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Mount Woodson Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.3 (8)

A steep ascent from Lake Poway to the Potato Chip Rock with little shade but awesome views.


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Map Key

2.7

Miles

4.4

KM

70%

Runnable

2,720' 829 m

High

1,041' 317 m

Low

1,681' 512 m

Up

1' 0 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

40%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

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Runner Notes

A sustained steep grade and exposure make this a tough but doable option as an out-and-back hill climb.

Description

From the southeast corner of Lake Poway and the Lake Poway Trail, look for this trail heading east up the ridge. The start of the trail is a wide fire road.

After a mile or so, you'll come to a clearing where the trail will begin to narrow down as it winds through the boulders.

From the clearing, it's another ~1.6 miles to the Potato Chip Rock with little shade so plan accordingly with water and sun protection.

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Shared By:

David Galy

Trail Ratings

  4.3 from 8 votes

#1

in Lake Poway

#6709

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  4.3 from 8 votes
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Trail Rankings

#1

in Lake Poway

#597

in California

#6,709

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Photos

90-degree panorama from the Mt. Woodsen Trail centered SSW.
Apr 25, 2017 near Poway, CA
Split rock along Mt. Woodson Trail and the view north.
Apr 25, 2017 near Poway, CA
View from the summit of Mount Woodson
Jan 2, 2018 near Poway, CA
Exploring Potato Chip Rock.
Oct 27, 2016 near Poway, CA
Potato Chip Rock (without people, for once)
Jan 2, 2018 near Poway, CA
Not a bad spot for sunset.
Oct 27, 2016 near Poway, CA

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