Jun 25 – Hike at Mount Woodson on Fry-Koegel Trail (Ramona)
If you want to try a harder hike, this is it. Up Mnt. Woodson in Poway along the scenic Fry-Koegel trail. This nice but less used trail is easier than starting from Poway Lake and goes through Oak woods and high bush Oak Scrub along the north side of Woodson. Later it merges into the open main trail from Poway Lake to finish 1 mile going up and passing by potato chip rock onto the top, a 3.75 mile route.
For the way down we can take the shorter, but steep, service road with stops for rock scrambles along the way, 2.2 miles. Or, we can go back the same trail as the way up.
Round trip; ~5.75 miles the short way or 7.5 miles longer way, with a 1200 ft change, time ~5-6 hours. Leashed dogs (with water) are ok.
What to bring: Wear suitable good hiking footwear -shoes are ok, appropriate hiking clothing for the weather, small snack, and 1-2 liters of water/drinks (3L if hot)(for dogs too), sunscreen, hat, binoculars.
Meet: 9:00 AM, park along Hwy 67 southbound (Woodson side), south of Archie Moore Rd., just after the long curved guard rail running along 67. Trail access is there. You can do a (careful) U-turn at Archie Moore road to come back in south direction to park.
Directions (2 ways): 1) From Hwy 56 or south areas, get up to Hwy 67 as if going towards Ramona. When passing by the Woodson car parking area take a left on Archie Moore Rd (past Woodson hikers parking). U-turn and come back hwy 67 to park on shoulder after guard rail.
2) From Escondido going south I-15, exit West Bernardo Dr/Pomerado Rd. Go right, east, crossing the bridge of I-15 and then left onto Highland Valley Rd. Follow the curvy road 10 miles uphill until passing Mt Woodson Elementary School. Then a right turn onto Archie Moore Rd. and follow to Hwy 67. Right onto 67 to park on shoulder after guard rail.
Info text/call: Vinnie R. 858-231-7722
Hike Mnt. Woodson on Fry-Koegel Trail (Ramona side)
Sat., Jun 25, 2022, 9:00 AM
Meet at GPS: 33.01116 , -116.95451