Gone Potato Chippin’

Peak Summited2020 Mount Woodson
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadLake Poway
EncounteredWildflowers blooming
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Upon leaving Volcan Mountain, our hiking tour of San Diego continued with a planned next stop at Cuyamaca Peak. However, 45 minutes later, we would learn that the trail to Cuyamaca Peak was undergoing construction and thus not open to the public. Disappointed, but not deterred, we decided to hit Mount Woodson instead. Woodson is perhaps best known for its iconic Potato Chip Rock formation. About an hour’s drive later, we would finally start hiking again. This trail being much more strenuous than Volcan, we had to take it a tad bit slower (keep in mind that this was the hottest part of the day), but still made impressive timing. We reached the summit by 3:15 and shortly thereafter, stopped for a snack. We further explored the peak, which consists of radio towers, fascinating rock formations, and one of the biggest natural tourist attractions in Southern California, Potato Chip Rock.


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