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Morning and daytime (during cooler weather) hikes here can be extremely busy! I go at night (bring head gear or hand flashlight). When using a flashlight at night please be mindful of either sticking your beam on the trail or just turn it off until they pass (some hikers prefer using the natural moonlight). Don't shine it in their eyes! It's rude and unsafe. Once at the summit, incredible views!

12 hours ago

Nicely paved for all skill levels but that also means there's a fair amount of traffic. Wish the trail went all the way around the lake otherwise you have to walk back.

Not much of a hike, but the slot canyons are very cool and worth checking out

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.

Beautiful scenery through out the trail and ending with a beach walk back to the starting spot is a great cool down.

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

hiking
3 days ago

very calm and reliable hike great views and peaceful

I love that height it's so green

hiking
5 days ago

hiking
6 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.

trail running
6 days ago

This is a great easy access trail. Watch out for frisbee golfers and there was a cross country meet there on a Friday so we had to alter out route a little. Otherwise it’s a nice loop trail with clear signage.

The views are amazing but this is a very busy trail. Going down it definitely seems easy and the trail does go all the way down to the ocean with beautiful views all the way. I definitely didn’t realize how steep it was until I was in the way back up. The smooth sandy trail is too set and carved out for my taste but I assumed it was for safety and preservation I would definitely hike here again.

hiking
6 days ago

Beautiful.

Very nice on a beautiful day..

A really nice, easy urban-ish walk. Takes you through some of San Diego’s old neighborhoods and canyons. Ends with a stroll through Balboa Park. Nice for a hot Santa Ana day with plenty of availability for shade depending on what side of the street you choose to walk on!

A nice little jaunt that earns you a great ocean view at the end! It seemed more difficult than moderate and good hiking shoes are a must.

Been hiking Cowles since 1986

hiking
13 days ago

Beautiful walk, very easy but nice view. They have. Tepees they rent which might be fun. It’s a perfect place to walk with children.

We did this around 8am it was perfect timing. The fog came in later so we had some great views. It’s started to get crowded around 930am.

Beautiful scenes with an element of adventure and climbing. we loved this quick and easy to get to trail.

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!

Definitely more than a moderate. Wouldn't say it's an expert though. Went with shoes but some locals said not to use em. I'd say they would've made it harder in spots. Definitely not suitable for kids or dogs. Also be careful, there's a nude beach right down the beach from the end of the trail.

What a special “canyon niche” this is, in Solana Beach, of all places! Must enter thru North Rios Street - San Elijo Lagoon. Definitely, a “one way” short “climb, with a few unexpected photo ops along the way.

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!

hiking
15 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!

great when it isnt crowded!

This was basically a street walk with a half mile of dirt trail. The houses are beautiful as are the views.

Got there quite early (730am) and it was very foggy on the hike up but the temps were so mild it was perfect. The include was gradual but you get a good cardio workout.

Definitely epic views.

Best part - briskly walking the beach hoping to not get my shoes wet... which didn’t happen

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