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14644 Lake Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-1416
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Reviewed 5 days ago

I gave it an average rating because it was too difficult for me. February was a great time to hike, perfect weather. My mistake was thinking the shorter hike would get me there faster without considering that it also means the trailer would be steeper....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank CrazyMomOf3
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This hike is not for beginners like me...I tackled this hike but it almost killed me...92 degrees and not enough water....Start early!!! Bring a gallon of water...take hiking poles...wear hiking shoes and wear a hat. I was 62 and proud I made it but it...More

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank Sandy R
Reviewed July 15, 2018

The trail is fairly good condition for hiking, but at points can be rugged enough to be glad you have proper walking/hiking footwear. The washrooms are at the concession stand immediately at the parking lot. It will cost $10.00 to enter the park unless you...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank converge77
Reviewed January 1, 2018 via mobile

We did this hike from the Highway 67 side, parking on the side of the road a few hundred yards south of the fire station. This is a popular hike, so the parking can be a challenge on a busy weekend. Access to the trail...More

Date of experience: January 2018
Thank nickrR9944JL
Reviewed August 23, 2017

This is a paved trail if you go in the right way, park on the shoulder and follow the dirt path to the paved trail but it is straight up hill. I could not believe the views. it took us a bout an hour and...More

Date of experience: August 2017
2  Thank Donna W
Reviewed June 20, 2017

A little tough, steep up hill. Bring water especially in the summer months. Great reward at the top!

Date of experience: June 2017
Thank Eric M
Reviewed May 27, 2017

I have taken this hike a few times over the years, From the parking area to the summit of Mt. Woodson it is about 7 miles round trip from the Lake Poway side. It is all up hill on the way there and has many...More

Date of experience: May 2017
Thank 10ringtraveler
Reviewed May 12, 2017

The trail does not offer so much shade. But luckily the wind offers coolness. A hat is a must, don't forget the water. And forget taking your picture on the potato chip rock. It's a long line, way too long.

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank Yan b
Reviewed December 14, 2016

We all know why you came here. You want to see that weird tater chip rock! Well this hike is what I would classify as easy/moderate, and I hike pretty regularly. I think it was about seven miles from parking lot to potato chip. And...More

Date of experience: November 2016
1  Thank Sandy W
Reviewed September 12, 2016

Take lots of water and make sure you get an early start. Preferably start at Sunrise so you can complete your hike before it gets too hot. You will get an awesome workout and will feel like a million afterwards. But if you are not...More

Date of experience: September 2016
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September 19, 2016|
Response from Cassbeats | Reviewed this property |
Go check out alltrails on the web and google Mount Woodson backside trail maps. You can also join a meetup group as well. Hope this is helpful!