“Mt. Woodson is the tallest of the peaks in a small complex of mountains that also includes nearby Iron Mountain. Woodson also enjoys a geographic position in the center of the San Diego urban center, which affords expansive views from the nearly 3,000’ summit.
Woodson is also famous for its maze of granite boulders, some of which reach massive proportions or attain fantastic shapes. Most famous of these shapes is the Potato Chip, which is the remains of a boulder that has partially collapsed while leaving a flake of granite jutting out into space. Ask many San Diegans about Mt. Woodson, and you’re likely to hear them respond by calling it the “Potato Chip Hike,” which attests to the popularity of this geological oddity.” – Modern Hiker