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Mt Woodson via Lake Poway

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form Lake Poway through canyon to Mt Woodson and breathtaking vistas
Near:Poway, CA
Distance:6.4 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:2000 ft
Hike Time:5 hours
Trail Condition:OK, but a few difficult spots
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a strenuous day hike via Lake Poway. Trail is very steep and narrow in some places. Well marked and maintained most of the way until the last 1/2 hour to the top. The views from the peak are worth the effort. We hiked 1st of August, be sure to take enough water, it was extremely hot and dry! The views are to the ocean and to Palomar Mountain to the East. There is an easier way to the top, via highway 67. The alternate route is paved and well maintained. We decided to take this less traveled route as it is more difficult and challenging.
Upon our return we had a picnic at Lake Poway, all and all, it was a wonderful day.

Trailhead: From Espola Road go to the Lake Poway entrance. The fee is $4.00 for all day. The lake and park are very clean and a well maintained. We had a picnic with our kids and had an enjoyable day at the park after our hike.

Take the lake trail to the east side where the trailhead is clearly marked about .5 mile from the dock going counter clockwise around the lake. (Lat:33 Lon:-117.01)

Trail Guides for Mt Woodson via Lake Poway:
Afoot & Afield in San Diego County
by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Best Seasons: Fall, Spring, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs, Bikes, Horses,
Ranger Contact: Lake Poway Rangers
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Kevin Vasquez, who has posted  7 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Ryan on 3/9/2016
Just a note on the alternate route via the 67... I think it's actually more strenuous despite being paved most, if not all, the way because of the incline. You get the same elevation gain in about 2 miles. So just a heads up. Also, there is usually a significant wait time for pics on potato chip rock, expect about 30 mins

Reviewed by Viewer on 7/4/2013
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Reviewed by JB on 2/24/2013
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Reviewed by Paul on 7/18/2012
Hardly a day hike, My friend and I did this last week and for summer it wasn't that bad. Definantly not for the feint of heart but if your in good shape you'll love this hike. We reached the summit in 2 hours and back to the trailhead in 1. Theirs little to no shade definantly bring a hat sun screen and a few bottles of water. Once you get to Potato Chip Rock the view is awesome and you can see Iron Mtn from the top.

Reviewed by David Oker on 9/14/2011
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Reviewed by Anthony on 7/21/2011
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Reviewed by Jeff on 7/18/2011
Starting from the trail head sign at Poway lake to the Summit took 1 hour, that would make the distance around the 3.5 mile range. Most of the hike is very easy, gradual inclines with a number of level spots and down hill resting zones (I call flat or down hill sections resting zones, even though I am still walking fast). 2 spots had moderately steep climbs, enough to really push me. This hike has some great scenery, and wonderful views, and is the perfect distance and challenge to make this a regular hike, I will be back, often.

Reviewed by MW on 3/3/2011
Hiked from Blue Sky parking lot to summit taking in the lake. 10.8 mi. took about 3.5 hrs. Beautiful, lots of water flowing.

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