Parking is available at Lake Poway. Take the Lake Poway Trail segment counterclockwise around the lake to the Mt. Woodson Trail trailhead at 0.9 miles. The sign at the trailhead indicates that Mt. Woodson Trail is ahead 1.0 miles, however, the trail signs along the way imply that Mt. Woodson Trail begins at Lake Poway Trail.

The ridge is reached at 0.6 miles, which is also the junction of the Fry-Koegel Trail and a junction of a spur trail to the west. The spur is about 100 yards in length and leads to a viewpoint. Mt. Woodson Trail continues to the right, passes Potato Chip Rock which is to the left, to the summit.

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