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How to get to Potato Chip Rock, San Diego

Potato Chip Rock via Mount Woodson Trail

I've been eyeing this Potato Hike Trail in San Diego since April this year. I'm fascinated how people hike this trail for a rock. I would go for sunsets and sunrise but never for a rock however, it really spark my curiosity to see something new. We decided to drive to San Diego on a day where the weather said to stay at home and have a hot chocolate while reading a book. Let's go!

How to get there:

Potato Chip Rock, San Diego
Location: Mount Woodson Trail, Poway, CA 92064
Admission & Parking: 10 USD 

Route: Potato Chip Rock via Mount Woodson Trail
Distance:  7.5 miles (back and forth)
Duration: 3-4 hours (back and forth, depending on pace)
Highlights: A rock that looks like a potato chip

It started raining as we arrived in San Diego. We waited for the rain to slow down a little bit and made our way to the starting point. It was drizzling a little at the start of the hike then eventually stopped. We were worried that the trail would be slippery but we were all careful. Surprisingly, it wasn't that bad the first part of the hike was paved and grounded. 

We started the hike at Potato Chip Hike Start Point (Menifee Fit Club) where you get to see the beautiful Lake Poway going to the trail. 

First sign that will lead you to the right direction.

It's a moderate to hard climb depending on your fitness level. This is a good exercise for those who want a challenge as the trail continuously ascends all the way to the top. 

This never fails to amaze me. Imagine a world where we can create spider’s webs to filter trash in the ocean. 

Always keep in mind to follow the signs to Mt. Woodson Trail. The group split into two as the first group hiked fast with their dog and as we took our time climbing up the mountain.


I found another rock creature again; this time around it looked like a whale. So guys don't litter! Clean up your own mess.

As we climb higher the temperature got cooler and we saw a cloud of mist enveloping the mountain. The visibility was clear so we proceeded with the hike. 

This is a new kind of hike for my husband and I'm glad we get to experience a different kind of hike this time. It's always sunny and hot in California; most of our hikes are under the scorching heat of the sun. A change of scenery was very refreshing. 

The mountain always looks different after the rain. It looked mysterious. It makes you think more of what's behind the curtain of mist on the other side of the rock. 

 The Potato Rock wasn't visibly clear from a distance. I don't mind as I enjoyed the hike more than getting to the rock. 

When we got there a guy got into an accident, instead of slowly making his way down the rock he hopped down and broke his ankle. Good thing, there's a shorter route from the Potato Chip Rock to the main road where it's more accessible for the medics. 

Hiking tip: Invest in a great pair of hiking boots.  We love our Columbia boots and have no regrets.

Always practice safety first especially when it just rained and everything is slippery.

Going back you just follow the same route. Make sure to get back on the same trail towards Lake Powell Parking Lot. 

Keep going!

As we descended the sky was brighter and the mountain was clearer. We saw what we're missing all this time. The beautiful mountains of San Diego woke us up with a happy good morning vibes. 

Another find a rock shaped like a human head or a monkey's skull.

We took it easy as we watched the rocks and trees on our way down.

One more look!

Right there!

We got lost here and went to the other side facing the lake. This point here goes back to the Parking Lot. 

Always take time to enjoy the scenery. My husband and I stayed here for a while as we waited for our friends to catch up with us. 

Our hiking shoes made such a difference. I didn't slip at all. Even my tripper hubby made it in one piece. After hiking all these years I strongly believe in investing on good hiking shoes. My favorite hiking shoes so far is my Columbia shoes, not because we are an amazon affiliate, that came later but the durability and ankle support it provides. It's lightweight and breathable. We simply found our hiking angels in a different form. 

I really like the fact that it rained that day before our hiked even if the trail was a bit slippery. The misty mountains reminded of my summit climbs back in Asia. 

Have fun and be safe ^__^
Itinerary Reminders:

1. Flight Details
Make sure to write down your booking reference number, be at the airport two hours before your flight and allocate time for your travel to the airport.

2. Accommodation Details
Write down your hotel/motel/resort/bnb booking number. Contact your place to inform them around when you'll be arriving — it really does help.  Also, ask if your accommodation has any discounted activities.  You'd be surprised!

3a. Transportation
List possible times your bus/train/boat arrives and leaves so you don't miss an activity.  Always give yourself an extra 30-45 minutes in case you get lost, get stuck in traffic, or are looking for parking.  Better early than late.  Of utmost importance: check for the last trip and fares!  So you still have time and money to get back.

3b. Car Rentals
Take note of your pick-up address and time allotted.  Our last car rental told us to bring the car back by a certain time with a certain amount of gas.  Allot money for fuel and parking.

4. Budgeting
Set aside a minimum and maximum spending amount for: meals, transportation, entrance fees, activities, souvenirs and emergencies.  3 meals a day + snacks adds up quickly, so keep track!  As well as tips for restaurants and activities.

5. Activities
Call to confirm your booking(s) a day or so beforehand.  Set alarms and/or calendar reminders for things you plan to do (i.e- bungee-jumping, river-rafting, or even city / food tours).

Do you want more adventure?
If you still have one more day to spare why not go Hike Los Liones Trailhead to Parker Mesa Overlook, California.

Where am I going next?
My next adventure is Travelling to Europe for 2 weeks: Art Class in Paris, France then getting on a Hot air balloon ride at Sienna, Italy and relaxing by the beach at Amalfi, Coast with a side trip to Rome, Italy before flying back home.

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