Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail

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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

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

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.

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An Ass-Kicker, EVERY TIME!

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2 days ago

Good time and challenging for a novice

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3 days ago

Loved it fist time they have porta potties inn the beginning of the hike that's nice

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6 days ago

Amazing!! I was scared to climb the potato chip rock! But totally worth it!

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9 days ago

Just when you think you're there you will be surely mistaken.

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