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Hike Mt. Woodson to the Potato Chip.... and Picnic for the survivors!

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Nov 09 9:00AM - 1:00PM

ABOUT THE HIKE: This is the famous so called "Potato Chip Hike" to the 3000 foot summit of Mt. Woodson in San Diego County. Mt. Woodson was known to the native Americans as "The Mountain of the Moonlit Rock" which describes the white granite and the sliver of rock known as the Potato Chip. The trail gains 2000 feet in about 3.3 miles, which means that it is steep. Trail descriptions differ, indicating a round trip distance of[masked] miles and round trip hiking times of 3 to 5 hours. The trail head is at the upper Lake Poway parking lot. The trail begins along the west shore of the lake and continues as a clearly marked fire road in an almost relentless ascent with little shade. Narrowing into a path through boulders and chaparral, the views expand from El Cajon to Del Mar, including downtown San Diego and Mission Bay. The goal is of course the Potato Chip, a long flake of granite, that protrudes out over thin air - providing a great photo opportunity for the daring! Please be aware that getting on/off the chip is dangerous. Please note the event DISCLAIMER and understand that hike leader(s) accept no responsibility for your safety in your decision to attempt this hazardous activity. We return the same route to our picnic in the park.

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ABOUT THE PICNIC: This is a potluck so please bring appetizers to share. BYOB (beverage).... this may be a non-alcohol picnic area so we will exercise adult discretion and our Fifth Amendment rights against self-incrimination. The table(s) in the Lake Poway Recreation Area available for our picnic celebration will be accessible from the UPPER parking area.

ADDITIONAL NOTES: There is no water and little shade on this challenging trail, so bring plenty of water for the hike. Dogs are allowed on this trail.

DIRECTIONS: From Orange County, take the 5 Freeway South, the 78 Freeway East, and the 15 Freeway South. Exit at Rancho Bernardo Road turning left off of the freeway. Rancho Bernardo becomes Espola Road. Just past the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve, turn left on Lake Poway Road into the Lake Poway Recreation Area parking lot. This is a Poway City Park area, with a $10 parking fee for non-residents. There are restrooms in the Visitor Center in this parking area. We will meet near the trailhead in the UPPER parking areas.

DISCLAIMER: Group organizer and assistant organizers assume no liability; hike at your own risk. By being a member of this group you hereby agree to assume all risks and liability related to or resulting from any group functions. You agree that neither you nor any third party will hold any of the group's leaders, officers, or representatives liable for any injury, loss, or damage to your own person or any members of your family, friends, acquaintances, children, pets, or property, arising directly or as a consequence from a group activity. You also agree that your membership of this group is based on an "at will" basis.

How to find us:We will meet at the trailhead in the UPPER parking area.

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