Mt Woodson Trail Hike

Lake Poway is a suburb in San Diego. Miles, Nick, Lexi, and I decided to hike the Mt Woodson Trail after learning about the famous potato chip rock. We got a late start around 9 am on a Sunday morning for this 8 miles round-trip hike. The summit elevation is about 2,000 ft. There are signs everywhere telling hikers to bring lots of water. They aren’t kidding.

Cloudy Lake Poway at the start of our hike

Cloudy Lake Poway at the start of our hike

The views of the lake are gorgeous. While the hike started out cloudy the sun didn’t take long to come out. The trail is well-maintained but there is little to no shade.

Made it to the top of Potato Chip!

The line to take a picture on the potato chip rock was very long by the time we got there. We waited for about an hour. Most people are pretty considerate about snapping a few pictures and then moving off the rock.

Almost to the end of the trail

Almost to the end of the trail

Don’t stop at the potato chip rock though! Technically the trail continues upward a bit more.

View from the top

View from the top

We were psyched to finish this hike and had a fun time going back down.

Having fun hiking back down

Having fun hiking back down

I would hike this trail again but would recommend leaving earlier than 9 am as it took us about four hours and the desert heat was intense.

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