Top Adventures in Poway

  • Catch a Sunset at Twin Peaks Mountain

    Start by parking at Silverset Park. You will see the trail head for Twin Peaks just behind the park. Park outside of the park if you think you'll be staying past sunset, as the park gates close at dark! Once you spot the trail head, veer left to t...

    2 miles

  • Relax at Lake Poway

    It costs $5 to enter the park and they are open 6am to sunset everyday. There is plenty of parking and this park is huge! This place has so many outdoor recreational activities such as fishing, hiking, running, archery, feeding ducks, or just havi...

  • Hike Mount Woodson & Potato Chip Rock

    Mt. Woodson is located in Poway's most eastern region and is one of San Diego's most popular and most iconic hiking trails. Known for its grand photo opportunistic "Potato Chip Rock", Mt. Woodson is a 7.5mi out-and-back trail with amazing vistas, ...

    7.5 miles 900 ft gain

  • Hike around Goodan Ranch

    Starting at the Sycamore Canyon Trail head, you will see the sign and gate that leads to Goodan Ranch. Head down the gravel road for 1.1 miles, until you reach a 3-way directional split. Heading straight for another .5 miles will take you directly...

    3 miles

  • Explore Chambers Hidden Dam and Waterfall

    Once you get off on Poway road, turn right onto Sabre Springs Parkway. Take your immediate left onto Creekbridge Road and park right there on the hill. Walk straight down towards the black gate and go down the hill. Turn right on the trail and wal...

    0.5 miles

  • Day Hike Iron Mountain

    Iron Mountain is the longest wilderness trail in Poway, CA. The parking lot is free and provides bathroom and water fountain amenities. The distance from the parking area to the summit is approximately 3.2 miles. Beginning with a wide smooth trail...

    6.4 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve

    Starting at the trail head where you park your car, head south along the Green Valley Truck Trail. After less than a mile, you will notice the city and noise start to fade behind you, and a beautiful sight of towering oaks, willows, and sycamores ...

    5 miles 1000 ft gain

  • Hike the Nighthawk Trail Black Mountain Loop

    The Nighthawk Trail / Black Mountain Loop is a great alternative to Torrey Pines that is slightly less crowded. If you choose to hike this trail at night, the city lights are relatively romantic.  Bring lots of extra water and consider grabbing a ...

    5.5 miles 1268 ft gain

  • Hike up Black's Mountain in San Diego

    Starting at the trail head at the end of Oviedo way, you will see a power line on top of the small hill across from the rec center, which is the start of the South Point View Trail. Follow this trail about a mile until you see a sign for the 'Litt...

    5.5 miles 1554 ft gain

  • Hike the Lake Miramar Trail

    The Lake Miramar Trail allows dogs on leash. This is a great location for trail runners looking to do some training or for parents with younger children.  This trail is accessible year-round, but is best used in the mornings or late evenings durin...

    4.9 miles 173 ft gain

  • Hike Miner's Ridge Loop Trail to Black Mountain Peak

    The Miner's Ridge Loop Trail is relatively mild 4.5 mile out-and-back loop that takes you to the 1554 foot summit of Black Mountain Peak.Even from the parking lot, the views to the east are stunning. Get there early in the morning on a clear day, ...

  • Hiking Mount Woodson's East Approach

    Mount Woodson is a well know hiking trail in San Diego County. It is know for its breath taking views and the famous potato chip rock. The Trail on the east side of the Mountain is fairly steep but is about half the distance of the trail on the w...

    4 miles

  • Nearby camping, hotels, and more

    • Encinitas, California

      Outsite // San Diego

      Outsite Grandview is located on Lorraine Drive, with a coworking space offering panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. There are 3 private rooms, 3 shared rooms and 2 bathrooms in this house. There’...

      From $60/night

    • Chula Vista, California

      San Diego Metro KOA

    • Valley Center, California

      Chandelier Springs Stream

      Perfect summer backcountry campsite. Long, difficult hike, very private.

      From $75/night

    • Valley Center, California

      Chandelier Springs

      Remote and picturesque campsite surrounded by Manzanita, Sage, and Live Oak trees. Hiking on property includes trails through a year round stream with waterfalls. World class biking opportunities. ...

      From $130/night

    • Palomar Mountain, California

      Fry Creek Campground

      Overview Fry Creek Campground is situated in the heart of Cleveland National Forest, uniquely located down the road from the world-famous Palomar Observatory. The fresh, clean air of the campground...

    • Palomar Mountain, California

      Observatory Campground

      Overview Science buffs and families are drawn to Observatory Campground for its proximity to the Palomar Observatory, a world-class center of astronomy research operated by the California Institute...

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