Cowles Mountain to Pyles Peak Trail is a 7.5 mile out and back trail located near Santee, CA that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Mission Trails Regional Park is a short distance from downtown San Diego and provides easy access for those who live near San Diego. With over 40 miles of trails, it is one of the largest urban parks in the United States. This is the Cowles Mountain Region of the Mission Trails Regional Park.
Tons of people, of course. It's like a highway up and down. Not terribly difficult, but there are a few places where you have to exert yourself to get up the rocks on the trail. Views up top are great. Highly recommend going onto Pyle Peak. Not as many people. Took about 50 min to get to the top near the radio tower. Another 30 min to get to Pyle Peak.
Not as steep as other trails in the park, but a good sustained hike. Steady climbing that levels out here and there.
Hard and awesome!