"Native Americans called it “Mountain of Moonlit Rocks,” an appropriate name for a landmark visible, even at night, over great distances. Early white settlers dubbed it “Cobbleback Peak,” a name descriptive of its rugged, boulder-strewn slopes. For more than 100 years, however, it has appeared on maps simply as “Woodson Mountain,” in honor of a Dr. Woodson who homesteaded some property nearby well over a century ago. The light-colored granitic bedrock of Woodson Mountain and several of its neighboring peaks in the Poway/Ramona area is a type geologists call Woodson Mountain granodiorite. When exposed at the surface, it weathers into huge, spherical or ellipsoidal boulders with smooth surfaces. The largest boulders have a tendency to cleave apart along remarkably flat planes, forming chimneys from several inches to several feet wide. Sometimes, one half of a split boulder will roll away, leaving a vertical and almost seamless face behind. It’s no wonder that Woodson Mountain (or Mount Woodson, as it is popularly called) is regarded as one of the finest places to practice the sport of bouldering in Southern California." Read more
"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 summer days, hike in the early morning or late afternoon." Read more
"Local American Indians called it Mountain of Moonlit Rocks in their language, an appropriate moniker for a landmark visible, even at night, from great distances. Later, settlers dubbed it Cobbleback Peak, a name utterly descriptive of its rugged, boulder-strewn slopes.
But for more than a century, the peak has appeared on maps simply as Woodson Mountain, after Confederate doctor Marshall Clay Woodson, who homesteaded at its foot in 1875. Today, Woodson Mountain is a local landmark, renowned among rock climbers all over Southern California, as well as among local hikers, who are able to ascend the peak from a variety of directions." Read more
"The native Kumeyaay people called it Mountain of Moonlit Rocks, an appropriate name for a landmark visible, even at night, over great distances. Early white settlers dubbed it Cobbleback Peak, a name utterly descriptive of its rugged, boulder-strewn slopes. For the past 100 years, however, it has appeared on maps simply as Woodson Mountain, in honor of a Dr. Woodson who homesteaded some property nearby well over a century ago." Read more
"This more challenging hike to Woodson Mountain’s summit (compared to the east approach) takes you through a veritable obstacle course of gigantic boulders. The variety of shapes is amazing, from smooth and rounded to angular or shattered. Begin at the grassy picnic area on southwest shore of Lake Poway, and follow either of two wide trails southeast (they soon join together). After skirting the south shore and dipping to cross Warren Canyon, you come to a trail junction at 0.8 mile. Turn right on the signed Mount Woodson Trail and climb east on a steep grade through sage scrub and chaparral. The white-flowering ceanothus, occurring in dense patches, comes into full bloom hereabouts around March." Read more