Cowles Mountain Trail

MODERATE 366 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 849 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

hiking
3 days ago

hiking
7 days ago

Very nice. Lots of folks when I went (earlier AM). I would say it is on the moderate side. The lack of man-made paths make it better for me.

13 days ago

13 days ago

Easy but populated.

17 days ago

hiking
19 days ago

it is a good hike. very busy but dog friendly. if you can get passed the people who need to blast bad hip-hop through their Bluetooth speakers you'll be good. take plenty of water.

20 days ago

I love the trail. It's a good workout, and the views are amazing at the top

22 days ago

1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago

1 month ago

Lots of people

hiking
1 month ago

kicked my butt. some of it hoes straight up.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

1 month ago

1 month ago

Super packed. cool place to watch the sun rise.

1 month ago

loved it.

1 month 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.

2 months ago

2 months ago

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

2 months ago