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If this trail was safe, i would give it the full 5 stars! This is my favorite thing to do in San Diego, but that being said, it’s now pretty trafficked and at points, can be very sketchy/dangerous. It’s amazing terrain, beautiful views when you get towards the water, but some parts of it just aren’t meant for people to be going through. If you’re not experienced or don’t have good balance, I wouldn’t tell you not to do it, just to take caution! I’ve seen kids on this trial many times but they also have a low center of gravity and can fit through the tight spaces like the slot-canyon portion. Again, amazing, but just be cautious! Keep in mind, this is not the only way to get to blacks beach. And pro tip: barefoot is easier in this trail.

Good hiking

fun trail run, gets pretty steep on the climb up at a couple points but will definitely go back

fun and challenging ascent. gets really hot with minimal shade so pack plenty of water

Did this hike yesterday. Great challenge. Beautiful views. Had a blast!

hiking
10 days ago

Rock climbers loops was amazing as well as thrilling. Perfect if you're trying to increase your endurance. Wonderful park, with a hike for any age group.

Great trail for training. l less crowded than the main Trail.

Quite an intense hike. Great for beginners. Rock climbing is an add-on feature of the hike.

Short but sweet. Good for an evening outing. Leads right to the picturesque beach.

Extremely fun! Great flat piece for photos

Coming down is harder than getting to the top. Recommend completing north, saddle and south in one shot.

You hike up Cowls Mountains and off to the side at the top you proceed to Pyles. Take plenty of water. Get there early because parking can be limited and turn wheels to curb. It took 2 hours and 23 minutes to do both hikes.

short, steep, and sweet view at the top. Not many people either. Tranquillity.

The majority of the trail was pretty tame, though it got steep towards the end. Lots of people on the trail at 8 am on a Saturday. Nice views of the city at the top. The trail is well maintained and easy to follow. It starts by a city park with bathrooms, so that's a bonus!

Love this trail

Good hike, great views from the summit. Quite a few rabbits, and LOTS of hummingbirds!

hiking
1 month ago

Short hike but well worth it for the views! There are some challenging spots so take your time on the trails. Will be doing this one again.

Great for a morning workout and enjoying the views.

A lot of fun, for the whole family. I took my 5 kids (ages 12 to 20 months). Carried the little one but the others did fine. Challenging for sure, and safe if you are smart and do not rush or try and blow past people. There are slippery parts, and one part that gets pretty narrow. We left very dirty, but the kids really enjoyed it and felt challenged.

we took the north trail on the way up and came down the South, highly recommend taking the South trail. Happy Trails

hiking
1 month ago

It's a nice local suburban hike with about a 1000' gain on wide, well-marked trails. It gets better once you get to the top of Stoneridge housing development - at the first water tank - and away from the houses. Nice views once you get high enough. Can be somewhat crowded on weekends, but not too bad. Cool that you can get a climb and a view like this without having to drive too far. Nice spanning coastal views on clear days and usually pleasant breezes to cool you off once you hit the top. Cool to hit Double Peak just around sunset.

Too many houses around during some of the trip.
Saw a coyote though so had a good experience. Moderate difficulty.

hiking
1 month ago

Great short hike.Strenuous effort to give you a workout. Short enough to do anytime.

walking
1 month ago

It was a nice moderate trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Some challenging parts!

hiking
1 month ago

Great workout and a challenging hike. Will do this one again.

If one must do cowles, I definitely suggest this route. It is much less crowded than the front way and there is tons of shade. Doable for children as young as 5.

Definitely moderate even though the signs are rated difficult. Went early to beat the sun. Not too busy of a trail although there were some working cars driving up and down. Very steep part towards the summit for about .5 miles. Make sure you wear proper shoes!

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