Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail

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Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

7.5 miles 2335 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

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wildlife

Mt Woodson offers breathtaking vistas along the hike from Lake Poway. This hike is moderately strenuous, and easy to access due to its convenient location. The trail is very steep and narrow in some places, but well marked and maintained most of the way until the last 1/2 hour to the top. In the summer, be sure to take enough water, it gets extremely hot and dry! The views to the ocean and to Palomar Mountain to the East are worth the effort. Consider bringing a picnic for the top or when getting back to Lake Poway. There is a shorter but steeper way to the top, via highway 67 that is paved and well maintained, but less often travelled.

hiking
15 hours ago

It was a really nice hike with incline almost 80% of the time. We did 4.5 roundtrip around 3 pm and got back to the car by 5 pm. We did spend some time at the chip taking photos. It was worth a trip and would come back!

17 hours ago

Love it there, way too many people on the weekends but its a really good workout.

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4 days ago

Good reward at the end. This hike is a must do in San Diego.

7 days ago

I love the view more exhausting then I initially thought but totally worth it!

hiking
7 days ago

Too busy

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12 days ago

Go early! It gets packed!

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15 days ago

parked at Lake Poway, that is the natural side up to the chip, the other side is the access road for the microwaves . 5 & 1/2 hours up and back. We were exhausted but exhilarated that we could even do this, We are older (60 ish) I have breathing issues, Normally I can do a 20 minute mile, this was more like 1 mile per hour, of course you can turn around at any time.Go early, bring water and a walking stick, some parts of the trail are very difficult, seemingly straight up, but a good trail non the less. 72 degrees , perfect. weather

16 days ago

Perfect time of the year to go- line to take a pic is ridiculous FYI