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Great night hike!!i

it was great hike.

Amazing 360 views of the city and the ocean! Not the hardest hike by any means, but the views over the city are picture perfect !

Nice and easy hike with the gorgeous view from the top.

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

Easy hike, suitable for all ages. The only downside is it's crowded.

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2 days ago

The toughest I have ever done!! absolutely worth it! Me and friend went during off season when the cables came down. If that's the case please bring safety equipment (carabineers, harness, leather gloves) if you are planning to do the 400 ft. climb along the face of Half Dome. We did not have that equipment so I didn't do it, because safety always comes first! Have a safe hike guys and don't forget to bring lots of water and salted snacks :)

A fairly easy hike but worth doing! The path is a bit more crowded than other area hikes so have patience and just go with the flow. Beautiful views from the top!

Easy hike. Would advise going early for sunrise. There are a lot of hikers on this trail. Plus the pineapple smoothies you can purchase at the end of the hike are pretty good too!

Was a good hike, surprised how fast it went at a waking pace.

our first time here going up was a great cardio workout make sure and pack a light long sleeve for sunny or windy days.

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4 days ago

One for the bucket list.

Nice trail with a gradual climb for about the first half of the hike up then switch backs finish to the peak give a paced workout to the summit. Well groomed trail and fantastic panoramic views at the top with picnic tables and perch points let you celebrate the trek up Iron Mountain. I didn’t bring or need walking sticks as the trail rocks are easily maneuvered.

I hiked this trail on a Sunday. The parking lot at the trail head was full. The only downside about this trail is that almost everybody starts and finishes at the main entrance and there is one path shared for hiking up and down so the traffic got pretty heavy at times and we were paced by the number of people (and their dogs). I like when there is some dispersion of hikers and trail options that let me hike at my own pace. I love people and I love dogs, I’m not complaining about that, I’m just pointing out that there was traffic on the trail. Maybe a weekday hike would be a quicker pace for this trail. 4 stars, I will hike this trail again!

Really enjoyed this hike with the family. Kids loved it! Did this hike about 1.5 months ago.

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4 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.

Was a nice walk not to busy until you got to the top, awesome experience would recommend for 1 dollar

Easy hike cool views

Great view but I agree with the others here; it was quite busy that it’s hard to enjoy the view at the top with the amount of people squeezing in that lookout. I would recommend doing a sunrise hike on Saturday then heading down across the street for the Farmers Market for some great food. I think the market is also open on Fridays but you would have to check on this

I am a recreational day hiker and this is one of the prettiest hikes I have ever been on. The views going up the last mile are just outstanding.

Not a bad hike! Can be crowded at times bur worth the views

hiking
8 days ago

Awesome hike with amazing views at the top of half dome. I did this as a day hike in November with the cables down. I left the valley at 630 am right as the sun was coming out and I was the ONLY person at half dome. Had the whole place to myself. The hiking by Vernal and Nevada falls is the toughest part. Half dome is easy with a harness, some rope, and some leather gloves. Half dome with the cables down is a much more enjoyable experience, you just have to be more prepared but definitely worth it! Total hike took 9 hours to the top of half dome and back to the valley, the hike is tough and exhausting but with the appropriate rest and breaks it can be very enjoyable.

Been hiking Cowles since 1986

Scenery was spectacular. Lot of foot traffic

My first time going there. made it all the way to the top. Worth the walk, great view.

Not bad at all. Great moderate trail. Make sure you finish it. It’s a great area to capture amazing optics.

easy hike, a TON of tourists on this one, decent views, but if you're local you know better than to come here.

Nice easy hike but very touristy so make sure to go early!!! Some parts of the trail are narrow and can get a little crowded. There are many stops you can make before getting to the top for nice Instagram pics!!! Don’t forget to stop at the pineapple stands after your hike and get a pineapple smoothie. Super refreshing :)

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!

Very busy but great view.

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