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

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mountain biking

trail running

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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.

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6 days ago

What a great hike! Beautiful views! A bit scared of the potato chip rock but worth the pic! I would do it again! Take snacks and plenty of water!

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6 days ago

Alot of people, but great hike! :)

7 days ago

Must do! Except long line to take photos on the weekends

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8 days ago

One of the best trail San Diego has to offer.. only downside very crowded on the weekends.... go early..

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8 days ago

I love this hike! ok if you're a beginner it will seem like a hard hike but to be honest if you go early in the morning and just take your time and rest as many time as needed, but just make it to the end. The line to take picture took about 45min. It's a nice hike just long.

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10 days ago

Is this 7 miles round trip? or 7 miles to the rock and another 7 back?

10 days ago

Not one of the most wonderful trails to hike. The views were nice in the valley below, but by the time we reached potato chip rock, clouds have moved in and the valley was obscured. long line at the Rock to get their photos taken. Some of the kids, spent more time than was necessary on the rock made it difficult for others to get on to it. Glad I did it once but not going to go out again

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15 days ago

Trail was more difficult than I anticipated, but a great hike.