Twin Peaks is a small pair of peaks just north of Silverset Park in Poway. The taller, western peak gets the “Twin Peaks” label on topographic maps and appears to be the more popular destination. The smaller peak, a short distance to the east, is an easy side trip worth visiting at least once. Overall its a relatively short hike (just over 2 miles round trip for both summits), but the steep, rugged terrain makes for a worthy climb.
After only .1 mile we came to the first junction. A wooden bench offered an opportunity to pause and enjoy the surroundings. We turned left up the hill, where there was almost immediately another junction. Here we took the right fork, heading towards the peaks.
At .17 miles the trail dipped briefly through a sandy patch, and we noted a side trail leading off to the left. According to a local we met on the trail, both routes led up to the peak but he recommended following the path straight to a turn off further on, so that’s what we did.
Around .3 mile yet another side trail branched off to the left. From the map this looks like it connects to the first branch we had noticed. Following the advice we’d been given, we continued straight on the main path.
At .56 miles we finally reached the turn-off we’d been looking for. (This was just a short distance before a major “T” intersection with a fire road, so if you reach that point you’ve gone too far.) Here, we turned left and followed a much narrower and slightly overgrown single track.
As we got closer to the peaks, we found multiple use trails branching off in different directions and then reconnecting. Everything seemed to be going uphill, so we just took what looked like the easiest path heading towards the summit and trusted we would end up in the right spot.
The trail we were on seemed to be heading for the summit of the taller western peak, which was fine by us. We figured that from the top we’d be able to scope out a route to the smaller peak and determine if it was a worthwhile endeavor.
At the top we found a few very nice sitting rocks, and we set about enjoying the views. To the west was the antennae-topped summit of Black Mountain.
It was only about .1 mile to reach the second peak. The area was pretty brushy and not as well suited for lounging about as the main summit was, so we didn’t linger very long. We did get a nice shot of the eastern side of the main peak, however.
Once we finished exploring the smaller peak, we retraced our route back to the park.
From I-15, take the exit for CA 56/Ted Williams Parkway and head east. Follow Ted Williams Parkway for approximately 2.5 miles and turn right onto Twin Peaks Road. In about .4 miles, turn left onto Silverset Street. Follow Silverset Street for approximately .2 miles. As Silverset makes a 90 degree turn to the left, you will see Silverset Park on the left where you can park. The trailhead is on the left just as you turn into the park’s driveway. map
|Total Distance:||2.15 miles|
|Total Ascent:||745 feet|
|Dog Friendly?:||Leashed dogs allowed|
|Bike Friendly?:||Bikes allowed|
|Facilities:||Restrooms and water at Silverset park|
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