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Simply Excellent

My wife is an health nut and for her birthday, I thought it would be fun to fly from Texas to LA... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
Fort Worth, Texas
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There are two different trails you can take to get to this great spot.

I am a reserve park ranger at Lake Poway and would like hikers to know there are two different... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Jeffrey M
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“potato chips”(14 reviews)
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14644 Lake Poway Rd, Poway, CA 92064-1416
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

My wife is an health nut and for her birthday, I thought it would be fun to fly from Texas to LA for a three day weekend of adventure. We got the car and immediately headed to Potato Chip Rock. About 2 1/2 hours from...More

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Reviewed 1 week ago

I am a reserve park ranger at Lake Poway and would like hikers to know there are two different trails to reach Potato Chip Rock. One can take up to four hours and the other just two hours, so it can make a difference if...More

Thank Jeffrey M
Reviewed October 18, 2018

We put 'Cal Fire Ramona Fire Station #82' in our Waze app and that will get you to the spot to park. You park along the road and there is lots of space during the week. The trail is paved most of the way up...More

Thank OhSugarrush
Reviewed October 11, 2018

What a great photo op if you are with a second person. This is not an easy hike. Best for experienced hikers. Bring water and start early. You can start from Lake Poway or off Hwy 67. The 67 route can be about 2 miles...More

3  Thank PJHSanDiego
Reviewed September 24, 2018

Neat experience to say that you visited Potato Chip Rock, but the climb is not for the beginner or out of shape person. It is all up hill with no level ground trails until the top. Take plenty of water, stretch and enjoy a good...More

2  Thank Cody S
Reviewed September 18, 2018

We hiked up from the Visitor Centre at the lake, it was a pretty strenuous hike, with some steep pulls, but some great views on the way up. It was pretty hot, but the clear blue skies made for great photos. We didnt have to...More

Thank Tyke9
Reviewed September 2, 2018

I've wanted to hike up to this rock the last 3 times I was in San Diego, but never had time to squeeze it into my itinerary, but I finally did this last time around, and boy I'm glad I did! Not gonna lie, this...More

Thank mklynch06
Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

On an early Saturday morning before sunrise, finally started the hike with a couple of colleagues after so many trips to San Diego. Went for the shorter route via Ramona and parked the car along road 67. already many cars were there before 5:30am and...More

Thank andyt966
Reviewed September 1, 2018 via mobile

We loved it :) we parked at the street, to "hike" there was not too difficult and took maybe 30 to 40 mins. Not so sure about that. When we were there not too many people wanted to take their pictures. Take water with you....More

Thank Annika J
Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Get there early just before sunrise and it's your best bet for less people and great photos. We had a beautiful view and there were too many people. We went 30 minutes before sunrise and we're surprised people were already there! Wouldn't go any later...More

Thank NeverANumber
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Berenice S
August 6, 2018|
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Response from OCteazer | Reviewed this property |
Only the pavement trail on the Mt. Wilson entrance. It's still going uphill but it's good for stroller.
April 30, 2018|
Response from Deonna2 | Reviewed this property |
Personally, I wouldn’t. Cell service for us was spotty once we started to hike up the hills and nonexistent once we were near the rock formation. Also, it’s basically a path off of a main road, you park along the main road... More
April 29, 2018|
Response from elixirpost | Reviewed this property |
5:30 AM will be good if the parking is open. Weekdays parking is free. Weekdays crowd will be less. July can be very hot and make sure to apply sun screen and carry plenty of water since the trail is open with not much... More