Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker and picture taker. He created GetgoOutdoors.com with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.

Trailblazer

over 5 years ago

Challenging hike with spectacular summit views

I love this hike. It's one of the most challenging hikes I've done in San Diego, and also one of the most rewarding. It kept me working from trailhead to summit and back again, and it was worth every step. The views from the summit are spectacular. Just be sure to bring plenty of water. There's not much shade and you will need every last drop.

Trailblazer

over 5 years ago

Avoid going mid-summer, unless you're a masochist

This is one of those hikes that people should consider carefully before jumping in (pun intended). The hike in is not nearly as tough as the hike out. You will need every drip of water you take with you, and probably a bit more. Avoid going in the summer. Not only because we are in a drought and you're likely to run into dry falls, as I did, there is no shade on the hike out, which means you're resting in the beating sun. Not fun! This hike is not recommended for people who are out of shape.

Trailblazer

over 5 years ago

Unobstructed views in all directions

This is a fun hike with plenty of rewards at the end. Much less challenging hike than Woodson, which makes it very family and dog friendly. Just be sure to load up on water. There's not much shade up there.

Trailblazer

over 5 years ago

It's steep... both ways!

I'm a frequent visitor to Woodson, but until about a week ago I had yet to give the east route a try. I arrived on the summit early enough this time that I thought I could make it down and back up the east side quick enough to beat the heat. It was a serious challenge, but I did manage to beat the heat. The views are amazing and offer a completely different perspective of Iron Mountain. You also get an unobstructed view of the mountains to the east, views that are difficult to get from the summit. Not for the feint of hear, regardless of the approach you choose, but if you're training for endurance, do the out-and-back loop from one end to the other. You'll end up with a 12.5 mile quad busting round trip hike that will put just about anything else in the city of San Diego to shame.

My favorite hike for training

I love the hike to Woodson's Summit. One of the toughest hikes in the city, and also one of the most rewarding. I've been hiking Woodson since 2009 and have yet to have my picture taken on the chip. I'd rather slip past the crowds and shoot pics from the real summit a couple of hundred yards further up the hill.