Moderate (to Cone Peak meadows)
5.2 miles round trip
1050 feet elevation gain
Open mid-May to mid-November
Difficult (to Iron Mountain)
1900 feet elevation gain
Open mid-June through October
Left: Iron Mountian and Wild Flowers
Iron Mountain’s panoramic summit is one of the Old Cascades’ most popular hiking goals, but most people hike to it the wrong way—up a steep, dusty, largely viewless forest trail on the west side of Tombstone Pass. To really see the July wildflowers that make this area famous, take the longer, better graded Cone Peak Trail through the alpine meadows on the east side of Tombstone Pass. In fact, the viewpoint amid these flower-packed fields makes a worthwhile day-hike destination in itself.
Start by driving Highway...
A shorter, 0.8-mile route to Iron Mountain’s summit...