A new parking lot was opened earlier this month at the foot of Iron Mountain.
For many years, hikers have had to park on the wide of Highway 67 and dangerously make their way to the trailhead. One of the more popular suburban hikes in the area, Iron Mountain attracts hundreds of hikers every weekend.
Now they can park in a decomposed granite parking lot that can hold about 100 cars and also has room for trucks with equestrian trailers. There are new restrooms and lights for those early or late hikes, even though the sign reads that the trail is open between sunrise and sunset.
They've also added new turn lanes so access to the trailhead will be a lot easier and safer. Due to concerns over pedestrian safety the lot was approved by the city of Poway in 2003.