Boasting incredible views on a family-friendly hike, Iron Mountain has seen year after year of heavy use and is now in critical need of maintenance.
This 1.6-mile trail leads from the historic Hayes Farm property over the summit of Iron Mountain and south to a series of cliffs overlooking Intervale, Glen, and Bartlett. Although the summit is wooded, there are several lookouts along the trail offering views of the Presidential Range and Attitash/Bear Peak. There is also a side trail near the southern end that leads to an old iron mine site. The original trail from the edge of the farm property to the summit of Iron Mountain has become badly eroded and gullied. The proposed work includes adding new drainage structures near the bottom of the slope, and relocating approximately ½ to ¾ of a mile of the trail below the summit to a more sustainable grade.
Work is expected to take 6-8 weeks to complete
Background & History
An extremely popular trail in the White Mountain National Forest, Iron Mountain boasts incredible views on a family-friendly hike. It is also a historical site that is home to the remains of a 19th century iron mine with slag heaps of magnetite, a deep pit, and a tunnel. Broken and eroded rock at the peak of the mountain and the amount of use the trail sees each year has led to the White Mountain National Forest naming Iron Mountain as a critical trail maintenance need.