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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 Capitan Preserve
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

This trail is very clean and clearly marked. I would advise poles as you will certainly be tested - a pretty difficult trail.

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El Capitan Preserve
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2 Completed 1 Reviews

This hike will test your mental toughness!

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El Capitan Preserve
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16 Completed 4 Reviews

If you want solitude, distance, and a good challenge, I'd recommend this!! I thoroughly enjoyed this hike!!

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El Capitan Preserve
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Hard, good workout. Did the first half quickly, the soreness caught up to me while returning back to the starting point. Hot for early November, 87 degrees that day. Bring water and snacks.

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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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