Cowles Mountain Trail

MODERATE 648 reviews

Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California 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.

3.0 miles 918 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

3 days ago

hiking
4 days ago

Not too hard but good stair exercise.

4 days ago

5 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Great hike and incredible views from the summit, but the crowds make me avoid it. I will say my kids and dogs love it. If you're going, go early or you'll be parking a mile away.

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hiking
12 days ago

Great hike and an amazing view. Trail can be fairly rocky, narrow and crowded but overall it was worth it. Parking can be a pain as well.

My 4 year old made it to the top and back to the car

trail running
14 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

Fun with dogs.

15 days ago

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18 days ago

It's definitely a work out, but there's not much to see. If you want good views go at sunrise. Also helps you avoid the crowd. This trail is super populated.

19 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

20 days ago

nice views at the top but is always crowded