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I give this trail a 4+. The beginning is easy and shady even after leaving late.(10AM) The middle is moderate, but the last mile or two is tough. November through March is the best time for this hike. Views we're hazy but impressive.

Used to hike here all the time when I was in high school.. I should go back and hike it again!!

I’m giving this 4 stars only because it was soooo crowded when I went. So my advice to you, don’t go during the weekend!! There was literally a long line to take a picture on the damn potato chip rock. And people take foreverrrrrr since there trying to get that perfect Instagram worthy pic, or their new tinder profile pic. Who knows, i didn’t stand in it. Overall the hike is great, def bring plenty of water if your going during the summer. Great workout, there is plenty of shady spots if you get too tired and need to rest.

Beautiful views the whole way up. Park your car at lake Poway. $10 parking fee on the weekend. They open at 6:00. I started at 6:30 and it was already pretty busy. The trail is very well maintained and marked. Moderate hike.

steep & slippery in places; great views

My go to trail for backpack training. I’ve used this trail for many years as I prepare for various long distance backpacks. My favorite in the area.

This trail is awesome and only lightly used until you meet up with the Iron Mountain Trail. Love training from this TH.

hiking
6 days ago

I love this trail for training purposes. It is a very busy trail. The views at top are incredible. I’ve done this many times and will do many times more.

Great hike in August.

Great! Food and gallon of water very important. Beautiful view.

No shade so make sure to go early in the morning or before sunset. For children can be hard, but fun if they like long distance walks. Make sure to bring water and some snack, no shade at all. Ones you reach the top the view is beautiful only one bench upthere, but there are some rock that you can sit.

Make sure to go early if you’re doing this as a summer hike, as the trail has little to no shade most of the way. Bring more water than expected if you do leave early in the day. Very high incline for most of the hike and switchbacks until about 3/4 of the way through.

This one can be difficult during the day in summer months due to heat and lack of shade. Bring plenty of sunscreen and water. The views toward and at the top are amazing. Definitely worth it. Watch out for snakes. We saw 2 once dusk approached.

just did it yesterday. beautiful hike started 0700. all incline. scary jump needed to reach the chip rock. got help from a nice man. worth the photo op. going off the rock 2 options: 1. go back the way u jumped but requires help from people who could lift u. 2. go down to right. requires treks on shoes midway just slide down while laying down.

Great hike fore family. Make sure you bring water!!

Nice hike but can be over crowded. The earlier you go the better.

Love this trail! It can get a little crowded but if you go early in the morning or later in the afternoon you’re usually okay. Also there’s no shade so bring plenty of water!! Both my dogs have made it all the way up and back, it’s a great workout!

Nice hike, but can get very crowded. I have done this hike twice, both on weekdays mornings with a 7:30 start time. No line at the rock either time. By the time we started back down there were quite a few people on the trail. It's basically uphill all the way to the top but worth it for that cool photo. It's definitely not a casual stroll, so be prepared for a workout.

Good work out on a consistent uphill slope all the way to the top. Coming down is tough on knees and toes. But , it is all worth it! Good view and yes, the special Potato Chip rock!

For a continuous moderately paced hike, you can make it up to the summit in 1 hour. If you start right before 7 the mountain will shade you up until the last mile of the hike. Between 2- 1 1/2 mile point from the summit there seems to be an endless set of steps that are pretty challenging. Past the potato chip rock there is not much else and a radio station that ruins part of the view, but overall a decent hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice little climb, did get very hot towards the end of the morning plus very crowded.

Beautiful hike & great views! Agree with other posts, not well marked & bring hiking sticks. Also keep an eye out for rattlers...especially in the evening.

Awesome trail, friendly people along the way just enough incline to get a good workout

Did on a hot day. Bring a lot of water! worth it for the fun potato chip rock pictures!

This hike makes you work for it. One hour up & 30 minutes down. I started before the sun and there were plenty of other friendly folks on the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice workout. It could get very hot by 12noon. Start early. Nice views at the top!!!

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