Explore this 11.9-kilometer out-and-back trail near Poway, California. It takes an average of 4 hours and 20 minutes to finish this moderately difficult route. Because this is a popular hiking region, you will most likely come across other people while exploring. The route is available all year and is a great place to come at any time. Dogs are permitted but must be kept on a leash.
This is one of the most popular routes in Southern California for photo opportunities and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. The steep and tight climb up to Potato Chip Rock to the summit of Mt Woodson is a must-do for both locals and visitors. Potato Chip Rock is without a doubt one of the most unusual rock formations in the area.
The Mount Woodson Trailhead, located in northern San Diego County, begins at the end of Lake Poway Road and provides hikers and trail runners a tough trek up to the famed potato chip-shaped boulder. You'll begin on the Sumac Trail and then turn left to follow the Lake Poway Trail for a short distance. The trail begins to increase once you reach the intersection with the Mt. Woodson Trail.
This is a beautiful hike that provides a decent exercise and is an excellent choice for anyone wishing to train for longer hikes and runs. Because the Mount Woodson Trail is fairly exposed, it is strongly advised that you bring lots of water and sunscreen, and that you turn around halfway through your hike. It is strongly advised that you pack lots of water and sunscreen, and that you turn around halfway during your journey.