I appreciated the open expanses and variety of places to veer off the trail for exploration. One drawback was the insane amount of dog poop, especially on the lower trail, despite the fact there are extra bag stations along the way. I picked up a few extra piles when my dogs did there business, but the place was a mess. I'll return, but maybe a different route next time.
I had never hiked here before and Google Maps took me to the fire road side. No problem; the road is pretty direct so it provided a good workout. Lots of cool, huge boulders along the way. Potato Chip Rock was fun and I enjoyed great views all the way out to downtown San Diego and the sunset over the Pacific Ocean. Met several people from Brazil, France and South Korea. Fun!
Climbed it a second time this year to get the class 3 summit block, which is somewhat hidden behind a building. Hit some nice boulders along the way, and Potato Chip Rock is always fun. Very busy on weekends.
Hiked up with Heather and Robbin from Lake Poway. It was crowded near potato chip rock and someone had a red wagon with a stereo playing Christmas music. We were pleased to find that the highest boulder had a make shift ladder leading up a short class 3 scramble. There were 4 bench markers.
I have completed this hike numerous times. It serves as a great training climb if you start from the Blue Sky Reserve and go up the Lake Poway route. It can also be ran if you don't feel like carrying a pack.
Hiked a few years ago. Really easy hike, lots of fun boulders up top.
We hiked beginning from Lake Poway, which allows free admission with military ID. It was in the high 70's and the trail was very dusty. There were some really nice views once you start getting towards the top. We went on the weekend and the trail was very crowded. I wouldn't do this hike again unless I was going during the week. There was a line of at least 80 people waiting to get on the "Potato Chip" once we got to that point, to give you an idea. Overall it was a decent workout and I got some good pictures.
Climb it weekly
I really dislike hiking on roads (especially paved ones), but had to tag the summit. Cool, huge boulders to look at along the way, though.
Great hike if you like to relax on giant boulders.
This one is not so hard....If you go on the asphalt road it goes straight up, no breaks, but it's not technical, just good pair of running shoes. Lots of sight seeing and photo oportunities. Summit is OK, gotta look for a good boulder to sit on and enjoy the view. Next time will try the climb from the lake.
Trail run from Lake Poway...Marine Layer blanketed the coast...beauty...fun switchbacks
I've done this several times. It's a good way to get in shape, and the scenery's not bad to look at either. From the top you can see downtown San Diego...on a clear day.
Nice hike. Good climbing. Fun for a couple hours out in the hills.
Nice Bouldering possibilities on way to summit. The summit is a little dissapointing however.
Climbed the back side from Highway 67 and mountain biked down to Poway Lake. Lots of fun.
Hiked to the actual summit once from Poway Lake, the paved road at the top along with all the radio towers convinced not to do it again. Been back many times for rock climbing though, did one of my first trad leads here. Robbin's crack is awesome, hope to lead it sometime soon.