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Day Hike - Iron Mountain & Cone Peak Loops

Spend Juneteenth hiking with some of the most amazing wildflowers around and summit Iron Mountain for a panoramic view! There will be optional camping the night before at House Rock campground due to the distance from Olympia (About a 4 hour drive each way).

  • Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 6.9 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,900 ft
  • High Point Elevation: 5,455 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2 mph

There will be optional Camping at House Rock Campground 15 min away on Tuesday night June 18th. I have a reserved site and will be arriving at the campground around 7pm.

We will begin hiking at 11am due to this location being a little over 4 hours from Olympia. If all participants camp the night before we will start hiking earlier.

This loop hike starts and ends at Tombstone Pass. To get there take Hwy 20 in Oregon east of Sweet Home 36 miles (or west of Santiam Pass 13 miles). Tombstone Pass is between mileposts 63 and 64.

*Leaders Permission Required* I will expect that you have done a  5+ mile hike with at least 1000 ft gain in the last year and that you will be willing to be patient with others and slow things down on the steep sections. I am setting this hike as Leaders Permission Required due to the distance from Olympia and optional camping to communicate about camping or travel time  required.

I will not do this hike in rainy or icy conditions. If the forecast is calling for a lot of rain I will adjust our route to a similar distance closer to Olympia. 

I would recommend carrying two liters of water and lunch/ snacks. We will aim to return to the trailhead by 4pm.
We will plan to hike east from Tombstone Pass up Cone Peak meadows, taking in all the different flowers and vegetation. We will take a side trip to summit Iron Mountain for a panoramic view before returning to our cars.

Iron Mountain & Cone Peak Loops

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  • Navigation
  • Headlamp
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Knife
  • Fire
  • Shelter
  • Extra food
  • Extra water
  • Extra clothes
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