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Mt. Woodson (West Approach from Lake Poway)

 

Trail Stats

 

Distance - 7.5 Miles

Elevation Gain/Loss - 2300 ft.

Max Elevation Reached - 2855 ft.

Difficulty Level - Moderately Strenuous

Trailhead - Link

 

Track

 

  

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Description

   

I think of this hike to Mt. Woodson as San Diego's "little big hike". It is no cakewalk. But it ain't a killer either. It's just right. It takes you half a day. You need to start early. And you will be pleased when it ends. 

 

This trail starts at the east end of the Lake Poway parking lot. You walk along the southern shore of the lake on the Lake Poway Trail. Once you get to the east of the lake, you continue eastward away from the lake into Warren Canyon. About a mile further you leave the Warren Canyon Trail and head uphill, northeast towards the summit on the Mt. Woodson Trail.

 

The trail is well maintained throughout. It is very wide till the Warren Canyon Trail and Mt. Woodson Trail junction. Beyond this point you scale some steep switchbacks and gain altitude quickly.

  

There are some interesting rock formations along this stretch of the hike. The most interesting one is called the potato chip (I think) for obvious reasons. 

 

At the summit you get to see a near 360 degree view including the Pacific Ocean, the mountains to the north and the east and Mexico to the south. On clear days you get to see some snow capped peaks (San Jacinto, I think) to the north. In addition to the spectacular vistas, you get to see the most amazing display of antennas you will ever see (unless you are an engineer with the SETI project). There are multiple towers with several dozen antennas each. There are several satellite dishes. You name it, and they have it up there. That should all sum up to a decent dose of radiation. So, I don't wholeheartedly recommend spending too much time up there. There are some boulder-tops that make good rest spots. Find one, have a quick snack and retrace you steps back to the parking lot. 

  
You can make a full day out of this hike if you plan on a cook-out/picinc in the park. There seem to be grills, picnic tables and inviting green lawns almost  everywhere. 

 

Remember to get an early start on this trail, especially in the summer months.

Note that Poway City is collectiong a $5 fee to park at the trailhead.

 

Elevation Profile

 

 

Trail Log

 

Aug 22st, 2009

    

Started from Trailhead - 7:30 am

Reached Mt. Woodson - 9:30 am

Started back - 10:30 am

Reached Trailhead - around 12:00 noon 

     

Notes - 

   

Nandini. N, Sesh. K, Sachin. D, Vaishnav. V and I did this hike early in the morning. The weather was just fine in the begining, but it got very hot during our hike out. Saw a group of 63 (!!!) school kids on the trail. Pretty well behaved group! Poway authorities are collecting $5 now to park at Lake Poway.

 

March 21st, 2009

    

Started from Trailhead - 7:30 am

Reached Mt. Woodson - 10:00 am

Started back - 10:30 am

Reached Trailhead - 12:00 noon 

Tech Analysis - Link

  

Photos - Link, courtesy Sachin. D

     

Notes - 

 

This was my third time on this trail to Mt. Woodson.

 

Nice weather. Was foggy and chill till we got to the top. The fog cleared significantly while we were taking a break at the summit. It continued to be cool during our descent. On the whole it was an excellent day for hiking. Spotted lots of people hiking and running on the trail. Spotted a couple of mountain bikers as well.

  

    

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