Mount Woodson is at Lake Poway, in Poway, CA. The hike to its summit takes about 2 hours each way. We didn't know it took that long when we started the hike last Sunday at around 10:30 am. We reached a point where we had about 2 more miles to go but we had already walked one hour and we had to go back because we had another chore to take care of. That is why this post is part 1, because I am determined to reach the summit another time, and that is going to be part 2. So for part 1 suffice it to show a picture of Lake Poway from along the trail on the way to the summit of Mt. Woodson. The scenes are spectacular as you can see, but of course there will be an even more rewarding scene at the top which will be deferred to part 2. Stay tuned.
Double Peak park is in San Elijo at San Marcos, CA. Today was a hot day with temperature near 90F. This was the first time we go to this trail at Double Peak. We started our hike upward on a very steep path and it took us about 20 minutes to reach the top. From up there, a nice view of the city of Marcos was in view. We started descending from the other side of the mountain, which took us to a nice view of a lake, I think it was San Marcos lake. Then we found ourselves at a blocked path with at least three different paths going different directions. The first one took us to a main road (San Elijo drive), and since we did not park the car there, we returned and took another path, which took us around the mountain, and I knew we were going the right direction as my GPS indicated, but since it was too hot and we ran out of water, we decided to return to the main road and find our way from there, which happened to be about 9 minutes walking on San Elijo drive to Double Peak drive where we parked our car. It took us about another fifteen minutes to reach the car finally. It was a good reminder that we should be grateful to have a home and a roof above our heads to protect us from the burning sun. After all we returned alive and that made us quite thankful in the end.