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A great Hike and the Pictures are brilliant!

We hiked up from the Visitor Centre at the lake, it was a pretty strenuous hike, with some steep... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
The Early Bird Gets the Worm

I've wanted to hike up to this rock the last 3 times I was in San Diego, but never had time to... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
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14644 Lake Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-1416
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We hiked up from the Visitor Centre at the lake, it was a pretty strenuous hike, with some steep pulls, but some great views on the way up. It was pretty hot, but the clear blue skies made for great photos. We didnt have to...More

Thank Tyke9
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've wanted to hike up to this rock the last 3 times I was in San Diego, but never had time to squeeze it into my itinerary, but I finally did this last time around, and boy I'm glad I did! Not gonna lie, this...More

Thank mklynch06
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

On an early Saturday morning before sunrise, finally started the hike with a couple of colleagues after so many trips to San Diego. Went for the shorter route via Ramona and parked the car along road 67. already many cars were there before 5:30am and...More

Thank Andy T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We loved it :) we parked at the street, to "hike" there was not too difficult and took maybe 30 to 40 mins. Not so sure about that. When we were there not too many people wanted to take their pictures. Take water with you....More

Thank Annika J
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Get there early just before sunrise and it's your best bet for less people and great photos. We had a beautiful view and there were too many people. We went 30 minutes before sunrise and we're surprised people were already there! Wouldn't go any later...More

Thank NeverANumber
Reviewed August 3, 2018

Challenging hike. We left early, so shady and not too hot going up. Nice crowd at top. Very hot and sunny coming down. Bring lots of water. Quite sore later, but worth it overall. Nice views.

Thank LarryC123
Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

This is a great hiking for families with kids. You can choose to take a easy/short route or a more challenging route like we did. We did it in July so it was very hot so remember to bring a lot of water.( you’ll need...More

2  Thank AnneIversen
Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

Loved this hike but it was tough. We parked along hwy 67 and took the paved path up. This way is a lot steeper but shorter and paved, which I thought was better for my 5 year old and four month old puppy. We stopped...More

4  Thank Stacey C
Reviewed July 12, 2018 via mobile

This is a great hike and it’s been on my bucket list for quite some time. It’s 8 miles (if you start from the Lake Poway Recreation Center), but that being said, it’s pretty tough. I thought most people were exaggerating, but they weren’t. Definitely...More

2  Thank Amber T
Reviewed June 24, 2018

This is a unique rock formation at the top of Mt. Woodson. There are two ways to hike up there. One from route 67 is a paved road and easier while the trail from Lake Poway is difficult but gives you beautiful panoramic views of...More

6  Thank Travelnut4evr
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Berenice S
August 6, 2018|
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Response from OCteazer | Reviewed this property |
Only the pavement trail on the Mt. Wilson entrance. It's still going uphill but it's good for stroller.
April 30, 2018|
Response from Deonna2 | Reviewed this property |
Personally, I wouldn’t. Cell service for us was spotty once we started to hike up the hills and nonexistent once we were near the rock formation. Also, it’s basically a path off of a main road, you park along the main road... More
April 29, 2018|
Response from elixirpost | Reviewed this property |
5:30 AM will be good if the parking is open. Weekdays parking is free. Weekdays crowd will be less. July can be very hot and make sure to apply sun screen and carry plenty of water since the trail is open with not much... More