Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail

#1 of 4 trails in Lake Poway Park
Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, CA that features a lake 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.

6.7 miles 1843 feet Out & Back
dog friendly camping hiking mountain biking trail running walking lake views waterfall wildlife
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Mt Woodson via Lake Poway offers breathtaking vistas. This hike is moderately strenuous, and easy to access due to its convenient location. The trail is very steep and narrow in some places, but well marked and maintained most of the way until the last 1/2 hour to the top. In the summer, be sure to take enough water, it gets extremely hot and dry! The views to the ocean and to Palomar Mountain to the East are worth the effort. Consider bringing a picnic for the top or when getting back to Lake Poway. There is a shorter but steeper way to the top, via highway 67 that is paved and well maintained, but less often travelled. https://alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/california/woodson-mountain