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dogs on leash
There is a trail that was too muddy from recent rains to run on, and there is a paved path/road that all visitors were on. So, it isn't off-road hiking. However, my husband and I went specifically for a run and did not want a lot of elevation changes for this one. This is a great, solid 5 mile run. It was pretty populated on a cool, sunny day, but not so much that we felt crowded in our run. Great for cyclists, especially kiddos. There are port-a-johns at a few points along the loop. It is a beautiful area with a great breeze flowing, shady and sunny spots, depending on what you like. :) Parking lots are not that big, so parking might be difficult. We were able to park in the larger lot without problem.
Shaniece M. on Cowles Mountain Trail
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.