The peak that used to be known* as Mount Woodson can be hiked from two sides: either from the west, starting at Lake Poway (or if you’re more ambitious, from the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, which connects to Lake Poway), or from the east, off of Highway 67.
After our photographic morning stroll through the woodland of Los Osos Oaks State Natural Reserve, we drove to Montaña de Oro State Park to hike Valencia Peak.
Here are a few more photos from our Point Buchon Trail hike (previous entry: Point Buchon Stacks, with a bit more story). When we arrived and began to walk, it almost looked like the marine layer would burn off soon (first photo), but the clouds remained in place for almost the entire time of our hike, which was very pleasant.
During a more aimless wander in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness, I came upon what looked like a well worn in route, perhaps used by sheep, or coyotes… or both? I made a mental note of it and then later, traced it at home, marking it as a potential route for a hike to the “prominence point” of the Coyote Mountains Wilderness, which my friend Hans had made me aware of (he chose the approach from Fossil Canyon).