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.
Steady climb for the first half then gets steeper with some short switch backs. Nice view of San Diego County from the top. Too long to get on top of the potato chip rock so just took a pic next to it. As always bring plenty of water and some snacks.
This trail is a round trip of about 6-7 miles. On the first half you climb a pretty step incline on paved road. It literally kicked my butt. I had to stop every 15-20 steps to catch my breath & give my legs rest. Now, I'm in the worst shape of my life. Still, that incline is a killer
Great hike. Get there early if you want to avoid the wait at the photo opp. Parking from Lake Poway doesn't open until 6 but that's early enough if you're there RIGHT when they open. It's $5......or just say you're fishing cause for SOME reason they get in free.
Only 2 real shady spots of you go up during the day or "rush hour" which by what I saw on the way down.......is leaving the parking lot at 7 am or later cause the trail was PACKED on my way down.
There are such great views from the actual "chip" but be aware that you may forget to take them in for the spectacle of taking your picture on the thing. So look around.
Very nice hike with a lot of Riparian Oaks which I like. A little confusing at times bc trails aren't all marked especially around the lake itself. The lake loop is gorgeous. Two thumbs up even though I got overheated at mile 5. We hiked at 1:00 and it was at least 90 degrees. So there's that.