Many people choose to stay along the shore when vacationing in San Diego, but for active families, there’s lots to enjoy once you move away from the coastal regions too. Iron Mountain is a natural landmark in Poway, which is just a few miles inland of Del Mar.
Iron Mountain features a 6-mile trail that winds its way up the mountain. On the trail, you’ll pass rolling fields, shrubbery, and distant mountains, all of which make for incredible scenic views.
Iron Mountain can be a little challenging for younger kids, so it’s recommended for older kids and families who are used to hiking off the beaten path. However, the sights are well worth it for those who choose to embark on this moderately challenging hike.
The view from the summit is among the best in San Diego, with an uninterrupted line of sight that stretches miles in every direction. This is an excellent hike to take just before sunset, as the view of the sun sinking past the horizon is incredible from the summit. Just remember to bring flashlights or headlamps so you can safely climb back down the trail.