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Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail

Poway, CA

Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail is a 6.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Poway, CA that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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Hiked it 2 weeks ago. Probably the hardest 12 mile hike that I've done. I've done longer and harder, but not over a 12 mile distance. The hills are very steep and you need good hiking or trail running shoes. I didn't have poles but I will bring them next time. I did it solo with a 70 oz bladder and some beef jerky and trail mix. Took me 2 hrs up and 2 hrs down plus 10 min rest at summit. I was doing a pretty brisk pace and passed most everyone going both ways. Maybe jogged some of the flat parts (less than 5%). Just to give you an idea of the time it'll take you. The way back was just as hard as up because 1) you are tired 2) the downhills are really hard on your toes and quads. I would not recommend this trail to someone who is not in at least decent shape. I would bring 1 qt per every hour expected time on trail. Heading back this Sunday!

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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UP HILL BOTH WAYS!!! Yes you did read that right. I knew this was going to be a rough hike, but the decent was like a bad joke. My legs were pretty tired when I hit the summit, and about half way through the decent was just wiped. Took me almost twice as long to get down than up. Rough day!

Okay some pointers.

Trekking poles were a life saver and seriously needed for this hike. Everyone on this MTN has them and you quickly understand why.

Don't fry your legs on the way up as you will be in a bad place on the way down. Seriously if I did not have my stubbornness I am not sure how I would have gotten down.

WATER, water and more water. I started my hike at 57 degrees and ended it at 108 in APRIL! I lucky had an emergency water bottle that I killed off along with everything else. Plan to carry more water than normal as you will need it.

Don't forget the insoles of your boots. Yeah this is more of just a stupid mistake on my part, but figured I would add it.

Last but not least be ready for some bush whacking on the final summit climb. The trail is horrible, and seriously hard to follow. Keep an eye on the markers and that seemed to help me (some what).

This was the third hike I ever had done. Yes third in my entire life. I would not suggest making this same choice. This MTN is a leg burner to another level. Make sure you are well trained before you tackle this MTN!

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El Capitan Preserve
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13 Completed 0 Reviews

Did this again with proper gear this time. It is one of the most invigorating hikes in SD. Used up 5 liters of water and was good to go with my REI Trail 40

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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36 Completed 17 Reviews

Same as the listing for the El Capitan Preserve. Funny how Alltrails does that. Once you do this hike, you will see this mountain everywhere...even in your dreams.

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El Capitan Preserve
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8 Completed 0 Reviews

They don't call it El Capitan for nothing! You can see it from practically everywhere in San Diego county, some even say you can see it from space. Seriously though, it's a really great challenging hike. Awesome views, very few people. Bring plenty of water...

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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8 Completed 0 Reviews

Very nice hike with fairly low traffic. Great views from the summit. Be weary of the trail, it's easy to wander off track towards the summit.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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11 Completed 0 Reviews

I've done this hike a few times now. it has a good variety of terrain, awesome views, good marking and is a nice difficult hike, if you start to think it's easy, wear a pack. it great training.

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
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2 Completed 0 Reviews

Easy hike, great view of lake at far end of trail. Watch for poison oak!

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El Capitan Preserve
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1 Completed 0 Reviews

Great challenge! Note this trail is NOT open all year. It is closed in August due to heat.