Laura Dvorak 5:47 p.m., Dec. 6
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The shorter route up Iron Mountain has become San Diego County’s second most popular hike — after the ascent of Cowles Mountain.
North County’s Iron Mountain thrusts its conical summit nearly 2700 feet above sea level, well above any low-lying wintertime haze over the coast and suburbs. On many a crystalline December day, the summit offers a ...