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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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4 Completed 2 Reviews

tremendous hike bring your A Game. also be prepared

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
by Annett Parris

8 Completed 6 Reviews

Love this place clean paths the only part I didn't like is when you get to the 5 miles the small paths are confusing but otherwise it's awesome

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
by Annett Parris

8 Completed 6 Reviews

Love it

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Lindo Lake Loop
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5 Completed 5 Reviews

This is an ok spot for a leisure walk, along the paved path that surrounds the lake. My kids took their bikes here as well, but there wasn't much to entertain them and the ride was very simple. The marshy area of the back lake was pretty dry and there are mosquitoes around the stagnant water areas, so be careful of those.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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4 Completed 4 Reviews

This is likely the most rigorous trail in San Diego County. Very steep up/down hill segments there and back. I definitely recommend starting early to avoid the heat. Great views along the way and at the summit making the challenge well worth it.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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21 Completed 2 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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60 Completed 17 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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60 Completed 17 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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