Ascent of Woodson Mountain on 2018-05-28

Climber: Jeffrey Swain

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Monday, May 28, 2018
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Woodson Mountain
    Elevation:2894 ft / 882 m

Ascent Trip Report

It was a typical May Gray Day as I started the Fry-Koegel Trail to the top of Mt. Woodson. The trailhead is cleverly disguised outside the gates of the Mt. Woodson Golf Club. You will need to park on Hwy 67 near Archie Moore Road. The trailhead will be on the left as you approach the golf course, marked by a fence. A vertical sign says Fry-Koegel Trail. There is also a sign that says "No Golfcarts." The trail follows a pair of split-rail fences past the golf course, and soon a residential area. There are areas where gardens have extended into the "wild" area on the left-hand side of the trail. Of particular are a cactus garden and, later, an area with bird houses and bird feeders. Beyond that point, the trail leads into a scrub-oak forest for a while, the breaks out of the canopy to typical chaparral. There are plenty of trail signs, but generally len to the left. You will see to peak of Mt. Woodson and the antennas and dishes on top. At some point, you will come to the Poway Lake Trail. Go left toward the peak. You will see the iconic Potato Chip Rock, and the multitudes who have descended upon it. The actual high point of Mt. Woodson seems to be a giant, smooth boulder, which seems to be inside the fencing of the antenna garden at the top. There are no facilities on top. No water. No restrooms. If you want, you can follow the paved road back to Hwy. 67 and your car. Otherwise, you can just turn around and go down the way you came up. My hike time was slowed greatly by the many colorful wildflowers, scrub jays, squirrels, and lizards along the way. Toward the bottom, I actually saw a robin menacing a cottontail hear the end of the trail. Follow my adventures on Facebook. Does anybody know how to feed GAIA data into this site?
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The Fry-Koegel Trail is one of four trailheads leading to Mount Woodson (2018-05-29). Photo by Jeffrey Swain.
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Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:2465 ft / 751 m
    Total Elevation Loss:2465 ft / 751 m
    Round-Trip Distance:7.2 mi / 11.5 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Gear Used:
Ski Poles
    Weather:Pleasant, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:2465 ft / 751 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 1178 ft / 359 m; Extra: 1287 ft / 392m
    Loss on way in:1287 ft / 392 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Fry-Koegel Trail
    Start Trailhead:Fry-Koegel Trailhead  1716 ft / 523 m
    Time:3 Hours 57 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:1178 ft / 359 m
    Distance:3.6 mi / 5.8 km
    Route:Fry-Koegel Trail
    End Trailhead:Fry-Koegel  1716 ft / 523 m
    Time:3 Hours 57 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip

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