing a side trip to the old mines. The descent was steep and slippery. While I saw piles of spoilage and a few shafts, I didn't explore for too long due to the waning daylight. Apparently there is a tunnel of some sort.

Reascending to the summit in the last stages of daylight, I found myself at the lower viewpoint around sunset. Despite the incoming clouds, I did manage to get some slight colors over the Montalban Ridge - a pleasant surprise.

The rest of the descent was non-eventful, though not necessarily quiet - a pack of coyotes was howling in the not so far distance, and a moose was thrashing around some marshy land near the trailhead. I decided to not investigate.


Hike Ratings
Getting To Trailhead: Easy
Destination: Iron Mountain
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Moderate
Navigation: Easy
Views: Moderate
Crowds: Moderate
Destination: Iron Mountain Cliffs
Length: Moderate
Steepness: Difficult
Navigation: Moderate
Views: Excellent
Crowds: Minimal


Hike Stats
Date Hiked: Monday, October 12, 2009
Hike Commenced: 4:12 PM
Parking Elevation: 1,910'
Destination: Iron Mountain
Ascent Commenced: 4:12 PM
Summit Reached: 4:38 AM
Time Elapsed: 00:26
Trailhead Elevation: 1,910'
Summit Elevation: 2,726'
Vertical Gain: 826'
Hike Ended: 6:37 PM
Hike Time Elapsed: 02:25
Hike Vertical Gain: 1,592'


Trailhead to the Iron Mountain summit on Iron Mountain Road
Trailhead to the Iron Mountain summit on Iron Mountain Road

Looking at Mt. Washington from the lower viewpoint north of Iron Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at Mt. Washington from the lower viewpoint north of Iron Mountain

Looking at the Sandwich Range from the southern cliffs of Iron Mountain - Click to enlarge
Looking at the Sandwich Range from the southern cliffs of Iron Mountain

Sunset colors over Stairs Mountain as seen from the lower viewpoint north of Iron Mountain - Click to enlarge
Sunset colors over Stairs Mountain as seen from the lower viewpoint north of Iron Mountain

Topographic map of Iron Mountain - Click to enlarge


Directions to trailhead: Take Route 16 North past the first covered bridge in Jackson. Almost immediately after, take a left onto Green Hill Road. Continue up this road, eventually bearing left onto a somewhat rough dirt Iron Mountain Road. There is a parking lot at the top of this road on the right hand side. Trailhead is just after, on the left.

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