Iron MountainClimb a peak near Mount Rainier for infrequently seen views of Washington's most famous peak. Climbing experience and equipment required. https://staging.wta.org/go-hiking/hikes/iron-mountain-1https://staging.wta.org/site_images/hikes/view-from-iron.jpg/@@download/image/View from Iron.jpg
From the relatively flat Kautz Creek Trail, head into Indian Henry's Hunting Ground. At the junction with the Wonderland Trail, turn south (onto the Wonderland) and hike for about a quarter or a mile and then head cross country to the northeast. Hike through open forest and huckleberry bushes
Iron Mountain can be reached by following the ridge or sidehilling just to the right of it. A small trail marks the best way up, featuring some moderately steep grass, a few scrub trees, nothing more challenging at than class 2 to the plateau summit area.
WTA Pro Tip: Save a copy of our directions before you leave! App-based driving directions aren't always accurate and data connections may be unreliable as you drive to the trailhead.
From Tacoma, drive east on State Route 7 to Elbe, then veer left onto SR 706 to enter the park at the Nisqually Entrance near Ashford. Continue east toward Longmire. Park at the Kautz Creek parking area on the south side the road, just after crossing a bridge and culvert.