Lake Poway Loop Trail

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Lake Poway Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Poway, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
2.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
452 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
5 months ago

Always a pleasure. This is a good scenic trail. My dog loves it. It’s clean and safe. There are normally others on the trail but I’ve not been crowded out. The views and bird songs are sweet to the senses. There are a few challenges but not too bad.

The payoff at the end should be a picnic on the balcony of the snack shack above the boat dock. Good times.

hiking
5 months ago

Good walk, lots of people so the dogs have to stay on a leash.

hiking
7 months ago

Nice little hike around Lake Poway. Too many people though due to the trailhead of Mt. Woodson starting off this hike

hiking
7 months ago

Saw great wildlife. There were gorgeous views from everywhere. A good amount of inclines for a good workout, but still fairly easy. Highly recommend for a hike if short on time.

hiking
9 months ago

A beautiful hiking trail. Does anyone know how much total altitude gain there is on the loop?

9 months ago

It's a fine short hike. Suburban.

10 months ago

Pretty and relaxing. Love this for a daily hike or some weekend R&R

trail running
10 months ago

I really liked this trail for running, although it's really hot in the afternoon hours in June. The trails are wide enough for 4 across easily with enough variation in ups/downs to be enjoyable. There are port-a-johns along the trail if you need to go. Also, well maintained with views of the lake from most vantage points. There is a concession stand with good beer also available which is nice after a hot hike or run. It's a nice park to hang out at with plenty of shade to lounge around in. One downside is that the parking is $10 per day unless you're a Poway resident, which then I believe that it's free. There are other areas outside the park to park your vehicle to make it free, just check satellite imagery.

hiking
Thursday, June 22, 2017

Nice easy trail to the kids on.

hiking
Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Is a nice trail we park at blue sky canyon trail we went to the dam half way lake poway we turn around and it was 4.8 miles
Easy , nice views dogs enjoy it very much
Go early we started at 745 am and by 9 it was getting very hot

Sunday, June 04, 2017

I love this trail I've been doing it for years, the views are great the trail is well maintained and it really works the ass muscles. If you have a good jogging stroller with real tires( not those cheap AF plastic ones) you can bring your little one along. I haven't seen any snakes yet this season, and trust me I've been looking out for them.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

Very nice and well maintained loop. Much of it is road sized wide. Many friendly people, lots of dogs too. Was hoping to find a trail to take my dad on, but the hills at the beginning of both sides of the loop are a bit to steep for him.

Friday, April 14, 2017

New to hiking so trail was very doable! Loved it!

walking
Tuesday, April 04, 2017

Always a nice walk, lake is super pretty.

hiking
Thursday, March 30, 2017

Nice trail with the majority of it looking over the lake. We arrived around 10:30am, Parking lot was nearly full but we did not see THAT many other hikers, the trail was not congested at al, other than passing a hiker here or there, it was mainly just us around. There were a lot of down and up hills, some steeper than others but nothing unmanageable for a beginner like myself!

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The lake is full after all the rain, and beautiful poppy wild flowers are in full bloom on this hike!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Loved the views, a little hard for a first timer.

hiking
Monday, February 20, 2017

hiking
Friday, August 05, 2016

Did this hike and also added Ramona reservior. Nice stroll around the lake. 5.30

Monday, July 25, 2016

Nice wide trail with bathrooms along the way. Almost no shade, bring water. My wife and I walked at a nice easy pace. It took us about an hour and ten minutes.

hiking
Thursday, June 23, 2016

Good workout. This loop is always less populated than the trail up to potato chip rock. Wear a hat and bring extra water - it's hot!

walking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Great views and lots of route options.

hiking
Saturday, May 21, 2016

Great hike, lots of path variations. Also connects to lake Ramona!

hiking
Saturday, May 07, 2016

Loved it!!!

hiking
Monday, April 04, 2016

Tougher than I thought! But a good loop.. a bit of foot traffic and little shade. Cool views!

hiking
Saturday, March 19, 2016

Not as easy as I thought. Big dip down below the Dam. Good exercise with pup.

hiking
Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Nice hour hike, whichever way you choose to go. The section behind the dam is most difficult but it's not hard - every time I hike this I see kids in flip flops negotiating it (not mine, but hey! They're there).

horseback riding
Monday, February 08, 2016

Love taking my horses here. Great staging area for trailers, with horse water. If you live in Poway the entrance is free. At the bottom of the damn instead of heading back around go towards the Blue Sky Trail and there's a great area under the trees for a picnic and the ability to tie your horses to the trees.

hiking
Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fun hike. Really easy, pretty short, but great views. Good for dogs too. Gets warm.

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