Hiking

Hiking Iron Mountain

One of the most popular adventures or activities to do in San Diego is hiking.  One of the reasons San Diego is such a popular place to live is you can surf one day and hit the mountains for a hike the same or next day, which is what I did.  There are so many hikes to choose from in San Diego County and I decided to hit the trails at Iron Mountain, which is conveniently located off Poway Road and 67.  http://goo.gl/maps/kXxHU

Hiking Trails

Hiking TrailsThe weather was amazing albeit a little hot, which drew a significant crowd of people and many dogs to the wide trail paths, all eager to tackle their exercise for the day and enjoy the outdoors.  The trail paths are very well marked and include distances as well.

Hiking Iron Mountain

Hiking is such a popular and great activity as it can be extremely social.  I was fortunate enough to have my friend Golby and her dog “Rocky” join me in this adventure which made the time go by much quicker than if I was alone.  The important thing to remember when hiking and talking is that you still need to concentrate in terms of where you are going and where your next footstep will be.  I find a lot of people get lost in thought or heavy in conversation and that’s when ankles get rolled and injuries happen.

Views while hiking Iron Mountain

Views while hiking Iron Mountain

Views While Hiking Iron Mountain

But more importantly stop and take in the views, as that’s part of the reason why hiking is so great.

Hiking to top of iron mountain

Hiking to top of iron mountain

Hiking to Top of Iron Mountain

And the great thing about Iron Mountain is that there is an end goal to it………the top!  There are plenty of places at the top to keep to yourself or enjoy a snack and some water at the picnic tables available.  Take a breather; take in the expansive views (360° from some rocks) and prepare for the decent.

I have completed many hikes throughout San Diego I have found that Iron Mountain is a one of my favorites.  I would classify the trail as beginner to intermediate, dog friendly for all you dog owners and is about ±6 miles out n’ back.  There is a large parking lot area at the entrance with a bathroom and off street parking available but the spaces do fill up quickly, especially on weekends.  Hiking is a great aerobic workout with an emphasis on building legs, butt and lung strength.  As with all activities, it is extremely important to drink plenty of water while hiking whether it be  in a camelback or water bottle.  On this particular day, I was very happy that I brought plenty of water, as it was very warm out.  As always, I am looking forward to my next hike.

Adventure 16 Hiking Store

Adventure 16 Hiking Store

Adventure 16 – Hiking Store

Proper gear and the right boots/shoes are important for all hikers.  Having hiked the earth out of my last pair of hiking boots I decided it was time to purchase a new pair.  I headed out to Adventure 16 (3 locations in San Diego) in La Mesa to survey their hiking boots.  Tanner and Jo were very accommodating and answered many of my questions and concerns regarding hiking boots.  I traded in my North Face gortex membrane with vibram outsoles for a pair of Lowa gortex membrane with a different outsole.  I was hesitant to stray from a vibram outsole to something else but I am confident these boots will suffice for the hiking in my near future.   I prefer the higher ankle-hiking boot to trail shoes because I can do more with the boot in terms of trekking, etc. but it is important to find what works best for you and what your plans are to better figure out the proper footwear.

Hiking Boots

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