IRON MOUNTAIN

Climate Recreation Hydrology


Iron Mountain, located in the Pacific Ranges mountain range, is a prominent peak that stands at an elevation of approximately 8,007 feet. It is renowned for its impressive size and challenging terrain, attracting both experienced hikers and mountaineers. This mountain is characterized by its rugged slopes and breathtaking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape.

During the winter season, Iron Mountain experiences a significant snowpack, making it a popular destination for backcountry skiing and snowshoeing. The snowpack range can vary depending on weather conditions, with depths ranging from several feet to over ten feet in some years. This accumulation of snow provides ample opportunities for winter recreational activities.

Several creeks and rivers benefit from the runoff that originates from Iron Mountain. Notably, the nearby San Gabriel River receives water from the melting snow, ensuring a steady flow throughout the year. This runoff also contributes to the overall ecosystem and supports various plant and animal life in the surrounding area.

The name "Iron Mountain" is derived from the presence of iron ore in the region. The mountain's reddish-brown appearance is a result of the iron-rich minerals found in its rocks. While Iron Mountain does not possess any notable legends or folklore, its historical significance and natural beauty make it a beloved destination for outdoor enthusiasts seeking adventure and stunning vistas.

Fire Weather Watch
Until 2024-07-13T21:00:00-07:00 National Weather Service
...FIRE WEATHER WATCH IN EFFECT FROM 9 AM PDT SATURDAY MORNING THROUGH 9 PM PDT SATURDAY EVENING FOR DRY THUNDERSTORMS FOR INTERIOR MOUNTAINS, FOOTHILLS, AND VALLEYS OF LOS ANGELES, VENTURA, SANTA BARBARA, AND SAN LUIS OBISPO COUNTIES... .An upper-atmospheric weather disturbance off the Pacific Coast will interact with an influx of monsoonal moisture to create the possibility for isolated to widely scattered thunderstorms across portions of Southern California on Saturday. Average thunderstorm motions will range from north-northwestward to north- northeastward at 20 to 35 mph. While the risk for thunderstorms will be present anytime from early Saturday morning through Saturday night, the most-likely time window for thunderstorms will be 9 AM PDT Saturday morning through 9 PM PDT Saturday evening. Thunderstorms will be high-based and will produce little to no precipitation. And given the moderate storm motions, isolated to widely scattered dry thunderstorms will be possible on Saturday. Thunderstorms will also be capable of producing gusty, erratic outflow winds, gusting upwards of 45 to 60 mph on a localized basis. With the ongoing extended heatwave, contributing to significant drying of fuels, a significant fire-weather risk will exist on Saturday. The National Weather Service in Los Angeles/Oxnard has issued a Fire Weather Watch for thunderstorms, which is in effect from Saturday morning through Saturday evening. * THUNDERSTORMS...Isolated to widely scattered dry thunderstorms possible, capable of lightning-induced ignitions. Thunderstorms will be high-based, and produce little, if any, precipitation. * OUTFLOW WINDS...Strong and erratic outflow winds produced by the dry thunderstorms, locally gusting to 45 to 60 mph, will have the potential to cause rapid spread of any ongoing fires, as well as any new fires. This includes the ongoing Lake Fire in Santa Barbara County. * IMPACTS...Conditions will be favorable for lightning-induced ignitions from dry thunderstorms. Conditions will also be favorable for rapid wildfire spread and extreme fire behavior due to strong and erratic outflow winds. These conditions could threaten life and property. In addition, hot temperatures will bring the potential for large vertical plume growth. These conditions have the potential to be EXTREMELY DANGEROUS for wildfire operations.

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