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Lake Poway Trail

San Diego Metro Area, California

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Lake Poway Trail

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  • View of the trailhead.- Lake Poway Trail
  • There are picnic tables by the trailhead.- Lake Poway Trail
  • View of Lake Poway from the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • View of Lake Poway and the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • There are several places to take a break along the way.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Lake Poway is a great place to go bird watching.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Lake Poway Dam.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Wildflowers blooming along the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • A lizard warming up in the sun.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Wildflowers blooming near the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • View of Lake Poway from the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • View of Lake Poway from the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • View of the boat dock at Lake Poway.- Lake Poway Trail
  • Lake Poway is an ideal place to go fishing.- Lake Poway Trail
  • View of the trail as it loops around the lake.- Lake Poway Trail
  • View of Lake Poway from the trail.- Lake Poway Trail
  • View of Lake Poway Loop Trail.- Lake Poway Trail
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Scenic views of Lake Poway. Wildflowers. Fishing.
Cons: 
None.
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Region:
San Diego Metro Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Pets allowed: 
Yes, with restrictions
Highest point: 
1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)
Year round: 
Yes
Parking Pass: 
Park entrance fee
Permit required: 
No
Preferable Season(s):
Winter, Spring, Fall, Summer
Total Distance: 
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
Total elevation gain: 
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Trail type: 
Loop
Trailhead Elevation: 
950.00 ft (289.56 m)
Typically multi-day: 
No
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Hike Description

Hike Description

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Lake Poway Loop is a moderately hard trail that navigates the perimeter of Lake Poway. The trail may be accessed from either the parking lot of Lake Poway Recreation Area or via a short connecting path from the neighboring Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. Near the junction of these two trails is a primitive campground that is open to equestrians and backpackers alike.

Sections of the trail are very steep with winding switchbacks, but they are interspersed with gentler hills. There are tables, a picnic shelter, and restrooms located alongside the trail. Lake Poway is also a popular fishing destination, and there are several fishing areas just off the path. Hikers often choose Lake Poway Loop Trail as a starting point for lengthier hikes too. The trail intersects with the western end of the famous Mount Woodson Trail to Potato Chip Rock and the Fry-Koegel Trail.

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