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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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McGinty Mountain Trail
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21 Completed 20 Reviews

This hike was right at 5 miles round trip. Similar in length to San Miguel mountain but not as steep for the most part. Although there are apparently some caves to be seen along the way, we didn't sere any the route we took to the top.
About a mile in the trails splits, with the left for going up and the right fork going around a ridge. We went left and straight up a couple mini peaks on the way to the top. We also came down the same way. Had we taken the right fork we would have seen the caves.
I recorded the route we took. It's in the uploaded tracks titled McGinty 2/14/15.
Great views of alot of other notable peaks, such as Otay, Jamul, Lyons, Tecate, El Cap, Viejas, Cowles, N Fortuna, and all the way to the Pacific. I might have given it five stars had it been a few miles longer.

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McGinty Mountain Trail
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56 Completed 1 Reviews

Nice hike and a good workout. A couple of caves along the way--Bring a light if you want to go into them and enter slowly and check all side. We found a large rattler 15' into one of them and respected that it was her cave beyond that point and headed back out.

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Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Trail is heavily eroded with large boulders obscuring much of the trail

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Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

The classification of this hike being an out and back is wrong. About 1/2 a mile from the trail head we came to a 'T' intersection. We went left and found ourselves following the dry creek bed for a bit then ascending a long and gradual hill. Half way into the hike we intersected another dry creek bed. like the first it was filled with large oak trees creating a lovely canopy to stop and take a break. The shade was welcome as the first half of the hike was very exposed. Just past the oaks we began to ascend a steep hill that lead to a beautiful scenic view point. Descending quickly, we rejoined the original creek and finished the hike in the shade of gorgeous weathered old oaks. Eventually we arrived back at the 'T' intersection and followed the trail back to the parking area. The hike, a loop, was approximately 6.5 miles long and well worth it.

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Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
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35 Completed 32 Reviews

I'm new to mountain biking so I was walking my bike a bit up some of the steeper hills. Super rad trail though. We took a wrong turn and ended up walking up this huge steep side, then meeting up with a truck trail. Beautiful area to explore and spend the morning. Little to no shade so bring a hat or go earlier in the morning.

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McGinty Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

My first time hiking here and started on western side, Jan 09, 2015. The switch backs on the first peak was good, then after slightly flat until you pass the red top house and start making your ascend upwards to the Peak. Then the following week on Jan 19, 2015 I got invited by some friends to hike the mountain from the eastern side. This was cool, but longer and steeper from the western side. After reaching the abandon house, which was very cool, the next 2-plus to the Peak was all UPHILL. This was reminiscence of Mighty El Cajon/El Capitan hike. For a minute or so, I did not think the end was near from the uphill, but I accomplished the summit and found (2nd attempt) the hiking jackpot, the Peak Log. Cool Hike.

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Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
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3 Completed 2 Reviews

Did this trail today with my Shi Tsu. He had a hard time, but this is the best hike I have found so far. The Hills make it just challenging enough. My legs are sore tonight. The beauty was incredible and I will definitely be back.

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McGinty Mountain Trail
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

Awesome hike in the morning. The sunrise is amazing and it is a good one to start out your day with. Did it in just under 3 hours.

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Lawson Peak Trail
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6 Completed 6 Reviews

Did this hike in early November with a group of about 15 people some in great shape others in not so great shape, but all made it to the top and back.
The majority of the trail is actually an advanced offroad vehicle trail and we did get passed by a couple of jeeps along the way. Eventually the trail gets very steep and narrow and requires some climbing to get to the peak. The climbing is a ton of fun and very doable. The views at the peak are excellent!
We took our time getting to the top and made it up in about 2 hours. Went through about 1.5 liters of water for entire hike. Very fun hike with some great views. I will do this one again.

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Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
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54 Completed 16 Reviews

Great hike, great views. Beautiful oak trees it's just picturesque and peaceful.
Great for family and kids although there are a few rolling hills which might be a little challenge depending on the age of the kids.

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