Mount Woodson Trail

Lake Poway Park, California

Distance2.6mi
Elevation Gain1,942ft
Trailhead Elevation2,725ft
Top2,725ft
Elevation Min/Max1021/2725ft
Elevation Start/End2725/2725ft

Mount Woodson Trail

Mount Woodson Trail is a hiking trail in Poway, California. It is within Lake Poway Park. It is 2.6 miles long and begins at 2,725 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,942 feet. The Potato Chip Rock is near the trailhead. This trail connects with the following: Fry-Koegel Trail, Warren Canyon Trail and Lake Poway Trail.

Mount Woodson Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

"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."

"Outsize boulders pepper the slopes of this wild-looking mountain. Topside views are some of the broadest in San Diego."

"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."

"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."

Mount Woodson Trail Reviews

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6/12/2010
This was an Amazing trail. We started from the Ramona Fire Station. We have done many of the SD trails and this was by far my favorite. Perfect day!
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1/29/2010
Took the trail around from hwy 67 that goes up the west side. The service road is too steep to take going both ways.
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9/3/2009
This is great information - I amtrying to be more of an outdor person and this information is very helpful
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9/1/2009
I love this hike. It's challenging, but very rewarding when you get to the top. Beautiful vistas of Ramona and the Cuyamaca Mountains (Cleveland National Forest). Awesome sunsets with view of the coast on clear day. Pet friendly - leashed.
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12/6/2008
Surprisingly, best views before you reach the top. Very pretty vistas on a clear day. Good exercise. Can be strenuous if you're not use to inclines.
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Trail Information

Lake Poway Park
Nearby City
Lake Poway Park
Parks
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level

Activity Feed

Sep 2018