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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.

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

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,…

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…

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…

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 rock

Lots of people were headed up to take the photo on the rock today. Beautiful weather and great views but pretty easy hike.

Mt Woodson to the chip!!

Got an early start but still quite a few people! typical Saturday!! Perfect weather! A handful of people at the chip waiting for photos but…

Looking for a Potato chip

Took the secret route up. Great hike. FAntastic scenery, cover, huge rocks, Nomes,  of course the Potato chip was very cool. Mike and Seifer were…

2 girls and a hike

We got there at 7 and started to hike . It was already hot! I recommend getting started earlier because there’s no shade . This…

Potato chip rock

Nice views but crowded. Didn’t wait for potato chop pic.

Potato Chip for Breakfast

Always a beautiful sunrise hiking up to Potato Chip Rock! Started at 6:30am to avoid the crowd on a weekend.

Fungi and Gal

Easy trail. Uphill for about 2 miles, then fantastic views in all directions.

Potato Chip Rock Birthday Hike

Great hike! Definitely a challenge, but worth the payoff to get to the top. Squeezed the hike in before the rain yesterday and made it…

Mt Woodson aka Potato Chip PARTY

Woof! Moderate, but still challenging. We went early, on our way down there were lots of people coming up. Heat was a little warmer towards…

Potato Chip Rock

I really enjoyed this hike. It was a little steeper than the last route I took to Mount Woodson, but it was paved. I would…

Blue Sky to Potato Chip

I started this hike / trail run from the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve parking lot, which added more miles to my overall effort, and along…

Wounded on Woodson

Fantastic day for a hike! Got to the summit early and avoided the crowds. It’s been a couple month and my boots let me know…

Mt. Woodson aka Potato Chip PARTY

Woof! Moderate, but still challenging. We went early, on our way down there were lots of people coming up. Heat was a little warmer towards…

Potato chips anybody?

The weather perfect for the hike.  Be prepared for all those steps on the trail.

Mt. Woodson

Great Trail to summit Potato Chip from Lake Poway side. Parking was virtually empty with about 3 cars near the starting hiking point. I took…

Mount Woodson

Time: 1:42 hrs Distance: 3.52 miles Elevation gain: 1,473 feet

MT. Woodson w/ Monita

Hike was a lot more difficult than I thought it would be. Granted I took the Poway Lake route because I had my dog and…

Mount Woodson from Lake Poway

Parked at Lake Poway. Well maintained dirt trail the entire way up. Hiked on a Monday and trail was not busy.  There was no wait…

Mt Woodson From Blue Sky

Nice long one starting at Blue Sky ecological preserve to the top of mt woodson. great start to my 6 pack

How I got a potato chip

The hike was crowded, lots of people, families and kids. The second half had “stairs” which were pretty steep. The whole hike was up hill…

Mount Woodson via Fry-Koegel Trail

Great hike! The Fry-Koegel Trail section was our favorite part – soft dirt trail, trees and shade, and barely any people. The Mount Woodson section…

Mount Woodson “Potato Chip Rock”

Started my peak climbing with this one, a local favorite. 7.9 miles recorded with a 2,110ft elevation gain. The weather, typical, beautiful sunny day. Love…

Who Needs a Stairclimber? (2 out of 6)

Pretty cool hike. Definitely would recommending stopping at different points along the switchbacks/stairs on the way up. Can get crowded and you pay to park…

No Chip Today

I drove down to visit a friend for the weekend and made the stop in Poway to make the climb. This is my first hike…

Potato Chip Rock/Mt Woodson

Great hike today, clear views, not too many other hikers and no wait to go on the chip. Lots of steps and uphill to get…

Chip’n away at the 6 peaks

Such a treat to have an afternoon off and bag a peak, Beautiful day, only a few others on the trail- no one at potato…

#3 Hungry for a Chip?

I woke up this morning and said why not go hike to Potato Chip rock so I did. I hiked the service road to help…

Moonwalking on the Chip

The hike itself was quite a workout since we kept a steady pace close to 3mph the entire way up. Despite it having rained just…

Chip Off the Old Block

Foggy weather today and cloudy. Nice breeze but colder once we reached the top. Definitely need a light jacket/sweater if you’re going to hangout at…

(Lays) Potato Chip Rock aka Mt. Woodson

Trekked through Mt. Woodson as my first mountain to summit with a two of my fellow 6-peak-challenger hikers. We started at around 0645 am, very…

(Lays) Potato Chip Rock aka Mt. Woodson

Trekked through Mt. Woodson as my first mountain to summit with a two of my fellow 6-peak-challenger hikers. We started at around 0645 am, very…

My Woodson

Beautiful morning hike. Unable to get a view from the top but it was all well worth it.

Mt.Woodson Summit

I Drove a good hour and half to get to this one! Got to the Trail Head around 630ish, and was able to use the…

Mt Woodson

A lot less of the typical crowds on a Monday morning. Made for a peaceful hike.

Chip of the day

Started out the great morning with fog and ended up with a beautiful blue bird day and sunshine. Always a nice day with my girls.

Mt Woodson aka Potato Chip

Started the morning in the marine layer. Not crowded at the summit and for most of the trail for our hike. Able to take photos…

Woodson Peak

This is one trail you want to do early (unless you like crowds)

The peak with no trail etiquette

The lesser traveled (and slightly longer) trail is Fry-Koegol trail and I’m glad I took that one. It was the best part of the hike.…

Potato Chip Rock

Gorgeous day. Lots of people. Steep trail. Just as expected.

Up Up Mount Woodson

We all met at the Lake Poway entrance ready for a 7.3 mile hike up that was recommended as the more scenic route. However we…

Potato Chip Rock aka Mt Woodson

Had to start at different trailhead than planned due to closure. We adapted & had a lovely hike! Warm & sunny & enjoyed catching up…

Mt. Woodson

It was straight up for 2 miles. Then a fun picture on potato chip rock. And straight back down. Easy peasey

Potato Chip first-timer

Great hike and fun to visit Potato Chip rock for the first time. Lots of people on the trail on a Saturday morning.

Mount Woosdon

Nice short steady climb.  Not too many people on the trail

Potato Chip

We started the hike at 6:15 am to beat the crowd at the chip.  The sunrise was gorgeous.  This was a very steep climb but…

Mt. Woodson

Sunrise start to avoid crowds. Beautiful morning & a small wait to get on the chip. A little challenging to get on the rock since…

Potato chip

Was a great hike! Glad I got on the chip!

Early Birds get the Potato Chip

At 6:30 AM it was chilly when we met at the Romona side trailhead, but as expected it quickly warmed up as we started the…

Mount Woodson

The weather was perfect nice and cool and the trail wasn’t difficult but it was more beautiful the higher I got up the trail most…

Butt Kicker of Mt Woodson

Love starting hikes early in the morning but still ran into people screaming and playing their loud music.  We did the fire road on the…

Peak 4

Nice day today in Poway. As always, so crowded. Long line to get to the chip rock. Opted to climb some other big boulders to…

Potato Chip Rock

1/31/2021. Never fails to amaze me every time I hike this natural gem. Always enjoy every bit of it & today was rather a more…

Potato Chip

3rd Peak for the 6-POP (San Diego). Decide to relax on a big boulder facing downtown and Coronado Island before heading to the chip. With…

Fearless mamas

This was a fun hike. It was slightly crowded as we got to the top. But, the way up was fine! A little fear as…

Mt Woodson Potato Chip Rock

Few hikers after the earlier storm and overnight rain. Plenty of parking even at 7:30am. Trail was uncrowded even Potato Chip rock maybe only 5…

Conquering Potato Chip Rock

Another beautiful day for a hike. We took off early in the morning to try to beat the crowd. The trails were pretty empty until…

Ice on Potato Chip Rock

Mostly a fire road, beautiful boulders, gorgeous sunrise. Got to the chip and there was no line so I climbed up on it but chickened…

I love potato chips !

We started early to miss the crowds … We warmed up very quickly  with a steep climb most the way up!

I love potatoe chips

Started early  to miss the crowds …. we warmed up  very quickly  quite a steep  climb!

Snagged Peak #2

Busy but iconic hike to Potato Chip rock! Glad we started as early as we did, we got to the trailhead around 7:15 am. Felt…

Mt Woodson after the rain

I grew up in Ramona and worked for CDF (now Cal Fire) and have even covered at the fire station near the trailhead. Needless to…

Mount Woodson Potato Chip

Hike was all uphill snd fairly steep on a paved road. Got an early 6am start and had a few other hikers. Nice views at…

MT Woodson

Beautiful crisp air with an amazing sunrise and morning moon.

#3 Mt. Woodson

This is my 3rd time to hike Mt. Woodson but it is my first time taking the Fry/Koegel Trail.  The trail is beautiful especially the…

Sunny Mount Woodson

Beautiful Sunny Day. Hiked the Woodson Mountain Loop trail starting on the Hwy. 67 then looping back on Fry-Koegel Trail making it a beautiful treat…

Mt. Woodson/Potato Chip Rock

Just after a So Cal rain the non-paved sections were damp but easily passable with a decent shoe. Our 13 lb. dog and 11 year…

You rock my world Mt.Woodson

It was a beautiful day with amazing views.  Highly recommended to bring pole as needed going up hill.  SAFETY FIRST AND ASK FOR HELP WHEN…

Where’s the peak???

Started at blue sky reserve, such a pretty trail with all the oak trees.  Glad we did this on weekday not too many people. Got…

The Perfect Day

#1 for the San Diego Challenge. #3 of 12 total peaks. We started just before 7:00. It was very cold at first, then warmed up…

Mount Woodson (Potato Chip Rock)

This was not my first time hiking this peak, but it was the first time in years. I brought my boyfriend along for his first ascent to…

Two peak Tuesday: #2 Woodson

I decided to try another path to the summit this time as last time there were too many people for my liking. It was a…

Woodson Peak Hike

What a beautiful cool January day. Mid to low 50’s during the entire hike. We had recent rains and snow but the trail was not…

Mt.Woodson

We started our hike after sunrise. Although we just had rain the night before. The skies on the way up were clear and the beauty…

Mt Woodson

Pretty good hike. Steady elevation gain. Wasn’t able to find anything that said “Mt Woodson” besides the benchmark.

Mt. Woodson

We chose this route since it had rained heavily and wanted to let the dirt trails dry out. Our best time yet going up, 28…

Mt Woodson

Good hike, better with friends. Never really gets easier, went early on a foggy morning. Was fun and cool.

Mount Woodson Tower Road

Straight up the road to Mt Woodson.  Although many identify MW as “Potato Chip” rock, the challenge is to find the surveyors mark which is…

Rainy day ghost town on Mt. Woodson

We started early in the morning, and parked at Lake Poway. I’m recovering from an illness so we took it really slow. It was raining…