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Ironstone Mountain

South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley
46.7155, -121.1656 Map & Directions
Length
21.0 miles, roundtrip
Elevation Gain
6159 feet
Highest Point
6457 feet
Calculated Difficulty About Calculated Difficulty
Hard
The summit of Ironstone Mountain. Photo by greymstreet. Full-size image

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The Ironstone Mountain Trail provides a challenging rollercoaster of a ridge hike, taking you to the summits of Burnt Mountain, Ironstone Mountain and McNeil Peak, with rewarding views of the surrounding area. Continue reading

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Hiking Ironstone Mountain

The Ironstone Mountain Trail provides a challenging rollercoaster of a ridge hike, taking you right up close to the summits of Burnt Mountain, Ironstone Mountain and McNeil Peak, with rewarding views of the surrounding area.

The trail takes you to the summit of Burnt Mountain early on in the hike, about 2 miles in, after 625 feet in elevation gain. 

If you want to hike on the Shellrock Peak trail or summit Shellrock Peak, the junction is about 3.1 miles in from the trailhead, after about 939 feet in elevation gain.

After that, the trail gets close to the summit of Ironstone Mountain around 5.6 miles into the hike, after 1,271 feet in elevation gain. 

Continuing along, the trail passes close to the summit of McNeil Peak 9.3 miles into the hike, after 2,545 feet in elevation gain. 

The trail ends at a junction with the Rattlesnake Trail (#1114). You can extend your hike further by continuing onto the Rattlesnake Trail, or head back to the trailhead the way you came in. 

You can also reach Ironstone Mountain Trail via the Russell Ridge trail; the two trails meet between Ironstone Mountain and McNeil Peak. 

Note: This trail is very dry, so make sure to pack enough water for your hike. 

Ironstone Mountain

Map & Directions

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Co-ordinates: 46.7155, -121.1656 Open in Google Maps

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Getting There

From Yakima, head west on Highway 12. Take a right onto NF-1500, just past Hause Creek.

In 0.3 miles, take a left at the fork. At the next fork, in about a mile, take a left. At the junction with NF-1304 in about 0.6 miles, take the left. In 0.7 miles, take a sharp right onto NF-1500. Continue for about 4.6 miles. Take the left fork onto NF-199. The trailhead will be at the end of the road in about 2.1 miles. 

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Trailhead

South Cascades > White Pass/Cowlitz River Valley

Ironstone Mountain Trail (#1141)

Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest

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