The Iron Mountain/Cone Peak loop is a popular central Oregon Cascades destination for wildflower peeping in the early summer. This loop offers shaded forest hiking, colorful wildflower-dense open hillsides, and a comfortable viewing platform at the top of Iron Mountain from which you can see many of the prominent Oregon Cascade peaks.

Iron Mountain is a popular hike once the snow melts, so I would recommend visiting this trail on a weekday if you want it to yourself.

The trail is clear from approximately early June until the snow flies in the fall/winter. The track below was taken in late May of a heavy snow year and required navigating around some snow fields. See labels in the map for more info.

Topo map and GPX track:


Loop on a well traveled single track trail.


Slightly over 7 miles including the summit of Iron Mountain

Elevation Gain:

+/- 2200 ft

Trailhead and Permit Notes:

There are a couple of places where this loop can be accessed. The easiest to find is the Sno Park at Tombstone Pass. This parking lot includes a pit toilet and requires either an Oregon Sno Parks permit or northwest forest pass, depending on time of year.

Rebecca Sowards-Emmerd

Mountain sports addict. Dog Mom. Craft beer drinker. Tech nerd. The best days are those spent above 10k ft. Meet me on Twitter, Facebook, or Google +


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