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    Lake Poway Trail

    Lake Poway Park, California
    Elevation Gain900ft
    Trailhead Elevation946ft
    Elevation Min/Max752/1099ft
    Elevation Start/End946/946ft

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    Escondido, CA
    Trailblazer | 921 pts
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    Eagle Creek, IN
    Explorer | 30 pts
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    My husband and I are in pretty good shape and this was a very challenging, but extremely enjoyable hike. We are here on vacation from Indiana and wanted to see a bit of nature (do something other than wine tasting!) and thought we'd start with this. It took approximately an hour and 15 minutes to get to the top---this included several breaks for taking pictures, enjoying the scenery and various views, drinking water, and sitting to enjoy a banana once at the top. The views changed dramatically depending on what elevation you were and which curve of the mountains you were on---very beautiful. From ground, it doesn't do the height justice as several smaller hills are blocking your view from how high you will actually hike. Coming down was of course quicker, but we had to be extra cautious because of the steep decline and loose rocks, etc. but still great exercise! In total it took us 2 hours and 10 minutes to get to the top and back to our car; however, it could take much less for those who aren't as interested in sight-seeing and are more focused on the physical benefits of the hike---we did burn approximately 1000 calories (~900+ for me and ~1100+ for my husband). We went in the morning hours to beat the heat of the day--there is no shade at all. I would highly recommend this hike to any teenager or adult who considers him/herself physically fit. This hike requires good stamina as well as balance and stability. One thing I will add is that it is a bit difficult to find. Once on Stewart Canyon Road, after crossing under the freeway, immediately turn right on Pankey Road and park on the right. The trail entrance is on the opposite side of the road (you will see a small 'conservatory' sign). On Pankey, if you've reached the cul-de-sac, you've gone too far. Turn around and park on the side of the road just before Stewart Canyon Road. I will post pictures later. Very rewarding once you reach the top! Do it, you won't regret it!
    Peoria, AZ
    Explorer | 50 pts
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    Started off with this hike around 1pm today and it took me about about an hour and a half to get to the very top. Steep climb almost the whole way up and lots of big loose rocks that you have to navigate around. But towards the top it is rewarded with a panoramic view of the entire area including the ocean miles away and San Jancinto mountian to the North East. Great hike but make sure your in shape. If your not in shape this is not a good one for you but i highly recommend it to anyone who likes to hike
    Wildomar, CA
    Adventurer | 231 pts
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    We're a middle age group of Moms that just love this hike. It's a challenging and great workout. It's well marked and you can go to the summit or loop all the way around to the water tower. Tough but you get better every time you do it. It takes us about 1-1/2 hours or less to do it all the way around-4.2 miles.Well marked trails but uneven footing. You can see the ocean on a clear day. Watch your footing but don't forget to look at the view. :)
    San Diego, CA
    Adventurer | 222 pts
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    I had a meeting at the City of Poway, happened to have the dog in the truck and thought what better way to hide for an hour than to take this walk for the first time. It's a winner. Beautiful day, the sun's glimmering off the lake, people out fishing in their hire boats, young lads fishing off the rocks trying to catch that elusive trout et al. I recommend the northerly route to start - head left to pick up the trail either to the left of the concession store or from behind the City's workshop (they join up). This drops you down behind the dam and close to the camp leading into Blue Sky Ecological Preserve (no bikes in the Preserve, but allowed around this trail). Once you rise up to the level of the lake, it's right there beside you. I also recommend forgoing the last half of the hike that leads you up over and around (following the main trail), but take the right hand split to Pine Corner, rest for a bit on the seat under the shelter there, and then drop straight down the rocks from your seat to the lake level to pick up the singletrack that follows the edge of the lake, right back around to your starting point and the carpark. Enjoy. PS: Be wary of the numerous ticks and snakes on this trip once the weather starts warming up.
    Camp Pendleton, CA
    Pathfinder | 70 pts
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    I've never ridden this whole trail during the day, but it is an excellent
    night ride. Start near I-15 and ride west on fireroad, singletrack and a short paved section
    There are tons of little spur trails to explore on the first part of the ride. The best way to
    keep this trail interesting is to go full speed at night with only a light on your handlebars.
    That way the "tunnel vision" of your light beam limits your sight and keeps things interesting.
    The singletrack section close to the dam is the best part of this ride.

    Trail Information

    Lake Poway Park
    Nearby City
    Lake Poway Park
    Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
    Skill Level
    Boating, Fishing
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