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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Great hike

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1 day ago

Great workout, small line to take a picture at the Potato Chip Rock (on a Friday in January). Nice views along the way. Half-day activity to hike leisurely. Dog friendly:)

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5 days ago

The rock is stupid, and the whole place is too crowded. But I've done it 3 times and still love it anyway :)

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5 days ago

Awesome hike. Its moderate to hard. The hike is in a paved road but it is still hard because you are going up the mountain. There is free parking outside.

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7 days ago

start early on heat advisory days. we made summit and headed back down as temps crawled above 85 (early June) glad we started in the cool morning! short photo line at the top but lots of vista trails for quiet away from traffic

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8 days ago

great hike

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8 days ago

A must do!!!! Go early morning to beat the heat