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Potato Chip Rock - Mt. Woodson Trail

Poway, CA

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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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35 Completed 9 Reviews

Great

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

Easy with an awesome view of the lake!

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was nice beautiful hike!!!!

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El Capitan Preserve
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8 Completed 2 Reviews

An absolutely challenging hike. When you reach the top of the mountain, you realize that the walk back to the parking lot is going to be just as tough as it was on the way up. There are so many ascents and descents of significant elevation gains and drops . Please take a lot of water 4liters minimum per person. I ran out of water and had to borrow from a couple of helpful gentlemen once I reached the top. Thanks to Brian and Buster for helping me out.
But the feeling on completing this monster (This is the longest and toughest I have done) is absolutely WOW.

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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43 Completed 35 Reviews

Heed the heat warnings of others. So close and accessible, that this one bites an occasional hiker now and then. Three for the workout and the placer mine... but not worth it if you or your crew are not hardy. This is the only trail from which I've called 911 for the rescue helicopter (which couldn't find the downed hiker and dog - had to hike in and guide an old jeep for the rescue) and sent one from my party to the hospital for three days. A balmy low 90's day by all nearby weather stations conflicted with the 115 degrees - legit - near the saddle.

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Oak Oasis Open Space Preserve
by Curt Hoehn

17 Completed 2 Reviews

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El Cajon Mountain Trail
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22 Completed 2 Reviews

best early to avoid heat..lots of inclines in both directions. use your heels and butt muscles going up. if u can hike 10* miles...this is just another workout. .. my feet were happy when I got to my car.

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Stelzer Park Loop
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7 Completed 1 Reviews

Amazing views

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El Capitan Preserve
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10 Completed 1 Reviews

Loved the hike but should have planned better. Should have gone earlier to avoid the hottest part of the day. Very extreme conditions - up and down all day - both ways. Took us 8 hours. 1.5 liters of water was NOT enough. Next time more water and not in summer.

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Lindo Lake Loop
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7 Completed 5 Reviews

Love it. Easy, quaint. Some riff raff in parts but just keep going.

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