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Love everything about this hike.

it was great hike.

Really good hike. Has some stretches that are challenging like the last bit to the top but the views are worth it. Well marked trails too.

We did an 6am morning hike and it was perfect not too many people going up or coming down.

Not at all a strenuous hike (a 65+ year-old fellow hiker reiterated this as she kindly gave me directions), but absolutely gorgeous views at almost all points on the trail. There are towers all over the top of Monument Peak, but I think they contrast natural and man-made beauty well. Not much hiking traffic, despite being a holiday weekend.

A good hike up the mountain.

Beautiful place

I love that height it's so green

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4 days ago

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5 days ago

Trail is EXTREMELY crowded on the weekend (even at 7 AM).
Overlooks urban sprawl.
Peak is dominated by an ugly transmission tower.
I think one star is generous.

Beautiful hike. Difficult but worth it! Start early park closes gates strictly 5pm

Perfect to test our skills

This is a pretty quick hike but it can be steep in spots which is great for me since I'm an experienced hiker. The view from the top is amazing.

Amazing views.

Been hiking Cowles since 1986

first time hiking this trail. its relatively a short hike but has steep inclines towards the summit. easy to find parking and the trail is dog friendly. not a lot of shade and the summit can get a little crowded but overall great views at the top! not very crowded either. i ran into maybe 30 people the whole time on a saturday morning.

Beautiful hike and great views on top.

Went at night, the hike had awesome views of San Diego, including downtown. The trail was wide, in most parts with lots of switchbacks and fun, rocky terrain. Great hike overall!

This was one of the best hikes! Highly recommend it

Great Hike! Lots of other hikers! Some parts are a little tough and steep, but rewarding view at top make it worth the pain. Not a lot shade, cover up or have sun screen.

If you are new to San Diego, it's a great way to get the lay of the land. Expect crowds and in our case, some unusual people hiking with Bluetooth speakers playing rap music for all to hear. Other than that, great views ranging from the ocean, downtown, East County, Mexico, San Jacinto Mountain near Palm Springs and even the San Bernardino mountains way off in the distance. Enjoy!

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14 days ago

My favorite part about this hike is at the top it has a map telling you what landmarks are in each direction and you can see Mexico!

Beautiful hike and breath taking views at the top! Plus, a great workout.

Amazing hiking. All the trail was very quiet so you could hear the sound of nature.

I love this trail, especially in the Fall. I bring my labrador and we have a great time.

Pick up you dog s**t and trash you filthy animals. Don’t bring your aggressive dogs on trail; otherwise it is a nice stroll.

Beautiful views going up! Very crowded, but everyone is very nice and polite! :) There are a few people that forget their dog-potty bags sadly.
The views and trails are worth the crowds, a must do trail!

This hike, while better in the spring, is always a favorite of mine when I’m visiting family in So Cal and have half a day for the drive and the hike.

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