Illustrations by Ashleigh Corrin
Moderate, Recreational runners in decent shape
2.7 miles round-trip
Good to Know
Not stroller friendly
Pay to park (non-Poway residents)
Start at the recreation center at 14644 Lake Poway Road and follow the dirt trail around the lake.
What to Instagram
The green hills reflected in the lake.
Why We Love It
Lake Poway is most commonly called the gateway to Mount Woodson Trail, better known as the Potato Chip Rock hike, but this loop is an easier alternative. It’s mostly flat, with a few steep places that will still give you a good workout.
Where to Refuel
At Wholly Crepe (14045 Midland Road), go for sweet crepes, like the Monkey Turtle with pecans, marshmallows, banana, whipped cream, and caramel and chocolate sauce; or savory, like the Southwest with garlic butter chicken, bacon, avocado, cheese, and chipotle sauce.