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Very scenic hike around the Olivenhain Resevoir with views of Lake Hodges and the Paciific Ocean.

Beautiful hike

I love this hike- flat enjoyable path around lake to gradual incline to pretty steep hike as you get to the top- Im older so I find this challenging enough for exercise- always see quail and roadrunner or two with nice view of lake- love it!

Worth the climb! Amazing views from every angle! Great workout!

The boys (husky mixes) and I finally made this hike today. Gorgeous views & rock formations; I took so many photos of the boys standing on the rocks and looking off into the distance.
I average 3-5 miles daily with some elevation on run days and I really felt like this was a challenging hike; we took about 3 hours including breaks for water & photos and a long walk back to the first parking lot. Next time, I’ll park much closer to the trailhead. I couldn’t believe the number of people we encountered running this trail! I also was amazed at the number of kids doing this hike!
I brought 4 liters of water and we went through most of it- though I’m pretty sure I leaked as my pack & back were soaked when we reached the top. Thankfully, I had 2 separate bladders and the second was full for our trip down. Had just enough at the end to fill the boys’ bowls one last time and the stinkers didn’t even want it!
We started at 7:45 and managed to have much shade up until probably the last mile or so on the way down. We did not see any snakes, but the boys found a few lizards.
There were enough people that I felt safe as a solo female but, surprisingly, not near as many people I expected having read about this hike online. We did not stop for a chip photo, as we were solo. Like others, we saw some drones up at the top and heard an occasional speaker.
We didn’t come across any aggressive or unleashed dogs.
We found people we encountered to be polite, if not downright friendly. The boys got a few pets & ear scratches from new friends. We tried really hard to give way in narrow spots and others did the same.
We’ll definitely be back.

hiking
4 days ago

I really liked this hike. I ended up doing about 6.5 miles round trip with a few small route detours.

First mile is a pretty good uphill workout, great training hike for harder hikes. I liked the views and that you view first the Reservoir and then Lake Hodges if you go all the way up.

Will definitely do this one again.

Great day hike. Nice workout and good views. You can park down the road if the lot is full. There is also a water fountain up near the top with potable water.

Amazing trail and great workout!

Excellent workout!...
Afraid of snakes but worth the hike. I will come back with friends, perfect place to meditate and relax.
This is where I realize that I must workout harder to be in shape " GOOD HEALTH ".
Enjoy life!......

This is one of the best trails in San Diego county. It has so many variations and challenging trails for all levels. I haven’t found another trail that matches its intensity and the sights and sounds are a real payoff

Great location and fun hike.

Good trail & perfect Apring temps yesterday. We did see a rattles Abe crossing the trail, so keep an eye out.
4/08/18

Good trail; perfect Spring temps yesterday. We did see a rattle snake crossing the trail, so keep an eye out.
4/08/18

Needed to wait in line for a pic on the rock

Not crowded during midday. Some rocky sections but mostly towards the top. Views of other mountains and rooftops of houses.

Great trail run for uphill and downhill. Approx 2 hrs if you bypass the line up top to take a photo.

A good workout for the day. The views are great but teenagers ruin it with loud music all the way to the top. Even at the top there was a small crowd (50+) waiting in line to climb on the rock. Still, the battle for whose loud music to overcome the other. 10am on top was not early enough.

Great hike. Really enjoyed these steeper climb toward the end. Lots dogs and lots of people. Recommend if you don’t mind a lot of traffic.

Really fun hike and shockingly not that crowded on a Saturday. From Poway lake to Potato chip rock it was 2.5 hours, just under 7 miles round trip. I would say a moderate hike but have hiking shoes and plenty of water. One crazy thing we saw was people with drones at the top. One guy on the potato chip rock had drone taking pictures of himself for about 10 minutes while other people were waiting in line! How about this- get on the potato chip rock take picture like a normal person and walk away?!

great endurance hike

Amazing hike! Definitely a great workout with a solid 33 pounds of baby on your back. Great views! Go early to get some shade and not have to wait long to get your picture on the chip ;). Bring plenty of water and snacks!

Amazing trail. Great views. Definitely would do it again. Take plenty of water!! On the harder side.

best trail i have done,will definitely be back.

Awesome hike! Beautiful trail and scenery from the parking lot (signs said parking pass required, but luckily we didn't get cited) down the Tenaja Trail. Trail was easy to follow & well maintained. We decided to do the loop, but after you cross the creek and start heading up the other side, you eventually get to a paved road for several miles back to the parking lot. It's pretty steep and not very interesting. If we did it again we'd definitely just go out & back on the same trail. Highly recommended!

Great hike and view!

This trail is more on the hard side because of its length (7.6 miles) and it’s steepness. If you or whoever you’re with isn’t in pretty good shape don’t try it. There is a long line at the potato chip rock to take a picture. Take one bottle of water per person plus snack bars. Wear hiking shoes or boots, not running shoes, due to rocks. Wear sunscreen at midday.

Really great trail, but really exhausting for the people we brought along who don’t hike all the time. There weren’t any maps located at the trail head, but as long as you keep following the Mt Woodson Trail and don’t get led astray by other trails forking off, you should be fine. Jumping across to the potato chip park of the Boulder was a little scary for myself who is afraid of heights, but had to do it for the pic. Happy trails!

Great incline for a workout. I went on Tuesday and just a few of us in line for the photo op :) bring lots of water and protein bars.

wonderful time every yard walkd it's a perfect experience

hiking
1 month ago

I would rate this on the more difficult side of moderate (length you should actually figure there and back, which I tracked at about 7 miles, plus elevation gain at some points does get pretty steep). Trail was overgrown in areas, and narrow in some areas with what would be a very steep tumble only a trip/stumble away-- probably not best for littles. Luckily not crowded at all, only a handful of people, or I would have had to turn back, since navigating those narrower parts of the trail with my two dogs + competing foot traffic would have been a no-go. Would have been nice if the trail was more clearly marked-- I was trying to get all the way to the falls, and the first time I went I couldn't figure out the way due to lack of signage so had to turn back at fisherman's camp... disappointing considering it was a trek just to get that far and have to turn back. Second attempt I made it though! Just have to look around and kind of make a "best guess" as to which way to go at some points until you find the more defined trail. When I went the falls were barely trickling, but rain over this past weekend should make for more water flow. First 1/4 mile or so the trail is mostly shaded; good for escaping the sun. A couple water crossings, but at the time it was very shallow, plus there are rocks to hop on over. There are some good vantage points for some really beautiful views, but mostly a very quiet hike where it would be easy to zone out and clear your mind if it weren't for having to so closely monitor your footing.

Also, at the trailhead it is posted that a pass is required to enter and must be displayed on your vehicle left at the lot.

Overall would go again!

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