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Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail

Poway, CA

Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail is a 6.1 mile 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 from September until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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8 Completed 13 Reviews

This was an excellent training hike. The up and down terrain going both up and down the mountain made this hike very challenging (depending on your pace). As I was ascending, I felt like for every 1000 feet in elevation I gained, I gave back 500 feet. This not only makes the challenge to the peak hard, but the return downhill, seemed to be at least one third up hill. When I took of the temp was about 45'. By the time I finished it was 81'. I brought 3 litters of water in my camel pack and an additional 16 oz bottle to put my electrolytes in. By the time I finished I had drank all but 8 ounces of my water. There is an old jeep on the trail that people left water and Gatorade in for those who may have come unprepared. I only had the water in my camel pack left on my way down, but next time I will make sure to pack and extra bottle and make my donation. If I were to do this hike in the summer, I would probably step of at about 0500. This hike took me 4 hours and 48 minutes. I made a few detours and finished with 11.76 miles.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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17 Completed 2 Reviews

Not as difficult as other resources may say . As with all hikes, persistence is key; just put one foot in front of the other. Then again, definitely not a leisurely stroll- rather, a moderately challenging and rather lengthy climb with rewarding views apparent to those who elect to embark upon this hike. Longest hike I've done to date, but plan on doing longer and more strenuous ones in the near future, so this put things into perspective. Please don't attempt this if you're a beginner, and definitely bring a lot of water (at least 1.5gal) and a small knapsack with snacks and a lunch, possibly sports drink too. Took us 7 hours

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Easy quick pretty!

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

About 4 hours round trip. Good variation of incline and decline. Moderately difficult

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

perfect trail for taking the family on.

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El Capitan Preserve
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1 Completed 2 Reviews

Take lots of water regardless the time of year, serious work out

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Beautiful view of the lake, meadows and oak groves!

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El Capitan Preserve
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Hard!

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El Capitan Preserve
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10 Completed 2 Reviews

Excellent workout with all the ups and downs to and from the mountain. I thoroughly enjoyed the hike. Took me and hubby around 5 hours to complete. We started at 1030 and reached the pike around 1315... Took 2 hours to get back to the parking lot. We are both fit individuals.

Bring lots of water and snacks. Proper hiking gear would make the hike more enjoyable. We had trail running shoes but hiking boots and sticks would have been a better fit for this trail. There is the potential of jarring your knees badly otherwise.

Also, the views from the peak are very nice but I personally think Viejas mountain to the southeast has the better view of San Diego (when there is no smog).

Like people say, it's the journey, not the destination, that counts. :)

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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17 Completed 2 Reviews

Not as difficult as other resources may say . As with all hikes, persistence is key; just put one foot in front of the other. Then again, definitely not a leisurely stroll- rather, a moderately challenging and rather lengthy climb with rewarding views apparent to those who elect to embark upon this hike. Longest hike I've done to date, but plan on doing longer and more strenuous ones in the near future, so this put things into perspective. Please don't attempt this if you're a beginner, and definitely bring a lot of water (at least 1.5gal) and a small knapsack with snacks and a lunch, possibly sports drink too. Took us 7 hours