Cowles Mountain Trail

MODERATE 388 reviews

Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 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.

3.0 miles 925 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
2 days ago

backpacking
2 days ago

nice and cool!

2 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Fun trail. It's not to far of a drive. Good hike.

hiking
6 days ago

This is my second time to do this one. The views are great and the hike up makes your heart work. It is a little short for me so if you get to the top and you feel like you want to get some more out of it there are several other hikes connecting if you walk a little past the sign and to the left. You'll head down a fairly steep hill down but it connects you to other hiking trails. You can go and explore for awhile. I'll do this one again for sure. It's closer to where I live so it makes for a nice quick hike.

hiking
10 days ago

Great exercise, well maintained trails and rewarding views of America's Finest city. A little crowded, especially on weekends.

21 days ago

23 days ago

Great day trail to grab some exercise and views around San Diego. Parking is limited though

hiking
28 days ago

Great hike for a view of San Diego/Mission Valley area. Recommend early on the weekends or during the week as very crowded! While it's a relatively short hike it's good for a little sweat on the way up!

1 month ago

Love this!!!

1 month ago

like it!

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

Packed! Glad to see people getting outdoors. Nice for beginners, a little busy if you want to enjoy the views.
If you're not feeling the burn yet head down the back side and enjoy the Pyle's Peak trail less travelled.

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

I couldn't believe how much traffic there was here. I do miss hiking in Oregon...overall a good quick workout with a great view at the peak. I'll likely be doing this one again soon.

hiking
1 month ago

It is a very good hike for pets new to the outdoors. I just took my kitty and puppy and they had a lot of fun!

Quick hike but a good workout with a beautiful 360 degree view at the end! The only thing I didn't like was how busy it was, even at 7 at night. Either way it's a great after work type of hike :)

hiking
1 month ago

Very crowded but close to home. Steeper the first 3/4 mile then switchbacks and the second 3/4. Not a bad hike for being in the middle of a city, i prefer the mtns/trails by julian since i have kids and the tails are less crowded

hiking
1 month ago

I hiked it multiple times. Sweet memories.

2 months ago