Top things to do in Poway, CA // Visiting and hiking around Lake Poway // San Diego Travel Guide (2023)


In this video, I am taking you through what you can do in Poway-specifically at Lake Poway. I take you through a relaxing Sunday afternoon spent with my family! We have a nice picnic and enjoy an easy hike around the lake.

Poway actually has a ton of cool things like the Poway skatepark and the railroad park in Poway along with many other hikes like potato chip rock.

Let me know in the comments if you have been here!

Outdoor Hygiene Tips Blog:

📸 Instagram:
💻 Website:
🎵 Tik Tok:

For business inquiries ONLY please use email:

Don't forget to subscribe to my channel for more fun adventures!

Love your outdoor girl,


DISCLAIMER: Links included in this description might be affiliate links. If you purchase a product or service with the links that I provide I may receive a small commission. There is no additional charge to you! Thank you for supporting my channel so I can continue to provide you with free content each week!


All right, it is a wonderful beautiful weekend in san diego.

And we are headed to hike around poway lake and we're gonna take you all along with us.

But first things first we have to get the baby.

Ready? Landon are you ready for this little hike? What do you think wake up? Buddy, wake up, yeah, I think you're ready.

Let's get you in this cute little fox? Outfit, um, hi brandon what's up, guys, I'm, chelsea and you're watching chelsea explorers.

Thanks so much for joining me on this video today, we're going to be exploring poway.

We brought baby landon with us a little bright out here.


We are doing a little hike around the lake it's called the lake poway trail.

This is on all trails.

It says, it's 2.8 miles long and it's rated as easy.

So we'll, see how it goes.

We plan to bring everyone along plan to bring the stroller.

We brought the ergo baby with us to see if we wanted to carry him on our chest, but we brought a stroller that is supposed to be able to go on bumpier ground.

So we plan to bring that on the hike and check it out our first hike since having baby landon, who's, right here, say, hi here he is.

So the hike is rated as easy like.

I was saying we started off our afternoon with a picnic.

It costs about ten dollars to park to get in here.

I don't know if they take credit card, we paid ten dollars cash to get in there's tons of parking spots around here, tons of parking lots.

And then this is a huge park in general there's.

A lot of people here just playing football playing catch people, laying out having a picnic reading books listening to podcasts.

We saw a gender reveal here.

And then it sounds like at certain times of the year.

You can even actually camp at this park based on what the ranger said down below there's, some paddle boards that you can rent and do a little paddle around the lake.

You can't swim in the lake, but you can paddle, or you can fish rent a fishing boat and fish for the day, which would be fun to do there's.

Also some other popular hikes around here that we will make videos of in the future.

But this is a great area to hang out in it's, a beautiful spot to spend your weekend at it's located in poway, if you're new here, thanks so much for joining.

And I hope that you like this video, and if you are a follower thanks so much for following along, and I hope you continue to like my videos, don't, forget to press that like button and subscribe as it does help the algorithm, but let's get to the video mimi brought a beautiful array of food to make sandwiches.

So we had some delicious sandwiches.

And now we're just relaxing in the grass before heading out for a walk around the lake.

Our first uphill, we decided to bring the stroller along this trail and it's doing pretty well.

So we have the bumbleride indie it's made for all-terrain places like this perfect spot in san diego.

So just a little ways in we have a stop porta-potties.

Oh look who it is, oh hey, guys don't go in there.

Oh it smells bad.

It doesn't smell good.

It felt good.

So if you do need a bathroom along the way there is a porta potty, but also nature is nature.

And if you got to pee in a bush, you can also do that.

I do have an article on how to go in the outdoors if you know what I mean, I'll link that in the description box below, okay.

So eventually you're gonna come to like a little what a y you'd call this a y, a y in the road you're gonna see this sign here.

So when you're on trails always remember to follow the seven principles of leave no trace.

So you know, keep packing out your trash, keeping wildlife wild tons of things.

I talk about this a lot on my blog on my website and every outdoor article.

So make sure to leave no trace.

And then over here, you'll see the sign for all the different hikes.

This is where you get to that classic potato chip rock hike all the way up here, which one day we'll make a video for you on that.

But not today because we're only one month, postpartum and it's, a very hard hike.

But if you turn around this way, then you'll see a bench over here.

And then I don't know if you can see that, but there's a little trail up there that leads to a picnic bench at the top.

But for the lake poway lake trail, that's the loop, you're gonna wanna head down to the left left of that sign.

We made it to the spot where dan and pops are feeding lanten, hey, look at lando.

This is what you have to do when you have a baby.

And you are on a walk.

It takes triple the amount of time.

But this is a beautiful spot to stop and eat some lunch or feed a baby rest, it's, great stuff.

So now we're kind of in the back hills of poway behind the lake.

And it looks like the trail goes down all the way around and then way over there back up.

So we have a little bit of ways to go all right when you get to this side, you're gonna come from this trail.

Right here.

Go all the way up straight across up this hill, nice little shaded section to the hike.

So although this hike is braided, easy, there's, definitely some uphill portions to this hike and some downhills it's like shaded in parts of the hike and sunny in other so definitely bring a hat for some sunscreen, bring a light jacket because it does get a little cool in the shaded parts.

I wear a tank top underneath as you can see what I'm doing, but it's, just beautiful we're in the hills.

Back hill is a pow way I'm out of breath as you can tell, but we're finishing up we're rounding the corner up this hill.

Okay, when you get to this spot you're gonna want to take a left here.

So we got the lake over here.

You'll eventually, come to another y.

Take a left.

We've officially made it to the flat part of the trail.


The lake the end.

This was a little bit harder than I'd say, easy as I was showing you guys there's an uphill.

So some things I recommend definitely bring water.

We didn't bring that much.

And I don't think we knew who we were getting into, which is not like me, I always bring water, but I always carry my stanley water bottles with me.

I absolutely love stanley.

I think I have like 10 of their bottles.

I keep them everywhere around my house.

If you guys, don't know, I personally like the one that closes on the top, I have ones that I keep around my house that have a straw in them.

But this is also a straw type.

Let me show you.

So the straw comes out had to do that one-handed perfect for hikes.

It actually fits in our cup.

Holder that's.

What I love about stanley fit in our cup holder on our stroller and I'm out of breath again, but bring your water.

People all right guys.

Thanks so much for watching and we'll.

See you next week for another video on chelsea explorers you.


How long is the hike around Poway Lake? ›

Head out on this 2.8-mile loop trail near Poway, California. Generally considered an easy route, it takes an average of 1 h 17 min to complete. This is a very popular area for birding, hiking, and horseback riding, so you'll likely encounter other people while exploring.

Do you have to pay for Lake Poway? ›

Poway residents are free with valid proof of residency and may obtain a resident sticker at the Lake Poway entry station or office. The parking fee is collected from 6 a.m. to 30 minutes before sunset. Those in possession of a valid fishing permit are not required to pay. Active military personnel, with ID, are free.

Can you float tube Lake Poway? ›

Personal boats and float tubes may not be launched at Lake Poway, however, we have multiple fishing boats and pedal boats for rent. Please be kind to wildlife. Duck food can be purchased at the Lake Poway Concession. Remember to approach slowly and gently toss food on the ground or into the water.

What days are Lake Poway open? ›

The park is open everyday, year-round, from 6:00 AM to sunset. It is only closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

How hard is the hike to Lake Solitude? ›

Lake Solitude is a strenuous, 14.4 mi (23.2 km) RT out and back hike with 2,670 ft (810 m) of elevation gain with an average slope of 9%. Lake Solitude is a very strenuous, 18.3 mi (29.5 km) RT out and back hike with 2,910 ft (890 m) of elevation gain with an average slope of 8%. The trail crosses several bridges.

How long does the average 5 mile hike take? ›

Most hikers average 2 to 3 miles per hour, so a 5-mile hike could take around 2 hours. Some speed hikers push the throttle at 4 to 5 miles per hour. Tough inclines might reduce your pace to 1 mile per hour, and off-trail hiking might cut that in half. There's no good or bad hiking pace.

How much is parking at Lake Poway? ›

As a reminder, parking at Lake Poway is free for residents (with valid proof of residency); a $10 parking fee will be charged for non-residents on weekends and holidays. Exceptions include visitors with a paid Lake Poway fishing permit and active military personnel with ID.

Is it safe to drink water from Poway? ›

Lake Poway holds about 1 billion gallons of water. The city operates a modern water treatment plant and produces about 3 billion gallons of drinking water each year. Poway's drinking water meets or exceeds all state and federal standards for water quality.

What time does the city of Poway open? ›

7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

What do you wear to float tube fishing? ›

In a float tube, your body is immersed in water up to your chest. This type of fishing requires waterproof equipment like these wading suits and you can't just wear waders. Furthermore, comfort when sitting for a long time is very important, so you should not feel tight or uncomfortable in your float tube waders.

Can you use a float tube in a river? ›

Safety. Anglers fishing from a float tube may wear a personal flotation device (a requirement in some locations), as float tubes are susceptible to punctures. Additionally, most manufacturers do not recommend using float tubes in moving waters, such as rivers or streams.

How big is Lake Poway? ›

Lake Poway
Dam volume1,300,000 m3 (46,000,000 cu ft)
Total capacity3,800 acre⋅ft (4,700,000 m3)
Surface area35 acres (14 ha)
12 more rows

What days is lake El Capitan open? ›

El Capitan's concession is open on Friday – Sunday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can purchase snacks and drinks, bait and tackle, and fishing permits. Boat rentals are available on a first come basis. We do not sell Fishing Licenses. Fishing is allowed all year.

What fish are in Lake Poway? ›

Year-round fishing is available for bass, catfish, sunfish and bluegill. You can fish from the shoreline or from a rental boat.

How long does 12 mile hike take? ›

The average person takes about 360 minutes to hike 12 miles. This pace includes stopping for rest and admiring the scenery.

How long is the average hike? ›

However, most hiking authorities say that the average person can hike about 8 to 15 miles per day. According to Ramblers, the average hiking speed for adults is about 2.5 miles per hour. This means that it takes 24 minutes to hike a mile.

How long is a usual hike? ›

A person of average fitness can cover 8 to 12 miles a day with a beginner to intermediate level of hiking experience. However, experienced hikers with stellar fitness can cover 12 to 16 miles a day!

What is the toughest hike in San Diego County? ›

El Cajon Mountain Trail near Lakeside is regarded as the hardest trails in San Diego County. This out-and-back trail takes hikers up to the 3,648 ft. summit of El Cajon Mountain.

Top Articles
Latest Posts
Article information

Author: Kerri Lueilwitz

Last Updated: 28/12/2023

Views: 5399

Rating: 4.7 / 5 (47 voted)

Reviews: 86% of readers found this page helpful

Author information

Name: Kerri Lueilwitz

Birthday: 1992-10-31

Address: Suite 878 3699 Chantelle Roads, Colebury, NC 68599

Phone: +6111989609516

Job: Chief Farming Manager

Hobby: Mycology, Stone skipping, Dowsing, Whittling, Taxidermy, Sand art, Roller skating

Introduction: My name is Kerri Lueilwitz, I am a courageous, gentle, quaint, thankful, outstanding, brave, vast person who loves writing and wants to share my knowledge and understanding with you.