Lake Poway has multiple trails with numerous connecting trails, some trails are by the lake and some trails are on the hills above the lake. The longest trail is the 2.7 mile Lake Poway Loop Trail, easiest when hiking clockwise around the lake to avoid at the end of the hike the steep climb from the bottom of the dam. Most of the trails are unnamed.

Lake Poway trails connect to the several other trails, including Espola Trail, Avocado Trail Link, Warren Canyon Trail and Blue Sky Trail.