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Best trails in Poway

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Looking for a great trail near Poway, California? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Palomar Mountain State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lake Poway Park or El Capitan County Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 16 moderate trails in Poway ranging from 1.5 to 9.9 miles and from 521 to 2,864 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Poway
Top trails (28)
#1 - Potato Chip Rock via Mt. Woodson Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 7.6 mi • Est. 4 h 29 m
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 alikShow more
#2 - Iron Mountain Trail
Poway, California
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
One of San Diego's most popular hikes, the Iron Mountain Trail leads to the second highest peak in Poway and offers great views of Northern San Diego County. On a clear day hikers can see Mt. Woodson Show more
#3 - Lake Poway Loop Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 2.5 mi • Est. 1 h 19 m
Lake Poway Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Poway, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity opShow more
#4 - Iron Mountain via Ellie Lane Trail
Poway, California
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
Iron Mountain via Ellie Lane Trail is a 7.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Poway, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, ruShow more
#5 - Blue Sky Canyon Trail
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
Blue Sky Canyon Trail is a 5.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Poway, California that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accShow more
#6 - Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake Trail
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
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Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 3 h 10 m
Blue Sky Reserve to Ramona Lake Trail is a 5.8 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 actShow more
#7 - Blue Sky Reserve to Mount Woodson Trail
Lake Poway Park
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 5 h 35 m
Blue Sky Reserve to Mount Woodson Trail is a 9.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offeShow more
#8 - Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Blue Sky Ecological Reserve Trail is a 3.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily usedShow more
#9 - Twin Peaks Trail
Silverset Park
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 1 h 3 m
Twin Peaks Trail is a 1.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Poway, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, ruShow more
#10 - Wildwood Mountain Trail
Poway, California
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
From the Iron Mountain trail head hike up to the junction with the sign. Turn left and as the trail starts to go downhill towards Ramona Overlook look for a very small cairn on your right. Start your Show more
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