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Woodson Mountain Loop is a 5.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Ramona, 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.

Length 5.4 mi Elevation gain 1,368 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Closed

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NOTE: It has been reported this trail has temporary closures due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information.

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Stephanie Bradshaw
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Hiked up to watch the sunrise from the top. We left the car at 3:55am (with headlamps), reached the top at 5:38am, and watched the sun rise over the range of the hills to the east at 6:01am. Took pics on the rock and climbed around a little on the way back down, and back to the car at 7:42am. Because we went so early, the heat wasn’t a problem for hiking it in July. And we didn’t see anyone at all on the Fry-Koegel trail all the way up. Only a couple other people at Potato Chip Rock when we got to the top. And there were a handful of people up there by the time we headed down. We passed people pretty consistently as we walked back down the paved trail on the Romona side - so make sure to take a mask or neck gaiter for social distancing right now.

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sali issac
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Christopher K.
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Mount Woodson is closed to the public!

joshua herget
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Rusty Vorce
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Great hike!

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Russ W
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Nice loop trail.

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Indian P.
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Hiking

Pass potato chip and loop back around on an windy forested trail.

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Katie Gross
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Lauren Ray
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HikingBugs

Definitely nice to take this loop to avoid some of the crowds. The paved road down is pretty steep and can be hard on your knees.

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Lindsay Everhart
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Hiking

Great trail. If you take Fry Koegel Trail first it’s a more gradual climb to the peak of mount Woodson and it’s lush with lots of shade. I recommend wearing long pants since there is a lot of poison oak along the trail edge. Once you hit Woodson trail there is limited shade the rest of the way. Go early to avoid the heat and the line if you are wanting to enjoy a photo op on potato chip rock and extra water. Happy hiking!

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Lidia Hockley
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Hiking

Love the hike, it's challenging and the views of the county are just breathtaking! Great place to get away and enjoy nature at its best! :)

Kurt Meeder
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Hiking

good loop. the Koegel trail is by far the best part.

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Guy T.
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Hiking

The good thing about this route is it runs along the forested northern side of Mt Woodson and there aren't many people - at least until you get to the ridge line and join the hikers coming up from Poway Lake. The start of the Fry Koegel runs along the perimeter of the Woodson Golf Course homes which means dogs running along fences barking but it soon gets into the trees. I climbed on a day with low clouds at about 2600ft so the top of Woodson was shrouded in mist but there were some great views on the way up. I opted to descend on the paved roadway to make a loop but many people descend via the other Fry Koegel route (there is an "old Fry Koegel" and a new one that deviate for about a mile with the old one taking a higher line on the mountainside).

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Nikhil Sriram
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Kate Tatar
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Hiking

Pretty and green! One toppled tree, but easy to walk around.

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daniel batriz
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Hiking

The return trail is nice!!! You get off the service road .. lot of shade and once you turn back towards the 67 you probably wont see anyone..

Deb Dirkson
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Rick Ulrich
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We did this loop by starting on the Fry-Koegel trail which was nice, because it's a more gradual incline to the peak then the Mt. Woodson trail. We only saw one other person on the Fry- Koegel trail, but when we connected with the Mt. Woodson trail it was crowded, because it was the day after Christmas. I would have given it 5 stars, but the paved access road, tons of people, and all the antennas take away from it a little bit. All and all it's a nice hike, and you can do your obligatory Potato Chip Rock photo if the line isn't too long.

Karley Lane
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Karen Bramwell
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Karen Bramwell
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Karen Bramwell
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Casey Wear
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Gaby Rodriguez
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Lauren Walik
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Lun Bin Huang
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David LANZA
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Karen Bramwell
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