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HIKED THE LAKE POWAY TRAIL for the first time between 10am and 12 noon today. I quickly found out this was probably not the best time to go, it was 104 F degrees out there. Even though I had a day pack with cooled gel reservoir the heat was just intense and it started affecting me towards the end of the hike.
TIP: Bring lots of water! And if you have plastic bottles, freeze them overnight. If you have a reservoir pack fill it with ice in addition to water. I think the micro-climate conditions around the lake are such that this place just gets HOT!
Of course this was my first time, so I’ll have to try again on another day.
Other than the heat, this was a fun hike. On the map it looks kinda flat, but the terrain is quite hilly. I started going right from the trailhead (going counter clockwise around the lake) and didn’t expect that first long hill. After you go down around the other side of the lake it is pretty much flat.
There’s the trail to go to Mt. Woodson somewhere on the right. That’ll be for another day. Once I got to the dam area I noticed you couldn’t walk on it, and the trail takes you past it and you begin to descend on a series of switchbacks that take you down to the trail leading to the Blue Sky Ecological Reserve. You walk right in front of the dam and then take a series of switchbacks back up and past the dam and back to park area.
There’s a sign at the entrance booth that says parking is $5, but the booth was closed, so I’m assuming it’s FREE during the week, and perhaps you pay during the weekends.
Anyway, decent hike. I’m more partial to Lake Miramar because I’ve been going there for years, but it was nice to finally hike around Lake Poway for a change.
Will be back again soon…
Remember: Bring lots of iced water, a hat and sunscreen.