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Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail

Poway, CA

Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, CA 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.

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Recent Reviews

on Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
8 days ago

2 Completed2 Reviews

great walk, when you get to the loop make sure you have walking sticks. some parts of the loop can get a little loose and steep.

on Lawson Peak Trail
19 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Hi, this trail is by far one of the best, in the sense of challenging, the trail is up hill and washed out making it harder to hike. This is NOT A WALK IN THE PARK, involves also rock climbing and I will recommend lots of water and food, it will take your time to reach to the top. I actually record the journey myself with my gopro hero4, go check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hH55k5H0POY
And don't forget to subscribe I will do more hiking vlogs.

on McGinty Mountain Trail
20 days ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

Absolutely recommend this trail. Evenly dispersed steep areas throughout the trail with rest areas alike, makes it a very enjoyable hike. Filled with different views of Jamul, the climate changes throughout the hike also makes it one of my favorite relaxing spots in San Diego. With very little people ever around, it makes it a good area to get away from the crowds and get in sync with your thoughts. There is also a small cave you see once you are close to the top that I am definitely checking out on my next hike.

on Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
1 month ago

hiking
2 Completed1 Reviews

on McGinty Mountain Trail
1 month ago

hiking
11 Completed11 Reviews

This is a nice one. Clearly marked with super cute markers. Quiet with great views. We went in Spring so lots of flowers. Like most San Diego County trails, temperatures warm up quickly. Chaparral and no shade. Negligible breeze. Terrain was rocky. There were hardly any critters, just bugs and birds.
It was really enjoyable with cool temps.

on Lawson Peak Trail
1 month ago

hiking
2 Completed2 Reviews

First off on the direction map it states the destination is on the right, it's on the left though. If you start by going up then you're good, opposite of the 130 marker. It's almost 2 miles steady climb, very manageable but really no flat until the top of the jeep trail. After that it's a road that cuts through, and a small trail dead ahead, luckily shortly into the trail someone marked an arrow with rocks helping hikers know they're on the right route. You get into some shrubs and some bouldering, which was more than the three sisters hike, and potentially more dangerous. A few things will help, wear hiking boots so you don't slip on the boulders. Go with an experienced hiker if you are not, there are some areas you can teammate through. Good team building exercise. Don't bring your spray paint and litter the trail with empty bottles at the top. Wouldn't recommend a first time hiker come here in the summer heat, not in shape. Recipe for disaster. It also helps to have another person to help you out if you aren't experienced on the boulders. Didn't see the cave but did see some cool rock formations and had good views at the top. Going down however, much different story so freaking easy going down. The trail it self is pretty good but when getting to the boulder climb it gets challenging, might slow your pace due to position of how your footing is to be able to climb the Boulders. The way you came up recommend you go the same way down. Tried to look for alternate route down, but none seemed Safer than the way I got up. Out of a 2.2 mile hike, you probably won't find one that you feel as satisfied making the top, good workout, I'll be back like terminator.

on McGinty Mountain Trail
1 month ago

hiking
15 Completed8 Reviews

I have hiked all over..three sisters..Mt wilson..San miguel..cowles..iron mtn..fortuna..Kwaay Paay etc..I'd call this hike 30 percent harder than Cowles and twice as long..moderate for a fir daily hiker and hard for a weekend warrior..bring half gallon water and hike on a cooler day or in morning. took me hour and half..

on McGinty Mountain Trail
1 month ago

hiking
15 Completed8 Reviews

OK so I hike quite a bit. I have not been on top of Mt Whitney yet but have done 3 Sisters..been at top of San Miguel..Iron Mountain and up Cowles..Fortuna..Pyles Peak..Kwaay Paay and more. Hardest I have done to date is Mt Wilson and locally I'd say 3 Sisters. This hike is moderate for a daily hiker and I'd call it hard for a weekend warrior. I actually have at at 5.6 miles on my GPS watch. I'd says it's 30 percent harder than Cowles Mountain and twice as long in total. Bring a half gallon of water if it's hot and enjoy..

on Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
1 month ago

11 Completed4 Reviews

on Lawson Peak Trail
1 month ago

hiking
72 Completed69 Reviews

Bagged both Lawson and Gaskill peaks in this hike. Almost 8 miles and 2300 ft round trip. Both summit cut offs are quite overgrown and difficult. Low level rock climbing required. Very tricky but very fun. Be careful and come prepared.

on Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
1 month ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

on McGinty Mountain Trail
1 month ago

3 Completed1 Reviews

on Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
1 month ago

hiking
5 Completed5 Reviews

Fun little morning hike. Going counter clockwise is easiest, with one big incline once you make that cut Westward. Clockwise would be tough. Not a lot of shade so be prepared for that. Really pretty throughout the area. Also a hunting area, I'll be checking that out this bird season. Couple of side trails too.

on McGinty Mountain Trail
1 month ago

hiking
1 Completed1 Reviews

on Lawson Peak Trail
1 month ago

12 Completed5 Reviews

amazing ; great views

on Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
1 month ago

2 Completed1 Reviews

on Lawson Peak Trail
1 month ago

hiking
3 Completed3 Reviews

It's was great. Slight incline the entire time. Gravel, small, medium and large rocks pretty much the entire which I consider a real hike. The trail up to the peak is slightly over grown. You get to utilize rock climbing skills over and up some boulders. If you take you dog, go early and take lots of water. My dog is black and soaks up the sun. We went through 8 water bottles. I poured 2 on him. There is no shade!

on McGinty Mountain Trail
1 month ago

-112 Completed2 Reviews

on Lawson Peak Trail
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews

It was cool

on Lawson Peak Trail
2 months ago

1 Completed1 Reviews