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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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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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Upper Otay Reservoir
by April Huston

17 Completed 9 Reviews

It was a nice easy walk but not what I was looking for. Did see a lot of wild rabbits along the way.

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Rock House
by April Huston

17 Completed 9 Reviews

Hiked it with my husband and dog. Much steeper than expected. Wasn't crowded which was great. Went really early in the day (around 6) and everything was foggy. Hoped it'd clear up but by the time we got to the top it was still too foggy to see anything :( only took about 35-40 minutes up. For anyone looking to bring your dog bring plenty of water and I wouldn't recommend it unless your dog is well behaved on leash. Mines never on a leash besides hikes and on the way down it was much more difficult with an energetic happy dog.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This is an awesome hike. If you start from the corner of proctor valley rd. and coastal hills it is actually about a 7 mile hike round trip and it makes the work out just a little harder. Bring plenty of water. I go through about 2 liters on average. Also don't forget the sunscreen. I learned the hard way and only applied sunscreen before the hike. I got burned pretty bad. Now I apply the sunscreen at half way through the hike also to avoid the sun burn. There is no shade on this hike at all and the sun really pounds on you. The only shade you'll get is one created by a chain link fence at the top of the towers. I usually rest against it and enjoy the views once I've made it to the top. The hike on the way down is also challenging since it's so steep. You find yourself working a different group of leg muscles on the way down just by applying the breaks on your momentum and gravity. Many loose rocks. You can easily twist an ankle on this hike. I do this hike about once a week. Enjoy!

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