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hiking
13 hours ago

I’m not sure why this trail is rated as hard. It does have a steep incline at the beginning (about the first 3rd of the trail) but it’s not too difficult if you take it slow. If anything I would consider it moderate. It’s a great trail and scenic in the spring time when everything is green.

love the view

Easy to get to and very well maintained trail. First half is a wide, uphill path with the second half being a stepper trail up stones. There is a long line to take a photo at the top though. Got up in about an hour really pushing the pace.

It's not very shady and a pretty difficult hike when it's hot but of course worth it for the photo op! It gets very very busy so earlier better than later!

Fortuna Bear Super blood wolf moon total lunar eclipse. Awesome

Amazing hike to Potato Chip Rock, the wait wasn’t bad. People were very good about trading phones for pictures , if you took their picture , they would wait for your group to go out to the rock and take your picture. Some people complain about the wait, it’s not bad especially if you work as a team.

Beautiful hike, gave it only 4 stars because there was a ~45 min wait to climb potato chip rock for a picture.

trail running
7 days ago

It’s steeper than the other peaks in Mission Regional, but with a good pace, can use it as running trail for a real good work out

hiking
9 days ago

Hit this hike Sunday 1/13, with a group of 6, right between storms with absolutely PERFECT weather. 28 degrees at 7am when I arrived, still at or below freezing when we started at 8. Had to stop once or twice early to dial in the proper amount of layers, settled with regular wind/water resistant pants, quick dry T shirt and light weight pullover. Obligatory wool socks/water proof(ish)boots. Beanie for good measure on the way down.

What can I say, as soon as you get done taking in the spectacular views in one spot, just hike for about 20 more minutes to be blown away again. This continues all the way to Suicide Rock which does not disappoint! We started early and everything was covered in a fresh powder that packed nicely and just amplified the experience. On the way back(passed a few groups headed up) it was warming up and melting so it was almost a different hike coming down. All in all 7.5 miles, 1956ft gain 3hr 45 min and a kick ass time.

Great hike. The beginning had the most elevation gain and then flattened out a bit so if you can get through the first half hour, you will be fine. It started snowing hard on our way up but but we finished the hike. The snow made the hike just that much more spectacular. It felt like a winter wonderland. No views from the peak though due to the snow and clouds. Thankfully we brought a ton of layers because it got very very cold near the top with the heavy snow.

hiking
10 days ago

Went a day after the rain and everything was pretty much dried out except for the very top, where there was still ice! Took out small dog and he enjoyed it very much, wasn't a struggle for him at all. I took hiking poles too, but they weren't really any help, so you don't actually need them. It is just hiking uphill all the way up, but once you get to the top the views are wonderful and the fire lookout is pretty cool too. There's a bathroom all the way up at the top too. People also use the first half of this road for offroading, so be aware there will be trucks, jeeps and other vehicles making the trek up with you. Parking is just right at the trailhead, not a huge space, but there weren't many cars when we came so I'm sure you don't have to worry about it being full.

This is a strenuous hike and well worth it. Did this hike on January 11, 2019. Snow was 3ft or higher and temperatures in the very low degrees. We were equipped with the necessary things that we needed to finish the hike at night. Starting at 10:20 am and finished at 8:20 pm. Well worth it. One important thing is to have a map or download AllTrails.

hiking
10 days ago

it's all fire road but you will get your exercise going uphill

Overcrowded. Overrated. And relatively boring most of the hike. A nice workout and a gorgeous wait in line at the top. This hike wouldn’t be so bad if not as many unprepared and rude people hiked it. Go extremely early if you want to enjoy yourself and the nature around you.

Not for the unprepared or inexperienced due to weather!! Also, prepare for 1 hour + wait time for the tram if you do not arrive EARLY.

TRAIL DETAILS as of 1/6/2019

Went up yesterday to the summit. You will need snowshoes and crampons to get to the top safely and since the going is slow, plan your daylight time for an 8 hour round-trip just to be safe.

LOTS OF SNOW: there is about 3-4 ft of soft powder past Wellman’s Divide and you may or may not have a clear trail carved out for you. Pack for temps in the 10-15 degrees with strong gusts of wind. Reservoir tubes freeze quickly so know the steps to keep your water flowing as it’s a strenuous climb in the deep powder!

Otherwise, it’s a beautiful hike in near perfect winter/snow conditions but be smart and gear up to stay warm!!

Good hard hike for a nice workout. Did this during summer so I Started at 6 am with my dog and ended at 9/10 am. Start and end with a walk near the lake. Potato chip was a little disappointing and you have to climb up on to get to but still a nice fun hike.

Try to go early in the morning. You’ll bit the sun and the line to take a photo at the famous potato chip rock.

This is my second time on this hike and is fun and challenging as always. I went with a ton of my family so we kept stopping to take pictures. This trail is definitely a leg killer but if you push yourself you will make it! People need to pick up their dogs crap and throw the bags away! I’m trying to enjoy a nice hike without worrying about stepping in dog crap! It’s also very crowded, but really fun!

Beautiful trail and not many people on it. It’s challenging and it’s close to 4 miles up with a 2,000ft elevation gain (according to my Apple Watch). There was snow/ice is many places so make sure to wear hiking shoes and not tennis shoes. Dress in layers. It’s chilly, especially if you go early in the morning like I did.

Very crowded, kind of boring

Trail itself was great. People hiking not so much. Unleashed dogs. Poop bags left on trailside everywhere. Way to crowded. Worst of all was the amplified music, seriously invest in some headphones if you really need the tunes. And the mountain bikers, why even try on a weekend?

we loved this hike. Alot of people was on the trail and at the "chip". Rain made it a lil slippery coming back down but overall it was amazing.

hiking
19 days ago

Great work out if you keep the pace up. We made it up and down in 3 hours. Great views at the top!

Had to turn back about a mile and a half from the top due to a late start, but oh my, what an amazing hike. Awesome views, no crowds, perfect conditions. Temps were in the upper 40s at the trailhead when I parked at 9:30am. Parking lot was nearly empty. I stopped by the ranger station in town to pick up a permit just in case, but there were none available in the outdoor kiosk and the station itself was closed. Not sure anyone’s checking during the govt shutdown. Lots of snow and ice. I had on micro spikes for most of the hike. Snow was over the ankles for a good bit. Made for a fun trip.

This is a really nice hike. It is a difficult one though. There is alot of elevation change over a short period. Start early, understand it will be cold at the top. It had rained the day before and the puddles further up this hike were all ice.

The trail itself is extremely well marked. Just keep following towards Mt Woodson. The first few miles are about 10 feet wide, well maintained and as the trail progresses it slowly gets narrower but never much below about 3 feet wide. The very steep parts all have rock stairs on the trail.

As you're hiking you might be wondering where the peak is. Look for all the anteneas. They are just above potato chip rock.

If you don't want to pay for parking, you can park across the street from the entrance, but it adds about 1.5 miles round trip to your hike and a bit of elevation.

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