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The five peaks are awesome, but I would avoid this path. The route between Pyles Peak and Mission Gorge Road is totally off trail and much of it is through very thick/dense/sharp brush, trees, bushes, etc. It was almost impossible to get through and we got scraped to hell. It also dumps out out on the outside of a locked fence surrounding a neighborhood. We got lucky and found a gate that was unlocked, but I still feel bad about going off trail.
You can still hit all five in a day, but might have to backtrack after Pyles, then walk over and hit the other three.
Alicia V. on Chollas Lake Park
Love doing the back part of the trail overlooking the baseball field with the city in the view
Alicia V. on Cowles Mountain Trail
It has a very nice view, but it's always crowded here.