Woodson Mountain—West Approach Trail

Poway, California

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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.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

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.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Poway
Distance: 6.8
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 4.5 hours
Season: November through May
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Lake Poway Recreation Area
Local Maps: USGS Escondido, San Pasqual
Driving Directions: Directions to Woodson Mountain—West Approach Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/12/2010
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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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