Potato Chip Rock
ElevationAscent: 1,881' 573 m
Descent: -1,881' -573 m
High: 2,717' 828 m
Low: 946' 288 m
GradeAvg Grade: 10% (6°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
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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
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.
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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