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Iron Mountain #2


Location: Los Angeles County, about 9 miles north of La Cañada-Flintridge, 53 miles from Los Angeles


Auto ClubLos Angeles and Vicinity
Forest ServiceAngeles National Forest
USGS ToposCondor Peak 7½, Sunland 7½
Official HPS Maps TPO file - Save to your computer then open with National Geographic TOPO!
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 GPX file or Google Earth KML file to download to GPS units and other map software (How to use GPX and KML files)
 Routes as shown on CalTopo using the above files (How to use CalTopo)

Nearby Peaks: Mount Gleason, Condor Peak, Fox Mountain #2

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 6+ miles round trip on road and cross-country
Gain: 1300' total, 600' out plus 700' on return
Time: 3 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, easy

Original: Dick Akawie, February 1968

Note: The gate at Mount Gleason Road at Mill Creek Summit has been closed to vehicles for a number of years. 3N17 is accessible to biking and hiking, following the directions and mileage below. This adds 22 miles round trip to a previously 10 mile hike (Route 1), so check out Route 2 unless you are a hard core hiker or mountain biker!


  • Drive north on Angeles Crest Highway (SR 2) for 9.5 miles to its junction with Angeles Forest Highway (N3). Turn left.
  • Drive north on Angeles Forest Highway 14.2 miles to Mill Creek Summit. Turn left on Mount Gleason Road (3N17). Note your odometer and go as follows:
  • At 6.2 miles, a fork, where the paved road goes into a detention center. Take the left fork (dirt) around the detention center.
  • At 8.8 miles, a gated paved road goes right (north) just past a microwave tower. This is the parking spot for Mount Gleason. Keep left.
  • At 9.3 miles, fork. Turn left.
  • At 9.5 miles, fork at Lightning Point Campground (shown on topo as "Mt. Gleason Campground"). Turn right.
  • Continue downhill about 1.6 miles to a locked gate at a saddle. This saddle is just northeast of bump 5846'.


  • From the parking area (5700'), pass the gate and hike west 1 1/2 miles to Indian Ben Saddle. Two trails leave the road at this point marked by signs.
  • Continue west on the road 1/4 mile to a where the road forks.
  • Keep right and follow 3N32 another 0.1 mile to a saddle where the road curves around to the north side of the ridge.
  • Leave the road here and climb a firebreak west 0.8 mile and 400' gain to the summit.

Note: Iron, Condor and Fox as a single hike is 14+ miles and about 4200' gain, plus 22 miles round trip and additional gain on the road from Mill Creek Summit.

Printable version of this route


(USFS Adventure Pass may be required)
Distance: 15 miles round trip on trail, road, and cross-country
Gain: 3800'
Time: 8-9 hours round trip
Rating: Class 1, strenuous

Original: Paul A. Lipsohn, May 1974


  • From the intersection of Mt. Gleason Avenue and Foothill Boulevard in Sunland, drive north on Mount Gleason, which becomes Big Tujunga Canyon Road, about 5 miles to Upper Trail Canyon Road on the left. Turn left.
  • Follow this road to a large parking area and a locked gate. Park here.


  • From the parking area, hike up Trail Canyon Trail (13W03) 5 miles and 3000' gain, passing Tom Lucas Campground, to where the trail meets the Condor Peak Trail between Iron Mountain #2 and Condor Peak.
  • Turn left (northwest), passing a water tank, and hike 1/2 mile farther on a dirt road, past a gate, to a road fork.
  • Turn left (west) and go 0.1 mile to a saddle where the road curves around to the north side of the ridge.
  • Leave the road here and climb a firebreak west 0.8 mile and 400' gain to the summit.

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