Nestled in the hills of Poway, the Lake Poway Recreation Area not only serves as the water supply for residents, but also has provided exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities since 1972. Get hooked on fishing and boating, head up the mountain on a hike, take aim at archery, or enjoy a leisurely picnic. Park closes at sunset.

I finally got to hike Mt Woodson and it didn't disappoint! Chose the perfect morning to hike as it was a super clear (cold!) morning and we could see all the way to the ocean as well as spot Catalina island! We started at 6:30am on a Saturday morning and surprisingly there was not a line at the top for Potato Chip rock. Coming down was when the masses of people were coming up! I recommend starting right when the gates open, which is at 6am. Great hike!

Great hike. Went up on a Friday during the middle of the day. There was 1 group of 2 people at Potato Chip, no line. It can happen. Great views and amazing scenery.

Awesome hike with great views along the way and at the top! Lake Poway is beautiful. Didn't even have to wait to take a photo on the rock! Going down is definitely easier.

tougher than I thought! I was wearing a 35# pack and I must admit I was surprised at how challenging it was.
but, really pretty route with great rock outcroppings and giant builders, plants, birds, etc.
did not take the obligatory chip photo but whatever!

This hike was awesome. Be sure and bring lots of water as this is a pretty intense vert hike. It's labeled as moderate but I would say it's a little bit above moderate. I left at 6:30AM and reached the top to take cool pics on the chip with very little people waiting around. Good luck & Have fun!

Beautiful hike. It took about two hours to get to the top, and an hour to get down. There was quite a long line at the potato chip at 11:00 A.M., so we skipped photos there. Take plenty of water...we finished 2 liters each by the time we returned to the parking lot.

Great hike. Took three kids 8, 11, and 13 and we made it up and down in under 4 hours. The potato chip rock had a big line, so we went to the summit and had a snack on rock with a view instead.

This hike inspired me to buy a camelback. Be sure to hydrate the day before as well. Go early. Bring a solid companion.

15 days ago

long and stiff hike.. bring lots of water..!

15 days ago

it's a long and stiff hike. bring lots of water..

I was surprised at how well maintained the trail was considering the high traffic. A little over an hour wait for the pic on the chip. lots of tourists.

An excellent trail and certainly never really let's you rest. Most of It is steep uphill. Somewhat short but the steepness will make you feel other wise. There was a line at the rock, but everyone is very welcoming up there. I even saw a marriage proposal up there, great exercise and fun.

Great Hike be prepared to have at least 2 liters per person to be safe. It was a very strenuous hike as soon as you start going up the last 30 minutes. Hydrate hydrate hydrate the day prior