Hiking Mount Woodson (Potato Chip Rock) via Lake Poway
Mount Woodson which is also known as Potato Chip Rock, is located in Poway, California – a large suburb in the County of San Diego. Mount Woodson does have a couple trails that lead to the top and for the sake of this article, I will be talking about the west trail that begins at the bottom of Lake Poway. The peak is on the eastern edge of the San Diego metropolis and offers incredible views of the surrounding city as well as the Pacific Ocean and eastern San Diego mountains. In addition to the large granite boulders at the top of the peak the trail is also a great place to see blooming wildflowers during the Spring months and occasional wildlife including snakes. The Ramona Dam borders the bottom of Mount Woodson and is also responsible for the formation of Lake Poway where fishing and boating is also available.
Aside from the incredible views at Mount Woodson, the draw for which it’s known for is the iconic potato chip shaped rock located about 0.2 miles below the main peak. Sometimes (and especially on weekends), the potato chip rock can be so popular that lines waiting to take a picture on the rock form. The potato chip rock is a common photo op for many San Diegans. Directly to the south of the peak is another one of San Diego’s popular trails, Iron Mountain,
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Who Mount Woodson (Potato Chip Rock) Hike Is For:
Advanced Hikers: If you’re on the higher end of advanced, this hike will be relatively easy. For everyone else, this will be good exercise.
Expert Hikers: This will be a fun hike with great San Diego views.
It’s always a good idea to be aware of what type of hiking level you’re at.
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Rattlesnakes are common in this area so be alert. Poison oak is not commonly found in this area because of the dry weather and lack of shadier environments. Poison oak can’t be completely excluded so be aware of the plant just in case.