Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail

MODERATE 1357 reviews
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Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail is a 7.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, California 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
7.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2335 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

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Mt Woodson offers breathtaking vistas along the hike from Lake Poway. This hike is moderately strenuous, and easy to access due to its convenient location. The trail is very steep and narrow in some places, but well marked and maintained most of the way until the last 1/2 hour to the top. In the summer, be sure to take enough water, it gets extremely hot and dry! The views to the ocean and to Palomar Mountain to the East are worth the effort. Consider bringing a picnic for the top or when getting back to Lake Poway. There is a shorter but steeper way to the top, via highway 67 that is paved and well maintained, but less often travelled.

walking
20 minutes ago

Beautiful

hiking
13 hours ago

hiking
18 hours ago

This was a tough climb for me! Steep and constant climb up.

hiking
1 day ago

this trail is really good for you and your family

hiking
1 day ago

Wonderful

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hiking
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4 days ago

Awesome hike
take lots of water and inhaler if u have Ashma
try to do it early so the sun doesn't exhaust you .

hiking
4 days ago

Great hike, but bring lots of water and don't expect shade, there isn't much. Definitely not for beginners but a little experience and determination and this is a breeze. Side note. I wish they would block the path from the backside because every body coming back up that way takes up way too much time taking pictures and maybe I'm a jerk but it's messed up to make people wait who actually did the hike so that people using the cheater path can take pix with props and everything... End rant.

4 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Great little hike. Amazing views the entire way. I would give it a 4/10 on difficulty. My 48-year-old mother went up and down with me no problem. Once you get past the first part and the trail narrows, it's smooth sailing from there. Highly recommend.

6 days ago

Awesome

trail running
7 days ago

Starting from the Lake Poway Recreation Area, it took me just over 49 minutes to reach the summit of Mt. Woodson. Potato Chip Rock is about .2 miles short of the summit.

The incline is rough and I found my self walking more than running at some points. Go during the week, the parking is free and is way less crowded. Also, bring lots of water if you aren't accustomed to running or hiking without water for long periods of time. Probably the best hike I've done in the San Diego area.

hiking
8 days ago

walking
9 days ago

I definitely can't call this a hike when half of it's paved and there is always a million people. At least you're outside!

backpacking
11 days ago

Not a fan of crowds. There are cooler hikes at this difficulty level with more rewarding views. But you gotta do it at least once it's potato chip man.

hiking
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