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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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Rock House
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Yesterday, on a last minute whim, my daughter, her friend and I went on this hike. Having Rock House Trail is conveniently located to our Chula Vista home made it easier to get off of our butt and start hiking again. The beginning of the hike was difficult because of the steep climb and it has been about five months since our last hike. On the way up we took a few breaks and enjoyed the nice view of Chula Vista, the bay and ocean, down town, and point Loma. The rest of the trail was fairly easy. We ran into a few other groups, some with their dogs. At the top of the Rock House Trail a group of hikers were enjoying a nice picnic and soaking in the beautiful view. There are a lot of loose rocks that made running down the trail a little treacherous. That did not stop me. We got our phones ready to record the first to fall, in which my daughter and friend missed mine. We enjoyed this hike. We are getting back on track on our Saturday morning hikes.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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13 Completed 1 Reviews

Wow! This was steep, rigorous, and rewarding. Will be back for more ass kickin' fun.

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Snake Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Great ride. Ate dirt twice at the teeter totter n at the burn.lol it was fun. Great ride.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Hiked up the mountain with my daughter. It was a cool day, wouldn't want to do it in summer. It was a difficult climb, but when you get to the flag it is an amazing view. Don't forget as you climb, stop and look around. Again the view is worthwhile.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike that I have done several times. Not a lot of shade and can be really hot in the summer because the sun will beat down on you pretty hard. This hike can be done in under two hours if you move well and are in good shape. It is less traveled and more difficult than Cowles but you will find yourself going straight up for quite sometime with no relief. The hike is still short enough to complete as a morning workout. The first hour of the hike is the most difficult as it is nearly straight up the entire way. You will slide quite a bit and have a lot of difficulty especially on the way down without hiking shoes. Bring a good amount of water if it is hot out! Do it twice if it's not hard enough for you the first time :)

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Did this hike today but my small dog, a Shi Tsu could not make the whole thing. Beautiful and difficult, I will return by myself and go all the way!

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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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