Woodson Mountain—East Approach Trail

Poway, California

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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.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Poway
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 1,500 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 hours
Season: October through June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lake Poway Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS San Pasqual
Driving Directions: Directions to Woodson Mountain—East Approach Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

1/29/2010
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Took the trail around from hwy 67 that goes up the west side. The service road is too steep to take going both ways.


9/3/2009
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This is great information - I amtrying to be more of an outdor person and this information is very helpful


9/1/2009
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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.


12/6/2008
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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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