Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail

MODERATE 81 reviews

Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santee, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.9 miles 1277 feet Out & Back

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Cowles Mountain from Big Rock is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Santee, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

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hiking
9 days ago

Cowle's is a fun hike, but it can get a lot of people traffic on any given day. For more fun try lesser traveled trails like Barker way.

1 month ago

Much better than Cowles from the front and dog friendly :)

hiking
1 month ago

Not worth the hype, but great workout.

1 month ago

trail running
1 month ago

Good trail, not overgrown and well marked. Secluded, wildlife is tall. Opens up during the last half mile on a service road to the top of Cowels mountain. Good for running, not to rocky. Cowels front side has much more rocks and to many people. Didn't like the top part of the service road, didn't have a nature feel to it.

trail running
1 month ago

Also known as Cowles "Backside" is more challenging than the "Front Side". Much steeper in a lot of places & is less traveled ... not nearly as crowded as the "Front Side". Kinda pushes you on the way down!

hiking
2 months ago

Had fun. Parking sucks but, other than that I enjoyed myself.

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike! Did this on 9-5-16 as part of the five-peak challenge. Did them all in one day. 18.1 miles. 4,326 feet of elevation gain, 6 1/2 hours. Fun! Did Kwaay Paay first, then North Fortuna, and South Fortuna. Then, drove to Big Rock and hiked Pyles and Cowles.

hiking
2 months ago

Today was the first tine going up this way. I really liked it. The first half of the hike is awesome. The second half is in a service road and becomes more crowded. Overall it is better than the crowds going up the other Cowles Mountain trail. Definitely recommend this hike.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Got Cowles and Pyle's Peak in one shot from this side for a change. A lot less people, but that ain't saying much. Once you get to Pyle's though, the herd thins. Great exercise, but keep an eye out for the Rock Trail cutoff otw back. I missed it and had to back track which is not fun.

3 months ago

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hiking
3 months ago

Great for my first time up Cowles. The Big Rock Trail was empty on the way up (sunrise) and I only saw a half dozen or so on my way down......once off the access road that is.
We got very low clouds which actually made for quite a visual treat since we were above them at the peak.

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