Iron Mountain

January 11, 1975

Iron Mountain is located above Tombstone Pass on the South Santiam Highway. The mountain is steep on all sides, and has one of the few Forest Service Lookouts still in existence.

The climb rapidly became a snowshoe scramble. We ascended directly the south side and snow conditions were such that on very steep places we would slide badly.

After having a chilly lunch on the summit, with whatever wind protects-on the lookout building could give, we made the descent on the west side, where wind packed snow was encountered. Getting down such a slope involved more scrambling and sliding. In places, crampons would have been more appropriate.

Once on the lower slopes of the mountain, the snowshoeing became idyllic. The scramblers were: Glenn Miller, Mike Roberts, and Jack Nitzel, leader.


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