Lakeside

Join the largest community of outdoor enthusiasts.

Get Started

Upgrade to Pro

Unlimited access to National Geographic TOPO! & Trails Illustrated Maps

Learn More »

Best Trails

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.

  • Best Hiking

  • Best Mountain Biking

  • Best Trail Running

Recent Reviews

Icon_1548fc941ace4a17f607bf4efec6afa0

Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
by

2 Completed 2 Reviews

Great hike

Picture?width=50&height=50

El Capitan Preserve
by

9 Completed 4 Reviews

This is one of the hardest trails in San Diego area. Simply because of the length and there being almost no shade. I've done it now three times. Bring plenty of water! I've seen too many people run out of water out there.

Person_placeholder

El Cajon Mountain Trail
by

2 Completed 2 Reviews

Took hike to summit on 3/30/2014. Was cool that day; this hike would be very difficult on a hot day. There is virtually no shade the entire hike. 12 miles round trip; extended to 13 miles by going up El Capitan as well. You climb over 3 mountains/hills on way to summit of El Cajon Mountain so there is almost as much climbing on the way back as on the way there. Bring plenty of water. The trail has very few switch backs so you take many inclines straight up or down, depending on which way you are heading. Some of the down hill hiking is fairly treacherous. Great views throughout hike; at summit you get an outstanding 360 degree view of San Diego County. There is a good parking lot on Wildcat Canyon Road.

Icon_

El Capitan Preserve
by

27 Completed 7 Reviews

Very challenging but very rewarding hike. Lots of ups and downs. Almost no shade. The trail is well maintained and well indicated.

Picture?width=50&height=50

Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
by

2 Completed 1 Reviews

One of the lesser known East County trails, Oaks Oasis is a hidden gem. You get exposed to several different types of landscapes and great views. Great for running or hiking.

Person_placeholder

El Capitan Truck Trail
by

1 Completed 1 Reviews

beautiful back country hike.... beware the indian land is close....

Icon_b1557a966648351751e936fba31a47bd

Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary Trail
by

10 Completed 1 Reviews

Right next to the El Capito trail its strange these trails are less known. Theres a good couple trails here and plenty of shade, and theres birds everywhere!

Icon_1548fc941ace4a17f607bf4efec6afa0

Stelzer Park Loop
by

2 Completed 2 Reviews

nice trail really like the observation deck on the top midway through the hike beautiful View.

Icon_

El Capitan Preserve
by

8 Completed 9 Reviews

This was the most difficult and lengthy trail I have done so far. My friend and I did not know what we were getting ourselves into with the steep inclines (up to 42%). We did not go all the way to the El Capitan trail end and will choose to do that next time. We started at 10 to 3 which was not the greatest idea on a night with no full moon. Walking back at night is probably not the smartest thing to do (especially without a flash light) ... ** We were very unprepared for this trip as it was last minute... but the peaceful trail was very nice and we both felt very accomplished. (Our trail was a total distance of 10.74 miles and we completed in 4 1/2 hours. Worth the challenge.

Icon_

El Cajon Mountain Trail
by

4 Completed 4 Reviews

Great hike! Lots of water a must! We hiked the last week in December and it was sunny and very warm. I felt very accomplished when I was finished.

Support