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Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
500.00 ft (152.40 m)
Trail type
Loop
Distance
2.50 mi (4.02 km)
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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.

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Winter
Spring
Fall
Summer

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

Park entrance fee

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Scenic views of Lake Poway. Wildflowers. Fishing.

Cons

None.

Trailhead Elevation

950.00 ft (289.56 m)

Highest point

1,200.00 ft (365.76 m)

Features

Family friendly
Near lake or river
Wildflowers
Fishing
Big vistas
Shelters
Bird watching
Vault toilet
Backcountry camping

Typically multi-day

No

Permit required

No

Location

Field Guide

Nearby Lodging + Camping

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