20 Mar 2013
This past weekend Drew and I went to San Diego to celebrate our friend’s recent engagement <3 On Saturday evening we enjoyed some of the best sushi we have ever had at Harney Sushi (check in on Yelp or FourSquare for a FREE small sake!), and on Sunday, once everyone was up and running, we went out for brunch at Hob Nob Hill, which was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. It was absolutely delicious and they serve complimentary coffee! Gotta love that.
After debating various activities for us to embark on that afternoon, our friends settled on taking us to hike to the famous “Potato Chip,” which is a super thin slab of rock that, you guessed it, looks like an awesome, giant potato chip! The Potato Chip sits atop Mount Woodson, which is about 40 minutes North East of San Diego.
There are 2 different routes you can take when hiking to the potato chip. The longer route has you park at Lake Poway Park, which costs $4, and makes for an 8 mile loop along a dirt trail(map). The other route, the one we took, has you park along the shoulder of CA-67, near the Hedy Drive intersection, and makes for a slightly shorter loop on a paved trail (map). This route also offers opportunities to rock climb and boulder, which the other route does not provide. You can find excellently detailed driving instructions and rock climbing tips here.
Once we parked, we grabbed our bouldering gear, water and snacks and hiked for about a mile before we reached the actual trail head. Hiking to the Potato Chip is a pretty strenuous hike, we were fine, but we definitely passed some unhappy campers. Make sure to bring along sunscreen or a hat, and plenty of water and snacks. Clif Bars and KIND Bars rock! Although we did make note that Pringles would be highly appropriate for this hike
Getting to the top can take anywhere from 1-2 hours, depending. Once you reach the top, you will notice a meaty collection of satellite towers, don’t give them too much attention though. If you take the route that we did, go to the left of these towers, climb atop any of the numerous boulders presented and enjoy the view. The landscape is unusual and completely breathtaking, it’s what I imagine BedRock would look like in real life lol.
Continuing along the path, which veers down and to the right, you will find yourself face-to-face with the famed Potato Chip rock! If you go on a clear, San Diego weekend, there might be a little bit of a line to get on the Chip , but it’s really just another chance to take in the awesomeness that surrounds you.
We had no idea that the Potato Chip was going to be as cool, and intimidating, as it was! Originally I was set on doing a solo headstand until I got up there and realized that the Chip was tilted and the wind was mega strong. I opted for a supported head stand and then Drew and I hopped on the edge of the chip to hang ten and chill in the breeze. The Potato Chip is literally 2-inches thick along the edge, so thin that you can hear your footsteps echo! Weird feeling.
Hiking down the trail is definitely a lot easier, and faster too. We thoroughly enjoyed our hike to the Potato Chip and recommend that you put it on your must-do list the next time you are in San Diego, we are definitely glad we did!