Mount Woodson West Approach

Ten photos from a hike to Mount Woodson. I took the west approach, beginning the hike at Lake Poway. This is a longer, but much nicer router than the east approach from Highway 67. Once past the recreational areas of Lake Poway, it’s a pretty good ascend and the trail is really beautiful higher up, winding through low-growing chaparral, which is still recovering from the massive 2007 wildfire in the area. On the 100 Peaks list, this is peak number 48.

Near the summit, the broken granitic rock commonly called “Potato Chip Rock” has become something like a landmark and local attraction. An insane amount of antennas sits atop the summit, which is unfortunate of course, because it’s otherwise a beautiful peak, with its gigantic granitic boulders.

I started my hike in the early afternoon and it was a clear blue day. Not exactly the most favorable conditions for photos of course, and after completing the hike I still had some daylight left, despite days still being rather short in February. I could have started later and get better light, but for a first attempt, it was okay. :-) Not considering photography but just from a hiking perspective, I’d probably begin in the early morning, when the sun is still to the east and the trail is in partial shade, which is otherwise rare.

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