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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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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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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

More challenging than most. Several long stretches of steady climbing. You'll be puffing. A lot of loose material on the trail. No shade but breezy - which helped. Bring plenty of water - particularly if you're hiking in the heat of the day/summer (I used 2 litres +) - and a quick snack or two, if you're prone to bonking. Superior vistas from the summit - definitely worth it but don't encourage unfit or ill-equipped companions to join you. They'll be grumpy. Hike-on!

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Upper Otay Reservoir
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

MTB review . Upper Otay really only serves as jump off point for either lower Otay Reservoir or the mountains directly to its west. If looking for some challenging up hill, the mountains offer about 50 miles of single and double track with some very challenging uphill. If you want some great, fast single track with some good size jumps head to lower Otay reservoir. Both trails are fairly easy to find . Careful of rattle snakes though - I've seen more here than anywhere else I've been.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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6 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike but this is not to be confused with mother Miguel trail. Some of the reviews for that trail should be on this trail.

Quite a workout going up but well worth the trip to the top the view is amazing!

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Rice Canyon Trail
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15 Completed 5 Reviews

The trail is a real easy trail to walk, I took my wiener dog and my baby in his stroller. very easy very pleasant and not hard at all. I will come here again it's a very pleasant walk and it's not hard to find and it's very close to the city I recommend this trail to anyone of all skill levels.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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11 Completed 7 Reviews

Awesome climb, good challenge, great views, just as hard coming down.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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6 Completed 4 Reviews

Was a challenging trail for it being the distance it is. It goes up in elevation very fast. But the challenge is the fun. When you finish this trail you feel accomplished.

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Rock House
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6 Completed 1 Reviews

Great hike with very steep beginning. Definitely on the short side but we'll marked (look for chalk arrows drawn on the rocks). Amazing views at the top and it appears you can continue the trail past the rock house and go to the adjacent mountain which also has a flag near the top. Had the trail to ourselves, only ran into two other hikers.

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Rock House
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Love this hike, great work out but on short side. Awesome views and other connecting trails that can make it a longer trek if you desire. Like the fact that parking is easy and it's close to home.

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San Miguel Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Very challenging hike. My first time and I completed!! Lots of water needed and shoes that can handle loose rock. 1-hr up.. Wheeww

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