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California Los Angeles - Iron Mountain via Heaton Flat Trail

This Hike is led by GWHLA Ambassador Hollie O'Brien! All attendees will receive special Girls Who Hike giveaways before the hike starts.

This is the first of my "insane series" I plan on hosting as a GWHLA ambassador. For hike 1, I chose Iron Mountain #1. 

Iron Mountain #1, also known as “Big Iron”, is often considered one of the most remote and strenuous day hikes in the San Gabriels. This exposed and relentless, extremely rough use-trail climbs over 6,000 feet to reach the summit. Once at the top, you will feel you are at the center of the San Gabriels with breathtaking views in all directions.

RED: Strenuous hike, possible unmarked trail, elevation gain of 2,500+, altitude up to 9,500ft. Experienced hikers welcome, semi-experienced welcome if they plan on training beforehand! We’ll be hiking as a group, and nobody will be left behind or forgotten.

Iron Mountain via Heaton Flat Trail
Date: May 26th
Time: 4:30 AM
Distance: 12.6 Miles
EG: 6,338 feet
Location: Iron Mountain Trailhead (same parking lot as Bridge to Nowhere): 34.2367022,-117.7653409
Dogs: No
Permits / Passes: Eventbrite required, Adventure Pass required
AllTrails Track: (It's an out and back)
Kids: No (Except for older teens who have the ability/strength/stamina and a parent accompanying them)
Men: No

***As with all GWH events, you must sign the GWH waiver before attending – it takes less than a minute to sign, and once you’ve signed it once you’re good to go for all future meetups***

Meeting time: 4:15 am and we will start hiking promptly at 4:30 am (I know this is early but that gives us an hour to hike to the first saddle to catch the sunrise. I have the philosophy to start early and be heading down before the heat of the day.) 

Bring your 10 essentials:
5L of water minimum is REQUIRED (I am bringing at least 7L)
A trail map is REQUIRED (either paper or downloaded from AllTrails)
Bring sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
Trekking Poles
Nutrient dense snacks
Electrolyte chews or tablets
Mosquito net (if desired, not required)

Hey ladies! Iron Mountain has been on my list since I passed the trailhead when I was hiking to Bridge to Nowhere. Now's the time to bag that peak! This peak is a serious beast but such a rewarding challenge, and I can't wait to tackle it with you all. Although fur babies are allowed on this trail, I ask that you leave them at home for this hike due to the difficulty level and likelihood of sharp plants. Men must stay at home for this hike. An EVENTBRITE ticket is required and will be released on May 1st, so keep an eye out! I will post on here when they are released as well. As always, password is GWHLA.

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Any updates will be posted on the event thread via the pinned post, and I'll update the event description if anything changes!



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