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Fess up, who has run them more than once?
My son and I rode them yesterday (Thursday) and found them not to be particularly mtb friendly. Lots of hike n bike and the kind of rocks that always jump up and beat the crap out of expensive derailleurs and frames.
And after all that work, we didn't even get to see the view from up there. Totally socked in.
I probably would have enjoyed it a bit more if the boy was having a better time of it, but...
 

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I hike my rig to the top but I'm crazy like that. Those trails are bad ass, another trail where xc bikes are futile.
 

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Quite a few lovers of Chunk ride that, DFT loves it, Agua built a rock ramp on one large boulder. TCB used to ride before he got broken. Not a trail for XC bikes.

We were there last weekend scoping lines. Seems parts are getting wider.
 

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I have only hiked Iron Mtn on foot, trail seemed to be un-ridable for so much of the terrain, plus the high volume of foot traffic would be a pain in the butt.
 

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mpmffitz said:
I go on weekdayz no hikers a little lonely but alot of fun a good wrkout for a good suspension.
I was surprised on how many people were on the trail around mid day yesterday.
I did see Aqua's rock ramp (didn't even bother on my bike.) I did enjoy trials riding
the rocks down the hill though.
 

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yeah its an weekday ride or hike--a-bike then an awsome downhill trail haha. Their are to many hikers during the weekends and weekdays 2.I guess its just a matter of luck when you can avoid the crowds.......and get a bear bell at rei so the people that are out there can hear you coming.
 

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I think I'm going to give Ellie Ln a run as a loop. One of the neat treasures of that place is the Jeep road that finishes at the pond, was a place I used to go as a kid in the 60's.
Grew up in Poway.
 

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Yeah, I ride Iron Mtn semi regularly and the trail work near the peak made it much easier. Kind of a bummer. It's still a technical trail although Ellie is far more technical and less crowded.
 

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Iron Mountain and Ellie Lane are an acquired taste kind of trails. It is certainly not MTB friendly, that is what makes it such a challenging ride for those who want to "play chess" with your bike in some really good chunk. Leave the racer boy SIDI shoes at home, you will get in some HAB here. There is a mega effort-to-mile ratio for this place so don't let the mileage fool you. This place is a beater and we are getting into the brain boil days of summer as well.
 

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mtbbill said:
Iron Mountain and Ellie Lane are an acquired taste kind of trail. Is is certainly not MTB friendly, that is what makes it such a challenging ride for those who want to "play chess" with your bikein some really good chunk. Leave the racer boy SIDI shoes at home, you will get in some HAB here. There is a mega effort-to-mile ratio for this place so don't let the mileage fool you. This place is a beate and we are getting into the brain boil days of summer as well.
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Don't let the milage fool you he says.......
Averaged less than 6mph for the hour and a half we actually rode (or at least the 1.5hrs the front wheel was turning!)
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