Big Rock Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santee, CA that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Not bad. Trail well marked. Takes you to the top of Cowles, but there are side trails too. People bring extra water and leave it for the dogs. There are even dog bowls. One at the half point and the other at the top. Love a dog community. Super hot trail. My dog went through 6 bottles. 1 1/2 was poured on him. Not that many people until you get to the top since the other side is Cowles mountain people. I would rather go this longer route then fight my way through the crowd from the Golfcrest entry of Cowles. Just a mile .2 longer. Not a beginner hike especially in the heat. Definitely high moderate. It's steep towards the top. I'm an avid hiker and I was breathing hard the entire time.
Challenging and fun ... And hot
great hike, check your shoes tread before going down the fire road
Enjoyed this just over 4 mile up and back. Didn't realize until the top that this is the back way up to Coweles' Mountain
Like others have said, this is a steep hike! I hiked with my dog, a huge furry beast. Only reason we hiked this one today bc it was quite cool. I would NOT hike thus with a dog when it is a hot day: way too strenuous for a dog on a hot San Diego day. Beautiful hike...enjoy the views :)
Great hike, last 3/4 mile up to peak very steep and a bit slippery on way down but the view from the peak is to die for.
A great hike! Just finished up about a half hour ago, it's a lot less crowded than going up the face of cowles mountain.
Nice workouthike. Scenery is not spectacular but the view on top is beautiful. The trail can be slippery.
Good, quick hike. Made it to the top in 35 min moving fast with no stops.
Just finished this backside approach to Cowles Mountain with my hardcore badass girlfriend last weekend in the late afternoon. Ran into a Red Diamond Rattlesnake on the way back down. Exciting, a bit steeper approach than traditional Cowles Mtn. Trail. Use hikers with good tread to avoid slipping on downhill return in the top mile of Mesa Trail. Take care to not miss Big Rock trail cutoff on return as well.
Good hike.. Hard the first time but gets easier every time you do it, not to imply that it's easy.
Awesome alternative and more challenging route to Cowle's Mountain!