Pyles Peak Trail is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near San Diego, CA that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and trail running and is accessible from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
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.
As stated before, the hike to Cowles is typically crowded. Continuing on to Pyles, there were very few hikers/trail runners, which was a nice change of pace for a weekend hike. Very little shade like all the major peaks in the park, so bring sun protection and a good amount of water. Clear trail with signs made it simple to navigate to the top.
I just completed mission trails 5 peak challenge and pyles was my favorite hike
connected to Cowles trail for a great hike.
IT WAS MODERATE TO DIFFICULT. NOT MUCH OF A VIEW, BUT THE HIKE WAS OK
good for working out. Lots of uphill
Typical crowded cowels, then drop town to Pyles trail and much less crowded. Let the dogs off the leash and enjoyed. Typical SD hike views. Nothing special but good exercise.
Good hike more work than expected after summiting cowles but worth it for the peace after such a crowded area on cowles.
Good hike, not very crowded once away from the crowds at cowls mountain.
We started from the front of cowles and the pyles peak. Once you get past the rush of cowles the trail is nice and quiet
Pyles is great if you can avoid the main trail up Cowel's Mt
Overall great hike. We started up Barker trail so we only ended up on Cowles for a short time. Once you summit Cowles and get on Pyles it's nice and quiet with very few people. Great views as well. Would do it again.
Short and sweet.... One of the Five Peak Challenge trails. Hour and half and it's over.
My new favorite city mountain trail. It's like how Cowles used to be: peaceful and beautiful. Some shade, not a lot, though. If you want to avoid the crowds and basically maintain the distance, try Barker instead of Golfcrest.
Nice addition to Cowles.