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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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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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17 Completed 1 Reviews

The trail is pretty well maintained and easy to follow; with the exception of the final quarter mile. The wandering paths through the brush can be a pain to follow on the way up, but on the way down the challenge becomes much greater. Either follow a tracking program in and out, or take very good mental notes on the way in. The issue is not getting lost so much as it is creating more trails as you wander about looking for the "right" way out.

Hydrate and nutrient replacement has been adequately covered. Just give it a go, and never forget that JUST because you can make it to the summit, doesn't mean you can make it out. Plan for the second half of the hike in terms of energy!

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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54 Completed 16 Reviews

WOW! awesome,this hike is a very picturesque hike but very hard. not for beginners or none hikers,this is not a walk in the park. did this on January 30th,2026,started @7:00am weather was great. made it to the top before it got too hot.
definately bring lots of water and a snack , the views are eorth the trip and the views are outstanding

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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54 Completed 16 Reviews

Oh my goodness! Dis this today 01/31/15 start time was 7:00 am. It kicked my butt for sure but it was worth every kick I got lol. Great trails,well kept and the views are just outstanding. Awesome!

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El Capitan Preserve
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

I got lost! Took that trail sing just after mile marker 1, I'll try it again soon

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El Capitan Preserve
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

I got lost! Took that trail sing just after mile marker 1, I'll try it again soon

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El Capitan Preserve
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23 Completed 19 Reviews

Decided to do this trail again. I did it back in Dec 2013 and took some other friends along to do it with me again. Great trail and it's definitely one that even the veteran hiker will be challenged on. More of my review: http://matthewsadventurediary.blogspot.com/2015/01/el-capitan-reserve-year-after.html

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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8 Completed 3 Reviews

I call this one THE BUTTKICKER. If you are trying to train for a climb, try toting on this one because it will kick your butt good. Bring plenty of water and try to hike it in the winter because it can get really hot during the summer

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

Lots of steep up and down. My person best time today at 4:55 ( I'm not fast) trail was frozen with 8 am start and even some residual snow. Way easier after rain as the DG compacts and is less slippery.

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El Capitan Preserve
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Great hike! This is supposed to be the most difficult hike in San Diego and it probably is not necessarily because of the elevation gain but more because of the distance. In addition you will find that you are never quite "done" with the uphill battle because the hike brings you up and down the entire time. I finished in about four hours (not counting the 30 minutes at the summit) but there is certainly room to do it much faster if that is your goal. The biggest mistake people make on this hike is how much water they bring. Most hikes range from 1-3 hours and this hike is going to be longer than that for most people. Even on a cold day I brought 3.5 liters of water/Gatorade and went through ALL of it. I do sweat a lot but it was 60 degrees out. If it was hot I would need even more. Also make sure to bring something with CALORIES in it. You will find your energy getting low as you expend energy. This may all seem like common sense but after doing this hike a couple of times I see too many people making basic mistakes on this hike. Great workout, great hike.

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El Capitan Preserve
by Paul Ulmer

9 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a very challenging hike. The elevation ascents and descents are unexpected, so be prepared to bring a walking stick or poles. Basically, this trail is uphill both ways. Additionally, there is little protection from the sun, so I would advise to bring plenty of water as you'll be losing lots of liquids.

I started off around 830am, and made it to the summit around 1130am, with just 1 break at the resting spot with a bench and viewpoint ( 32.912747, -116.848778 ). It took a little over 2 hours to get back to the parking lot.

NOTE: Make sure that at every fork (on the way up to the top) ALWAYS make a left. Rights will lead to a dead end trail & a cabin. This is the wrong way.

I recommend this climb for people practiving to do a hike to Mount Whitney. This is short but difficult.

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