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Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail

Poway, CA

Mt Woodson via Lake Poway is a 7.5 mile out and back trail that offers breathtaking vistas. Trails are well maintained. Dogs are allowed. This hike is rated as moderately strenuous, though it may be the easiest "difficult" hike to access due to its convenient location.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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18 Completed 3 Reviews

Tough hike, especially with the 28-lb packs my husband & I were toting (training for Whitney). We did it today - hiked up to the flag, then bushwhacked a bit to get back to the east-bound trail to the top of San Miguel (the flag marks the halfway point to San Miguel). There are NO switchbacks - this trail is straight up & straight down. We saw lots of wildlife, and lots of people too (not like Cowles, but still more than I anticipated). There are lovely views and there was a nice breeze coming up the ridge.

There is no shade, so bring plenty of water. We decided to leave our dog at home this time so we could practice with our trekking poles, and we're glad we did - most of the trail is on loose scree.

There are no facilities anywhere along this trail.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Went up today with my dog and accidentally started off from Miguel Park so the climb was about 7 miles. Definitely a nice challenge going up and down. Ended up being 85 degrees so super hot with no shade! My dog made it up like a trooper and we drank over 100 oz including keeping the dog wet and cool. Would not recommend this hike for beginners.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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26 Completed 20 Reviews

Good hike. A little dry desolate. I did see a few other hikers. 1:48 round trip, but I jogged most of the way down. Do note the summit is the one with the antennas, not the flag.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

Good stuff! Definitively a challenge but not impossible. (:
A good and close spot to hike in the South Bay area.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

i guess if you stay on the actual trail, this is pretty arduous hike. Not me though, i blaze my own trail straight up from the south (starting from the intersection of via ponte tresa and via maggiore), which makes this more of a climb than a hike.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This has become a weekly adventure for me. A great little adventure, definitely recommend it

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

man this trail was brutal..but i guess it was all worth it when you reached the top..hiked this trail whith my friends..it was fun but hard at the same time..

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

It sucked i didnt like it it was brutal

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

I hiked San Miguel this morning. It took just over two hours to hike from my car on Butterfly Ct. to the top and back. The trail is quite steep, but not so steep you need to use hands to claw up the trail nor to slide when you're coming down. I started my hike at just before 6am and saw 5 people on the way up, but on the way back down, probably saw 25-30 other people hiking the trail. So, while it's nowhere near as busy as Cowles, it's not deserted. Views from the top are spectacular; you can see clouds blowing over distant peaks in Otay County, with Lower Otay and Sweetwater Reservoirs twinkling far below. To the west, all of San Diego is visible all the way out past downtown to the ocean, but the flatness of that landscape is overshadowed by the beautiful stark ruggedness to the south and east.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
by Shiela Bautista

1 Completed 1 Reviews

Awesome experience, very challenging going up and as well as going down. Me and my friends were very lucky to hike this one today with a gloomy weather. Will definitely going back!

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