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14 January

Fun Hikes in San Diego

Potato Chip Rock

It’s all about the photo opp here. Okay, not totally, but the death-defying “Potato Chip Rock” can be held responsible for bringing hordes of hikers to Mount Woodson just to snap a pic on the sliver of granite rock hovering over San Diego. The hike itself is strenuous and should be started early in the day. It begins around Lake Poway, and quickly steepens straight to the top with little relief. Ample water and snacks are recommended. The hike is 6.4 miles long round trip, there are several paths up to the top, making for varying length of trails.

Torrey Pines State Park

Torrey Pines is one of the best places to see the beautiful endangered trees it was named after. Depending on the trail you choose, hikes at this park are between 1 and 2 miles long. In the winter, you might spot Gray Whales or bottlenose dolphins throughout the year.

Iron Mountain

Don’t let the name intimidate you. In Poway, this boulder-lined trail is manageable for most hiking levels, making it ultra-popular on weekends. While it begins flat, the climb creeps into the eastern mountains and rewards hikers with panoramic vistas. Pack your sunscreen; little shade is offered. To increase difficulty, additional trails are optional throughout the way to other peaks.Its about 5.8 miles long and is a moderate level.

Cedar Creek Falls to Devils Punch Bowl

With one of the most spectacular destination points, the Cedar Creek Falls Trail also comes with a precautionary warning. Devil’s Punchbowl – the swimming hole at the end of the trail – has witnessed multiple deaths over the years from cliff jumpers. A massive waterfall pours into the natural pool, surrounded by 75-foot cliffs. On this trail, the way down is easy, but it’s the way back that’s uphill. Note: Guests need to purchase a $6 pass prior to visiting. This is hard leveled hike and has a length of 4.2 miles.

 

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