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Mt. Woodson Road Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 3.7 (11)

A steep climb up a radio tower service road.


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Map Key

2.1

Miles

3.3

KM

Point to Point

2,847' 868 m

High

1,693' 516 m

Low

1,154' 352 m

Up

75' 23 m

Down

11%

Avg Grade (6°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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Description

This is the short, steep way to Mt. Woodson along a road that is closed to all vehicular traffic except as required for the maintenance of the radio equipment at the top.

The first 0.2 miles can be traversed in multiple ways, on road or trail. From here follow the road straight up another 1.9 miles, passing a water storage container at 0.55 miles.

This hike is a good workout even though you are on a paved surface. Once a group of mountain bikers passed by, well, all but one. The last guy and me were neck and neck at the water container. I thought to myself, I could hike 10% faster. I kicked it up a notch, slowly dropping the guy, and beat him to the top.

It's always tempting to go down the Mt. Woodson Trail a bit on the other side but if you want to go the whole way, you should setup a car shuttle unless you are in quite good shape and have gotten an early start for the round-trip hike.

This is also the shortest way to get to Potato Chip Rock, the other one being the Lake Poway Trail that is almost double the distance.

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Shared By:

Matthew Kidd with improvements by Samantha Shieh

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  3.7 from 11 votes

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View from the summit of Mount Woodson
Jan 2, 2018 near Poway, CA
Quick stop on the way to the top!
Nov 19, 2017 near San Pas…, CA
Negotiating the bolders
Nov 19, 2017 near San Pas…, CA
Exploring Potato Chip Rock.
Oct 27, 2016 near Poway, CA
Potato Chip Rock (without people, for once)
Jan 2, 2018 near Poway, CA
Looks like air pockets in the rock face! Others have left baby rocks inside each pocket!
Jan 11, 2020 near San Pas…, CA

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2.1mi — 1h 30m
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Dec 11, 2019
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Full Moon w/distant city lights — 1h 21m
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