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Potato Chip Rock. Photo by californiathroughmylens.com

TRAIL NAME: Mount Woodson Trail to Potato Chip Rock

HIKE DATE: Saturday, May 14, 2016

MEETING TIME: 7:30am – 7:50am
(Please be on time so we can leave the meeting point at approx. 7:50am)
Return Approx: 1:00pm

HIKE LEAD:  Luis Salazar

HIKE LEVELLevel 6  (Moderate with plenty of continuous uphill gain to the peak)

WHAT IS A HIKING LEVEL?:
Find out more about hiking levels here:
https://latrailhikers.com/about/hike-levels/

HIKE RSVP:
https://www.facebook.com/latrailhikers/events

HIKE DISTANCE: 8 miles (approx. round trip)

HIKE DURATION: 4 to 4.5 hours (approx.)

MEETING POINT:
The New Mercado Shopping Center (Parking Lot)
17030 Bernardo Center Dr.
San Diego, CA 92128

We’ll be driving together to the hiking trail head from here, which is about 11 mins away.

PARKING: There will be an $8.00 (cash) fee for parking at the trail head.

HIKE WALKTHROUGH: Potato Chip Rock is located at the peak of Mount Woodson in Poway, California. The hike is approximately 8 miles roundtrip, and during the summer months, it is recommended to start early in the morning due to Poway’s hot desert climate. The first half of the trail is pretty much an uphill climb, where you’ll find the Potato Chip Rock at the very top. Don’t be surprised if you find a line of people waiting to take their picture on this popular rock! Then, you’ll descend the same trail on your way down. Obviously, you’ll find that going down is a lot faster than going up the trail. Once you get to the top of the mountain, Potato Chip Rock offers an unforgettable background to take pictures. It looks like you’re on the ledge of a cliff (which you basically are). The views and scenery from the top of the mountain are epic! Definitely bring your camera. Also, the uphill climb is challenging for even experienced hikers, so bring plenty of water. (Description as noted by gohikeit.com)

WATER REQUIRED. WATER CHECK WILL BE PERFORMED. If you do not take enough water or are not appropriately equipped for this hike, you will be turned away from doing this hike with us even if you show up. Please note, that we have expectations for Level 6 hikers. Read all the details.

REQUIREMENTS: WATER (at least 1.5 to 2 liters or three 20oz water bottles), 2 liters recommended. Comfortable hiking/sports shoes with good grip. Bring a hat and any other sun gear.

RECOMMENDED:  A good snack and comfortable walking shoes.  Try to pack lightly as you’ll be using plenty of your energy getting to the top and coming back down the trail. Have a light breakfast prior to the hike.

IS IT DOG-FRIENDLY?:  Yes,  experienced/friendly. Dogs must be on a leash. You must pick up after and carry water for your pet.

ONLINE RESOURCES:

HOW DO I PARTICIPATE WITH THE GROUP ON THIS HIKE?
1. Read the Hike’s Details we link at the very top of this page.
2. Make sure that the Hike Level accommodates your hiking experience.
3. If, and only if it suits you, then RSVP for this event and show up the day of the hike with all necessary gear and water (we mention everything you need on the details page for this hike).

MY FRIEND SAID I CAN DO THIS HIKE, I SHOULD BE ABLE TO DO IT, RIGHT?
We take your safety quite seriously, and would not like for you to attend a hike you’re not ready for.  You know your body and hiking experience better than your friends. Whether you are a first-timer or an experienced hiker, please read our hike details page as the hike may not suite your experience level. We have a better experience if every hike has hikers of the intended level.

DISCLAIMER: LA Trail Hikers and its Leads/Organizers/Participants do not take responsibility for any harm,bodily injury, accidents, or damage to personal property. By clicking “Attending,” or attending the hike, you confirming that you understand that all outdoor activity such as hiking, backpacking, and trekking have an associated danger, and will not hold any hike lead/organizer, participant, LA Trail Hikers, or any group associated pet responsible for any hazard to your well being. Additionally, you will not be allowed to participate with the group if you are not adequately prepared with enough water and the right gear/equipment/nutrition essential to complete the hike. You are fully responsible for yourself.

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