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Best trails in Lake Poway Park

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Looking for a great trail in Lake Poway Park, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, wild flowers trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 2 moderate trails in Lake Poway Park ranging from 3.9 to 10.9 miles and from 695 to 2,877 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Nestled in the hills of Poway, the Lake Poway Recreation Area not only serves as the water supply for residents, but also has provided exceptional outdoor recreational opportunities since 1972. Get hooked on fishing and boating, head up the mountain on a hike, take aim at archery, or enjoy a leisurely picnic. Park closes at sunset.

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#1 - Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
One of the most popular trails for photo ops and scenic views of the Pacific Ocean, this steep and narrow hike up to Potato Chip Rock and Mount Woodson summit is a must-do for locals and visitors alike. Located in northern San Diego county, the Mount Woodson trailhead starts at the end of Lake Poway Road at Lake Poway and offers hikers, climbers and trail runners a challenging trail up to the famous potato chip boulder and Mount Woodson Summit. This is a great place for a good workout and training for long hikes and runs. This is a very exposed trail so please bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Lake Poway PARKING IS FREE during the week- (weekends and holidays it's $10.00 for non- Poway residents)Show more
#2 - Lake Poway Loop Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Be aware there is a $10 parking fee for non residents on the weekends. Bees are in the area so it is not a good hike for those who are allergic.Show more
#3 - Blue Sky Reserve to Mount Woodson Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 10.9 mi • Est. 5 h 23 m
#4 - Lake Poway Loop, Fisherman Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Great trail for kids, dog (leashed), most of it good for strollers and mountain bikes. No shade, so bring some water, and put on the sunscreen! Pretty dusty and the park is open for free (aside from weekends when there is a $10 fee for non residents.) Be aware there is some REAL wildlife out there, including mountain lions, though encounters are extremely rare. Show more
#5 - Lake Poway and Lake Ramona to Mount Woodson Loop [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 10.1 mi • Est. 5 h 46 m
Starting at Poway Lake Park, pass the dam wall and walk down into Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, then take the dirt road to Lake Ramona. Continue up the road to the right until you see a dirt track heading right - take that up to Via Dena Loma Rd, then go left into Salida del Sol and then right onto Woodson Crest Road, staying on the right until you come to a large iron gate signifying private property. Immediately to the left of that gate is the start of a track called "Woodson Ridge Rd". Road it most certainly isn't - it is a path through the brush on the north slope of Mount Woodson. Continue winding your way up the hill until you intersect the lower Fry Koegel pathway. Bear right up to the ridge and then climb to the Mount Woodson summit. On the way back walk the standard route down the south-west slope back to Poway Park. It is strenuous and can be very hot on a hot day - bring a lot of water. Show more