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
2070 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

lake

views

wildlife

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.

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Great hike. Busy though so if you don’t like Disney roller coaster like-lines. Arrive before 645 to be safe. Great views and moderate difficulty.

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Great hike and great for pictures

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Hiking with an incline.

9 days ago

Hard, but well worth the views.

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