Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail

MODERATE 126 reviews

Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santee, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles 1230 feet Out & Back

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Cowles Mountain from Big Rock is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Santee, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

9 days ago

hiking
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hiking
1 month ago

Was visiting the SD areas and completed this hike. Great views and easy to follow. Took about 45 mins up.

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hiking
1 month ago

Cowle's is a fun hike, but it can get a lot of people traffic on any given day. For more fun try lesser traveled trails like Barker way.

2 months ago

2 months ago

Much better than Cowles from the front and dog friendly :)

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Not worth the hype, but great workout.

3 months ago

3 months ago

trail running
3 months ago

Good trail, not overgrown and well marked. Secluded, wildlife is tall. Opens up during the last half mile on a service road to the top of Cowels mountain. Good for running, not to rocky. Cowels front side has much more rocks and to many people. Didn't like the top part of the service road, didn't have a nature feel to it.

trail running
3 months ago

Also known as Cowles "Backside" is more challenging than the "Front Side". Much steeper in a lot of places & is less traveled ... not nearly as crowded as the "Front Side". Kinda pushes you on the way down!