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About Mt. Woodson:

Mount Woodson is the premiere climbing area in the San Diego area with enough climbing to last a lifetime or two. Scattered about the flanks of this rocky hillside are many "premium miniatures" (as bvb once put it) - boulders that what they lack in size more than make up for in quality and diversity. True there is more face climbing than cracks, but given that most places offer face climbing it's the plethora of cracks that truly makes the area shine. Cracks of every size and shape are found here on typically smooth, clean granite - from tips cracks like Lie Detector to the blood pumping offwidth of Mother Superior. Many problems are either bouldered/soloed or toproped depending upon the height and your comfort level, although any of the cracks are certainly leadable. Climbing is possible year-round, but when summer hits and the asphalt road starts melting things slow down a bit.

Professor Keith Brueckner's 1987 Mt. Woodson Guide

Topo Guide PDF
Nearest town or city: Poway
Directions: From interstate 15 turn east on Poway Road (approx 18 miles north of downtown San Diego or 10 miles south of Escondido) drive through Poway and up a steep grade until you reach Highway 67, go north (left turn)for 3 miles to the Mount Woodson trailhead (just before the fire station on the west side). Park on the shoulder of hwy.67, NOT on Mt. Woodson Road, which is private. Residents will have cars towed if parked there! Find a gap in the fence (about 100' left of the fire station driveway)and follow a trail southward to the asphalt road which leads to Woodson's summit. Be aware that the trail that accesses the paved road is on CDF land, so stay on the trail and be low key. Watch for sppeding vehicles when hiking the road! If you hear a car, get on the shoulder ASAP. Watch for snakes, and poison oak on the north slopes.
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Quantity of Climbs: Lifetime

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No Replies Mt. Woodson Topo Project Mussy760 0 Dec 20 2011, 6:06 AM
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With Replies LOST: Dark Pink North Face Beanie at Mt. Woodson, on Wed 1/5 avk 2 Jan 08 2011, 6:35 AM
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No Replies *REPOST* ATTENTION! LOST SHOE! illusiondweller 0 Dec 02 2009, 6:08 AM
With Replies What is this Mount Woodson Dihedral? kingbiscuit 1 Nov 30 2009, 5:32 AM
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No Replies Mt. Woodson Crack Ladder illusiondweller 0 Apr 07 2009, 5:39 AM
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With Replies Hard overhanging boulder dyno finish!! eliotac 1 Nov 19 2008, 1:09 AM
No Replies LOST: Rock shoe mt. woodson stb 0 Sep 27 2008, 6:07 PM
No Replies 1987 Mt. Woodson Guide - Author: Professor Keith Brueckner illusiondweller 0 Mar 11 2006, 11:09 PM
With Replies Stairway To Heaven Sans Cord? krga20 5 Oct 27 2005, 10:35 PM
With Replies Hardest crack at woodson collegekid 4 Nov 04 2012, 8:10 PM
With Replies Lake Poway side of Woodson tigermeat 2 Nov 06 2004, 1:35 AM