Explore the most popular trail running trails near Poway with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Awesome trial! My husband & I never hiked & decided let’s try it. Wow did it kick our butts. We also started at 1300 on a 100 degree day (don’t do that). It took us 3hours round trip. Beautiful views. Definitely wish it had more signs on how far to go. We brought 2-40oz hydroflasks, & a gallon of water + don’t forget some protein or PB&J’s! Overall amazing!

It was one of the hottest forecast days of the year and we got off to a bit of a late start (7:30 ish) - we realized this when, on our way up, we noted lots of hikers already on their way down. What ever you do BRING LOTS OF WATER. Lots means a couple liters NOT one small bottle of Crystal Geyser! I can not tell you how many people we passed that were on their way to heat stroke. Shared our extra water with a few who were out far from the trail head! Bring extra water! (always a good idea anyway)
It's a well marked path, starting with a dirt road for the first mile or so, then up to singletrack through and up the rocks, with rock steps on some of the rockier sections. There is shade to be found. We were early enough that some of the brush provided a great place to just get out of the sun for a moment or two when catching your breath. Although it's a popular hike, we never felt crowded on the trail and never hit any traffic jams - perhaps because of the area high heat warnings. But there were a reasonable amount of people there. It's a nice UP and back Down hike, meaning it's easier to push yourself a bit harder at first knowing that it will be easier going down. The first mile or so had several porta potties and trash bins along the route and the trail was really clean. Not sure if it's like this all the time but perhaps they stepped it up for the July 4 weekend crowds. Really great local hike with easy parking, beautiful views away from the suburban sprawl and cool shaded grassy spots to crash in when you get back down to your car! Would recommend and would definitely do again.

Amazing view!

So hot!!!!

The trail begins at the back of the parking lot. It is very well maintained and I saw a few dedicated men picking up trash on the trail and at the top. The trail starts to get harder the last two miles. That is where the rock steps begin; however, it's not as difficult as other hikes that I have been on. I was at the gate at 6:00 am when it opened on a weekday and I had the rock to myself for a while at the top. I saw lots of people coming up the trail as I descended. The views are very scenic going up and at the top.

Definitely a difficult hike, especially on a hot day. (It got up to 105 when I went). Be sure to bring lots of water as there is little shade, but the view at the top is worth the climb and the hike back down is pretty easy. Just make sure from the lake Powell parking lot you take the trail to your right and not your left or you will add on an extra mile each way like I did on my hike up by accident.

A great workout. Big inclines and the trail is well marked. It was totally worth it for the great views and of course pics on the rock.

on Iron Mountain Trail

11 days ago

Amazing trail. Well mark.

Great summer trail! Wide open trail! Will definitely do again! Dog friendly.

Quite a hike for a first timer like me but was a good exercise. Nice view.

Dope!! I looove this place!! Very challenging but rewarding once u get to d top n see the potato chip rock.... amazing!! I was able to do in 3 hrs didnt stop n kind of jog here and there on my way back. Hiked all by myself n had a blast!! Will def do it again maybe in nov wen its not too hot !

hiking
17 days ago

went to the peak during sunset. also the full moon was rising opposite the sun. it was wonderful. went at the end of june. temperature was perfect.

Hot day bring lots of water, did training hike with backpack made it challenging and a good workout. Jogging down easier than walking due to steep. Went on a Friday morning around 7:30 no crowd at all

trail running
18 days ago

Great trail to hike and trail run! I enjoyed the scenery. Made it to Lake Poway. Relaxed at the bench, snacked, than continued with hike. Trail run my way back to staging area. Lots of trails to choose from. Will hike again =)

Trails are wide and forgiving. Couple spots with shade next to large rocks just in case it gets too hot.

Hiked 6/18/18 on a Monday. It was a nice hike to Lake Ramona. Beginning shaded and flat. When you reach the end of the tree line is the last of the shade and you will also start hiking on a gradual incline. It does get steeper towards the top. When you hit the asphalt the incline is more challenging. There are nice views along the way and at the top but what we all didn't care for was the water station, the power lines, the electric station, and the guard rail at the top. I understand they are necessary, it just took away from the beauty of nature. Bring your water and sunscreen. parking not a problem and easy to find.

A little hard to be sure you’re on the right trail at a few junctions, but a good strenuous climb if you haul ass...

one of my favorites, a nice cardio climb.

It's a long and hard hike, totally worth it!

Did a full moonlight hike up this trail! Was beautiful!! Lots of jagged rocks to step over at the top. But all in all a great hike!!

Definitely underestimated the “hard” rating because of how popular this hike is- don’t do that. We enjoyed the hike a lot but it is indeed very hard, steep, uphill, and very hot. Be sure to have 3-4 liters of water per person as it will take you three to four hours in high heat.

The great news is as you get higher there are tons of shady nooks to dive into to rest. Just watch for rattlers.

Very nice trail and an awesome view! If possible, go on a weekday. There will be way less people. Make sure to bring enough water as it gets hot fast. Happy Hiking!

A great workout with a view!

hiking
27 days ago

Good hike

Great trail especially in cloudy conditions.

hiking
30 days ago

I loved this trail. It was a good, solid work out, with the reward of amazing views at the very top. I highly recommend it.

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