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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
by Gabe-and-Ana :)

7 Completed 7 Reviews

Great hike!! Made it all the way to the summit! Everyone is right, be sure to bring lots of water (I did well with 3 liters)! The mountains/ trails can be pretty steep which I was very excited about! On the way back down from the summit, me knees began to go out and was very painful! This was a surprise to me because I have very strong legs and never experienced that kind of pain. For me, going up hill was not a problem at all, but going down hill and fighting gravity, took a huge toll on my knees, so be careful!!

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

This is a beautiful trail! We are residents in Lakeside, so it was very easy for us to get to and a wonderful find!
We took our dogs today and it was around 80 degrees outside, beautiful weather with a nice breeze. Only ran into about 4 people as we hiked the entire trail. We loved sitting on the rocks overlooking the reservoir. The dogs loved being on the trail and were pooped by the time we got home. Overall the trail is pretty flat with a few steep climbs up and down, but the trailheads are easily marked and trails themselves maintained. This will be our new go-to spot to hike with our two blue heelers.

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El Capitan Preserve
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15 Completed 9 Reviews

Well, I finally came back and the trail was open. Probably the most challenging hike I've done in San Diego. I started at 6 so it didnt get too hot. I brought a 2L camelbak and went through all of it and one of my backup water bottles by the time I was done. Met some cool people at the peak and exchanged hiking stories. Good times. I did see a few people on the way back with little or no water at all! Come on people, I dont care how awesome you think you are, be prepared. Thats how people die in places like this.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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15 Completed 9 Reviews

Wow, great hike! Going back is almost as hard as going out to the peak. Met some cool people along the way. The trail is well maintained and there are plenty of trail markers. People, please bring plenty of water! I went through 2L plus one of my reserve bottles. I saw people with no water at all sweating their asses of in the direct sun just asking for heat stroke. I don't care how in shape you think you are, you need water when its over 90 degrees out. Hike safe.

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El Capitan Preserve
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2 Completed 2 Reviews

I ran/ hiked it in three hours very good hike. Brings lots of water and snacks! Also…bring lots of water lol

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El Capitan Preserve
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15 Completed 9 Reviews

got screwed by the alltrails app again! Dont use the directions provided by this app, you will pass right by the trailhead and end up in a residential neighborhood. There are signs posted right before the trailhead for El Capitan and Oakzanita that I missed because I was looking at my phones gps. And when I finally got there, the trail was closed for the entire month of August due to extreme heat (which was going to be about 87 that day). I got there in the morning, so I wasnt too concerned with the "extreme heat". Bad trail info and bad directions. Thanks for ruining my morning sometrails app.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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5 Completed 3 Reviews

Wow. This is as tough a hike as I have ever done. The way up is challenging with lots of steep ups and steep downs and the final ascent to the top of El Cajon Mtn is a narrow barely cleared steep boulder strewn climb. And unlike other hikes in the area there is very little break on the way back as you again encounter a number of steep up and down switchbacks. Only very accomplished hikers in really good shape should attempt this. Bring at least 4 litres of water (my buddy brought only two and ran out for the way down). It is hot and sunny and exposed the whole way. Bring snacks - you will burn 2000 or so calories on the hike. Bring hiking poles - you really need them on this hike for stability particularly on the way down. That said the hike has fabulous views and is sparsely used. We saw a total of 10 people the whole day. Start early and be prepared and you will have a great memorable experience with a great feeling of accomplishment when you get back.

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Really liked this trail! Probably best trail for this level. Especially since everything has grown back since the fires. Problem is the map on this site said to basically park on Wildcat Canyon Rd. by Muth Valley Rd. this would be a bad idea and is wrong. The trail is on Shenma Rd. Turn left if going north on Wildcat Canyon and drive to the parking lot, you can't miss it.

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Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary Trail
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15 Completed 5 Reviews

Clarification: DON'T GO DOWN OLD BARONA RD. continue on Wildcat Canyon. Visit www.sandiegoaudubon.org/our-work/sanctuaries/Silverwood-wildlife-sanctuary and enjoy!

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Silverwood Wildlife Sanctuary Trail
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15 Completed 5 Reviews

First, I'd like you to look at my name. :) that's right: Silverwood! They say the name comes from either the color of the bark or the silver sheen of the light playing on the leaves. It's one of my new favorites. I didn't find much shade, although there is some. NOTE: the address is 13003 Wildcat Canyon Rd in Lakeside. New signage is in the works. Don't follow directions on an iPhone--you'll end up down Old Barona Rd wondering where the meth lab is ;) Just keep going past the (incorrect) left turn down Old Barona Rd and you'll see a sign that says "Silverwood 500 ft." I always wondered about that sign, and I'm a little saddened that I've been missing out this whole time. Then there's a sign that says "Silverwood entrance." It's almost to Barona, just before the boundary of the res. Owned and maintained by the San Diego Audubon, this is not to be missed. It's worth the trek. **It's open Sundays 9am to 4pm, with guided hikes available. The resident manager, Paul, is really knowledgeable and friendly. Please feed the donation box while you are there, and bring a camera and water (gets warm out there). Some of the trails are uphill, great views, lots of options, wild flowers, wildlife, amazing smells (think sage), highly recommended! Of course, I'm partial. Plan to ride out with my dad on the motorbike when he returns to the States. :D

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