Poway, CA Trails and Parks

Poway has 32 trails in the vicinity, including 27 hiking trails and 7 for mountain biking. These trails range from 2 to 9.6 miles in length. The most popular trails are Lake Poway Loop, Lake Poway: Warren Canyon Trail and Sycamore Canyon: Goodan Ranch Open Space Preserve Loop. Trails.com member Lidia R. recently completed Miramar Reservoir Loop.
  • Woodson Mountain—East Approach TrailView Trail Details

    4 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  3 hours
    •  5.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Native Americans called it “Mountain of Moonlit Rocks,” an appropriate name for a landmark visible, even at night, over great distances. Early ...

  • Lake Poway LoopView Trail Details

    3 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.6 miles
    •  Guide

    The Lake Poway Recreation Area offers boat rentals and fishing, a walk-in campground, and a grassy picnic area. For day hikers, even busy weekends ...

  • Lake Poway to Mount Woodson Peak TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  4.5 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The beautiful and serene Lake Poway Recreation Area is the starting point for this strenuous trail that climbs approximately 2,300 feet to reach ...

  • Black Mountain—South Slope TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    •  2 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    Black Mountain’s triangular profile is a familiar sight to residents of Rancho Penasquitos, Mira Mesa, Sabre Springs, Carmel Mountain Ranch, ...

  • Twin Peaks TrailView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2 miles
    •  Guide

    Twin Peaks, a scruffy, boulder-studded promontory rising amid Poway’s suburban streets, is most known for the street it is named after: Twin ...

  • Miramar Reservoir LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1-2 hours
    •  4.85 miles
    •  Guide

    This easy paved loop, framed by a verdant setting, is an excellent example of naturalresources management that makes a positive impact on the ...

  • Sycamore Canyon and Goodan RanchView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Walking  
    •  1.5 to 2 hours
    •  4 miles
    •  Guide

    These joined open-space preserves, totaling 2025 acres, offer long and short walks through chaparral-covered hills and canyons, impressive views, ...

  • Sycamore Canyon: Goodan Ranch Open Space Preserve LoopView Trail Details

    2 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  4.5 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This peaceful hike leads you through both Sycamore Canyon, a 1,700-acre wilderness area nestled between Poway and Santee, and bordering 325-acre ...

  • Woodson Mountain—West Approach TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  4.5 hours
    •  6.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This more challenging hike to Woodson Mountain’s summit (compared to the east approach) takes you through a veritable obstacle course of gigantic ...

  • Iron Mountain TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5.75 miles
    •  Guide

    San Diego is one of the fittest counties in the nation. People hike, bike, run and exercise everywhere, and this is a decent-size peak with incredible ...

  • Lake PowayView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Walking  
    •  2 to 2.5 hours
    •  3.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This fine lake (man-made, of course) and its surrounding wilderness area are good news for walkers, part of the city of Poway’s system of hiking ...

  • Iron Mountain Peak TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6.5 miles
    •  Guide

    The mountain is named for its iron ore content, but the moniker could just as easily refer to the brute strength it takes to get to the top of ...

  • Blue Sky Ecological Reserve TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5 miles
    •  Guide

    The 700-acre Blue Sky Ecological Reserve near Poway protects one of the finer examples of riparian (streamside) vegetation in Southern California. ...

  • Goodan Ranch & Sycamore Canyon TrailView Trail Details

    1 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    •  2 hours
    •  4.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve, along with its addition, Goodan Ranch, sprawls across more than 2000 acres of granite-ribbed mountains southeast ...

  • Mount Woodson East TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  3.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a popular area for rock climbers, runners, and hikers who enjoy an uphill workout; be sure to bring water any time of year, and on hot ...

  • Lake Poway: Warren Canyon TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  4 hours
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    The trail runs along the base of the nearly 2,900-foot-high Mount Woodson. Lake Poway makes the start of this sometimes strenuous trail quite ...

  • Iron Mountain to Lake Ramona Overlook and PondView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  3.5 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    About the same length as the trail to Iron Mountain’s peak, this loop has a wide-open feel; the mountains seem to part, the trail cleaving a ...

  • Iron Mountain TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    •  3.5 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    The conical summit of North San Diego County’s Iron Mountain rises nearly 2700 feet above sea level, frequently well above the low-lying coastal ...

  • Lake Poway Loop TrailView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  1.5 hours
    •  2.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This looping trail around Lake Poway serves two purposes. It’s an excellent exercise trail for runners and walkers, with a good mixture of flats, ...

  • Blue Sky Trail to Lake RamonaView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Oak woodland, riparian habitat, coastal sage scrub, and chaparral lend variety to this oasis near the suburbs of Poway. The first 1.5-mile stretch ...

  • Iron Mountain Summit Trail - Long LoopView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Trail Running  
    •  1.25 - 2.5 hours
    •  9.6 miles
    •  Guide

    This course is the longer approach to the summit of Iron Mountain. The trail passes through coastal scrub, chaparral, and groves of eucalyptus ...

  • Iron Mountain Summit Trail - Short CourseView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Trail Running  
    •  1 - 1.5 hours
    •  6.4 miles
    •  Guide

    This course is the most direct approach to the summit of Iron Mountain. The first 1.7 miles go to the base of Iron Mountain, and the next 1.5 ...

  • Poway Lake LoopView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Trail Running  
    •  .5 - .8 hour
    •  2.7 miles
    •  Guide

    Poway Lake is located in beautiful Lake Poway Recreation Area at the western foot of Mount Woodson. Sycamore trees and large rock outcroppings ...

  • Iron MountainView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    North San Diego County’s Iron Mountain thrusts its conical summit nearly 2,700 feet above sea level, frequently well above the low-lying coastal ...

  • Woodson MountainView Trail Details

    0 Reviews

    Poway, CA

    • Hiking  
    •  3 hours
    •  6 miles
    •  Guide

    The native Kumeyaay people called it Mountain of Moonlit Rocks, an appropriate name for a landmark visible, even at night, over great distances. ...