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Potato Chip Rock

 4.4 (26)

Length


7.1 Miles 11.5 Kilometers


1,881' 573 m

Ascent

-1,881' -573 m

Descent

10%

Avg Grade (6°)

42%

Max Grade (23°)

2,717' 828 m

High

946' 288 m

Low

Shared By David Galy

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Potato Chip Rock is located near the peak of Mount Woodson and can be accessed by a moderate hike.

David Galy

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Lake · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

The Mt. Woodson trailhead is located on the west side of Lake Poway off of Lake Poway Road. Starting from the Lake Poway Staging area, the hike to the Mt. Woodson Summit is a difficult but rewarding ~2,000' climb.

This seven-mile round trip hike may take 3-4 hours on average and is only suggested for experienced hikers looking for a good workout with beautiful views.

Need to Know

There is a $5 parking fee for automobiles and a $2 fee for motorcycles between March 1 and mid-November.

Description

To begin this route, head east/southeast on the Lake Poway Trail as it bends around the south shore of the lake. At a little under one mile, look for the right hand turn on to Mt. Woodson Trail. This marks the first stage of the out-and-back climb on a wide fire road.

After a mile, there will be a quick break in the uphill grade and there will be a clearing here on the south side of the trail (right).

Push on for the remaining ~1.8-mile ascent through a network of boulders. This section is very exposed to the sun so plan accordingly with water and sun protection.

Make the final climb along the switchbacks and look for the iconic Potato Chip Rock as you make your way to the top. Rest up, refuel, and explore this bizarre geologic feature before heading back the way you came.

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Jul 15, 2018
Tyler Kilpatrick
Jul 11, 2018
Charm Smith
Jun 21, 2018
Amanda Camelo
Jun 20, 2018
Chris B
May 29, 2018
Mickael Williams
Hiked thru to woodson trailhead on 67 7mi — 2h 45m
May 28, 2018
kenneth holt
May 22, 2018
Lauren Felix
Apr 12, 2018
S Wright
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  4.4 from 26 votes

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