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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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Lawson Peak Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Weather was perfect. A great hike. Enjoyed the rock climbing and the cave at the peak. The view is amazing!!

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Hollenbeck Canyon Trail
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Explored the area and the other trails. Beautiful and want to visit during spring.

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McGinty Mountain Trail
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19 Completed 9 Reviews

Did this trail about 2 years ago. All I remember is this huge snake we encountered by the entrance of one of the caves. And it was winter time and foggy. Scary!! Fun run though.

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Lawson Peak Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

My husband, the dogs and I went up Lawson Peak on the 24th of Mar. 2015. We came from Carveacre so it was 7.24 mi. for us there and back. Everything is in bloom and so bright green even though it hasn't rained in forever. It was a nice cool breezy day and supposed to be a hot santa ana on Friday so that breeze was greatly appreciated!
Unfortunately we were unable to find an easy route to the top square boulders so we didn't try them, but instead walked three quarters of the way around the base of them. Regardless, beautiful views. We could see the ocean to the west. Didn't run into a soul the whole way which was nice. No rattlers, thank god, don't know how those two dogs would deal with that. But with Verizon you get coverage up there.

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McGinty Mountain Trail
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14 Completed 4 Reviews

A friend and I did this hike today. Nice hike,moderately difficult in some spots and beautiful scenery at the top. The trail has lots of uneven areas with lots of large loose rocks that you have to walk around or on. Nice thing about this trail is that it's not very crowded.

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McGinty Mountain Trail
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40 Completed 33 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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54 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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39 Completed 33 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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