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Mt Woodson/Potato Chip Rock

The trail is hard to find via google maps! The maps will take you to a private road, and from there its not possible to…

Tasty Potato Chip

This is my last peak to complete the 2021 San Diego 6POP. I wanted to avoid any crowds so I went on a Thursday. I…

First Solo Hike

My first solo hike ever! Loved this trail. I went during the week and there was a steady stream of people on the trail but…

On top of the Clouds

Frye koegel leads you through a trail of oak trees. Then you climb until you get to more open views and finally reach the infamous…

Woodson from Fry-Koegel

Great hike! Woodson via Fry-Koegel is my favorite way to summit. It provides beauty as well as is easier than the other two ways with…

Potato Chip Peak

I wish I would have started earlier so that I could have been the first one to summit. I ended up being the 5th.

Mt Woodson

Significantly less crowded than we expected!

The chip n dip

Trail conditions were very clear and the weather was perfect! Got started in the fog and it cleared up around 10. Not too crowded a…

Potato Chip

Second time hiking this trail. Great cardio! Passed lots of fellow hikers on the trail.

Mount Woodson

Friends visiting San Diego so we went to the potato chip!

Mt Woodson

8 am start on loop so shaded on descent so weather tolerable.

Mount Woodson

Did the 5.5 mile loop starting at Mount Woodson Rd & Hwy 67  for this trip up.  Wanted to do something different than the usual…

Hottest Hike of the Year

We chose the absolute worst day to do this hike! Very hot and sunny, high 80s, but there was still a surprising amount of people…

Chips ahoy

The minute I saw the lake at the beginning of the hike I knew this was going to be beautiful. It was so peaceful and…

Potato Chip Rock

Perfect overcast weather for this hike. Tuesday morning and no crowds at all!

Potato Chip

Weather was perfect , started at 9 am ! The views all along the hike are amazing !

Potato chip was surely crunchy

Did this hike on a evening of a work day, hence was free of people. It was little sunny when I started but it got…

Wonderful Woodson

Sunrise hike to Mt. Woodson and Potato Chip 5.8 mi loop. Then 2nd look at Woodson from Iron Mtn.

Mount Woodson Hike

Completed 3 of 6 of the San Diego Six Pack of Peaks challenge.  Started hike at 11am and it was already in the mid 70s.…

Mt. Woodson

82 degrees, no shade or trees, rock stairs, anticlimactic summit, no mile marker, electricity grids at top, famous potato chip rock near summit.

It Ain’t The Trail Fairies

I read a lot about this trail, seems it’s one of the more popular trails in San Diego. Maybe because of the potato chip but…

It Ain’t The Trail Fairies

I read a lot about this trail, seems it’s one of the more popular trails in San Diego. Maybe because of the potato chip but…

Mt Woodson

This hike was a little tougher than I expected but it was great.  Going on a Monday helped ensure it wasn’t so crowded.  The peak…

Sunset with my chip

This one by far to crowded for my likes, but if go in the evening you can get lucky with the amount of people.  Looking…

Potato Chip

630am start. Definitely a hard one! Our group moved fast and summited in 1.5 hours. Beat the heat, by the time we got back to…

Too hot for a hike

With no shade, and temperature at 90F by the time we finished, it was a tough hike. And we tried to start early which definitely…

Who goes twice

Hot and humid! Went up twice for a friends 40th birthday!

Mt. Woodson Hike

This hike was very hot and had no shade throughout the trail. It is no joke in the heat! I would recommend you bring more…

Chip and fall

Started 6:40 AM to avoid the mid day heat inbred return. The trail from the parking lot around the lake has one uphill in the…

Past the potato chip

This was the first hike of the challenge and we were eager to start it. Beautiful weather and we started at about 7:30 am. It…

Potato Chip Rock Trail Rippin’ Trip

Perfect weather, great trail conditions. Geared up in flamboyant tank tops and sick sunglasses, my brother, our friend, and I ran and hiked our way…

WATER for WOODSON

The heat at the end was a little tough. My daugter and I had a blast despite the heat. Potato chip was super fun and…

Potato Chip Rock

My sister and I arrived at the trail at 7 A.M. We have hiked the trail several times before and wanted to see how fast…

I’m a potato!

Bucket list hike complete!!!   uneventful accent. Nice views of the lake at the start of the trail… some views along the way. When we…

Ima Potato

The hike was not to bad we did go up on a weekday and as early as possible to get the pics we wanted at…

Checked off Woodson

Started really early to avoid the heat and the crowds. Did neither ????. The short hike to potato chip rock from Hwy 67 wasn’t very…

Woodson Morning

Should have started a bit earlier, but the heat wasn’t too too bad!  Line for the Chip was wayyyyy too long- a squad from CalFire…

Great Hike!

We started our hike at around 7am and we are already exposed to the sun. Steep all the way to the chip but manageable!drink lots…

Mt Woodson

Straight up – busy hike even in the morning. Beautiful views even if a little hazy.

Potatoe chip sunset

Lovely sunset, I would have climbed potatoe chip had I had better pants and shoes with traction.

Mt Woodson via Lake Poway

Nice cool start to the morning. Bathrooms available at the Poway Lake parking lots, also a few portas on the trail from Lake Poway before…

Potato Chip Rock

7.5  miles roundtrip, early in the morning to beat the crowd for pictures. (details are limited since I am logging this months later)

Fried and Crispy

Very nice weekday hike up to Tater Chip. There were no crowds and it wasn’t too hot. We chose to do the HWY 67 to…

Mount Woodson

We arrived at the trailhead at 7:00 am, and found plenty of parking. I was concerned we’d have trouble with that since this is such…

Short Side of the Mt

I have hiked the other trails to Mt Woodson but never the fire road. Beautiful views with the climb with the clouds settled in the…

MOUNT WOODSON

Enjoyed a quiet hike and met some cool people along the way. Warm weather and good to get back out hiking again and explore a…

Mt. Woodson – Hard Way!

Perfect San Diego “May gray” type of day.  The hill up was hard regardless.  Had my backpack on as I’m also doing section hikes of…

Chiip

Moderate trail, easy access. Hot day make sure to take lots of water and check the forecast.

Potato Chip

Holy smokes.  It was much harder than expected.  I took my 9 year old daughter.   She rocked it.   We never found the geo…

Potato Chip!!

Started early (6am). Sun came out after the peak. Beat the lines for the chip photo op. A nice steady climb with some amazing views…

Mt. Woodson

Good old Mt. Woodson. Usually a bit too crowded for my liking, but we hit trail at 6:00, so the trail was fairly quiet on…

Potato Chip Rock

The hike was fun, intense, and a bit scary at the end. The trail conditions were good for the time being and the weather was…

Potato Chip

Mt. Woodson is an awesome hike. Highly recommend going in the morning before the crowds and bring plenty of water and wear proper foot attire…

Potato Chip Rock

this was a good one. hit the trail in the am to beat the crowd. had a small wait to take that one pic

Lake Poway to Mt. Woodson

My friend and I started our hike from Lake Poway at 6:30am.the weather started out cool but pleasant.  The hike was nice.  This was a…

That one chip

First time hiking Mt. Woodson! I’ve always seen the potato chip photos and was curious to see it in person. Lucky for me, this challenge…

Back to Woodson

Initially intending to hike El Cajon I changed my plans at the last  minute due to a late start and time constraints and decided to…

Potato Chip Rock Hike

Went up to Potato Chip the back way starting by the golf course, the Fry Koegel Trail. The trail is beautiful and less trafficked, love…

Potatoe, potatow

Wonderful mid week jaunt. Very few other hikers and had the chip all to myself at one point.

Mount Woodson

Hardly anyone around on a Monday mid-day.  Hot, but beautiful views of Lake Poway which was pretty glassy.

Mt Woodson

I have always been afraid of doing this for some reason but I did it!

Potato Chips

Hike was not as difficult as I thought. Although if I had hiked this trail same time last year I would have struggled! The views…

Potato Chip

Great hike, beautiful views and flowers were  blooming

Mt Woodson Amongst the Crowds

Forget how challenging this hike can be. Started the lake Poway Loop counterclockwise, hiked up Woodson, and then completed the loop. Beautiful day, tons of…

Mt Woodson Amongst the Crowds

Forget how challenging this hike can be. Started the lake Poway Loop counterclockwise, hiked up Woodson, and then completed the loop. Beautiful day, tons of…

Mount Woodson

Beautiful day and great views from the summit. Lots of people on our way down.

Mount Woodson/Potato Chip Rock

Very busy for 8:00 in the morning on a Friday. The light mist off the lake breaking during the ascent made for a picture perfect…

Burn my legs off

4/8/21 10:07 Mt. Woodson trailhead (out) 10:50 Mt. Woodson summit 10:57 Potatochip rock 11:54 Mt. Woodson trailhead (back)

Mt Woodson

It was a nice day for a hike. There’s not much shade on the trail so brings lots of water and sunscreen.

Salty potato chip

Weather was great at the start 7am. On the way down it reached 80°. Starting to get hot! Hike over all was great! Lots of…

Potato Chip Rock

Early start to beat the heat. Sunny with little shade. Popular but not too crowded.

Mt. Woodson – Spring 2021

We decided to change our plans and hike Mt. Woodson, instead of our previously planned hike. Glad we did. It was a beautiful day, with…

Mount Woodson aka Potato Chip

It was a beautiful day for a hike, lots of people there. Kind of crowded had to wait your turn, but everyone was friendly.

Potato Chip Rock

Trail was in great condition, weather was great. Ran most of the way down the mountain.

Afternoon

Mt Woodson was my final hike of the day ,  I did 3 hikes in one day  finish 3 peaks in the same day.  Mt…

The Sun had a Chip!!

Great hike! Trail conditions were clean and dry. We started later than planned, the sun was beating down on us lol. Bring plenty of water…

The Chip

Good time to hike this trail. It was a little warm near the end, but not bad. There were purple bushes covering the hillsides, very…

Potato Chip Rock hike

We Started 6:45am warmed up fast. We saw lots of wild flowers. Beautiful hike.

Potato Chip Rock

Trying to knock these peaks out before the summer heat rolls in.  The was one of 3 peaks completed in two days (over Saturday and…

Potato Chip

Trail conditions were great. We got an early start so there weren’t too many people. No line to take a picture on Potato chip rock,…

Photo chip fun

Fun hike to the potato chip we got there early to miss the photoshoot line

Potato Chip-Mt. Woodson

It was a beautiful day. I went through the Lake Poway entrance. I started a little later then I anticipated but it was okay. Last…

Wonderful Woodson

Solo hike to Mount Woodson summit to finish off my San Diego Six Pack of Peak  challenge. Stopped by for a few selfies at the…

Mt. Woodson

Weekdays = no fee to park at the lake! I haven’t gone up this side in about 5 years.  I also never took the time…

Potato Chip Hike DONE

It was definitely a difficult hike, but very pretty. Great day for a hike too.

Perfect morning at Mount Woodson

The trail was in excellent shape after Monday’s rain, slightly damp with a few small puddles, not muddy or dusty, perfect conditions.

Choose your own adventure

Last time I approached Woodson from the east side. This time I came from the west side and started a bit further north at the…

Mt Woodson

Great hike up to Potato Chip Rock / Mt. Woodson, love this hike!

Mt. Woodson

Took the trail from the 67 highway as it’s free, 4.1 miles, and paved. Trail was bonkers busy, but that’s to be expected when you…

Potato Chip Rock

Super busy at the Photo Opt location, and heavy foot traffic but overall very fun!

Wow no line

Beautiful morning hike, gloomy and perfect. And no line for the chip lol

Mt. Woodson Peak Trail

Great weather for the hike. Did it on a Monday morning so trail was not crowded. Got to potato chip rock and quite a bit…

Potato ???? Chip Rock ????

 Started hike from Lake Poway side.  The Park has plenty of bathrooms, picnic tables, and parking. The hike is mainly uphill. Took a quick picture…

Potato ???? Chip Rock

It was a half day experience and a really good workout…and soooo worth the amazing view from the top.

Potato Chip Rock

Hikes about a half mile to Poway Lake trailhead after about a half mile on that trail I reached Mount Woodson trail which took me…

Potato Chip

Good weather Make sure to start early, since it’s a popular hike, you’ll find a lot of people in the trail.