Day Hike - Iron Mountain &  Cone Peak Loops


Day Hike - Iron Mountain & Cone Peak Loops

Iron Mtn - Photo / naturalist-oriented hike to view peak wildflower bloom and butterflies at one of Oregon's premier areas for blooms and butterflies

  • Easy/Moderate
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 5.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 1,000 ft

8:00am - Iron Mtn upper trailhead

Updated 4/23:

Extend your hiking, with Mountaineers day hikes nearby in central Oregon's Western Cascades:   Saturday - Iron Peak/Cone Mtn loop 7.8 miles; Sunday - Browder Ridge 6-8.4 miles; and  optional hike on Thursday or Monday - Coffin & Bachelor Mtn (3-4 mi either mtn trail, or 7 mi both; beargrass and other abundant wildflowers, views of high Cascade peaks from Mt Bachelor; located W of hwy 22,betw Santiam Jct & Detroit Lk).

Leisurely to moderate pace group hike, with 20-minute lunch and opportunities for short to extended photo/naturalist stops.  If you're looking for a faster paced hike or solo hiking, please consider joining a trip that better matches your expectations.

Camps recommended at Forest Service sites near Tombstone/SantiamPasses (W of TH & Tombstone Pass off hwy 20):  House Rock, Trout Creek, or Yukwah.  Another option is Clear Lake Resort (off hwy 126, S of hwy 20 abt 2-3 mi E of Lost Prairie CG). Forest Service camp sites reservable at 877-444-6777 or, Clear Lake cabins/camp sites reservable at

Leader tenting at Trout Creek for nights prior to and following hike.

DIRECTIONS from I-5 S/Salem to camp/TH:  hwy 22S to Santiam Junction then W on hwy 22; or hwy 20S/E. 

Recommended guidebooks (Mountaineers): 100 Classic Hikes in Oregon (Douglas Lorain)

Recommended guidebooks (non-Mountaineers):  Oregon's Best Wildflower Hikes - Northwest Region (George Wuerthner), Wildflowers of the Western Cascades (Robert Ross & Henrietta Chambers), 100 Hikes/ Travel Guide - Central Oregon Cascades (William Sullivan)

Plant and butterfly list links follow:

Iron Mtn plant list:

Butterfly Checklist/Count for Browder Ridge (similar to Iron Mtn/Cone Peak):



Iron Mountain & Cone Peak Loops

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials

  1. Navigation
  2. Sun protection
  3. Insulation (extra clothing)
  4. Illumination
  5. First aid supplies
  6. Fire
  7. Repair kit and tools, including knife
  8. Nutrition (extra food)
  9. Hydration (extra water)
  10. Emergency shelter
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