Cowles Mountain Trail

MODERATE 357 reviews
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Cowles Mountain Trail is a 6.4 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, CA that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. 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.

6.4 miles 1945 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers


7 days ago

hiking


13 days ago

Lots of people


17 days ago

hiking

kicked my butt. some of it hoes straight up.


17 days ago

hiking

one of my favorite trails to do when visiting San Diego but like everyone says, very busy. I did it this last time in August so bring extra water. It was overcast when I started but the clouds quickly broke and it warmed up pretty quick.


19 days ago


24 days ago

Super packed. cool place to watch the sun rise.


25 days ago

loved it.


27 days ago

Out of town, was looking for a trail close to Chula Vista. It was perfect. Accidentally took the service road up but no crowd at all around 1030 am. Rewarding at the top, friendly people and good vibes. Highly recommended for a early morning cardio. Bring water.


1 month ago


1 month ago

It was on the easier side of moderate difficulty. Still good though.


1 month ago


1 month ago

hiking

Awesome views!


1 month ago

hiking

Great tourist trail. Not extremely hard, but not too easy. Great view of San Diego. The evening hike is really great here as well. Do pack a water bottle.


1 month ago

Not to hard, not to easy. Well traveled by many. Some day too crowded, other days not so. Not many parking spaces but more on the street. Nicely centrally located easy to get to from most areas of San Diego. 1.5 miles one way so your not dedicating to much time and can get it done soon enough.


1 month ago

hiking

Most popular hiking trail in the San Diego area. Overcrowded, lots of runners and dogs. Must do at least once


1 month ago

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2 months ago

hiking

Great trail with some challenging steep parts, but really people of most levels can do this hike, which is why it can be crowded at times. Additionally in the summer it can be very hot to hike during the day, early morning or sunset hikes highly recommended!


2 months ago

hiking

always super packed, but a good workout and fulfilling trek to the top. there is always dog poop everywhere which is really disappointing to see.