Explore the most popular birding trails in Mission Trails Regional Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great hike!!

trail running
3 days ago

Good mid range trail, but for a beginner trail runner, like myself, it is a doozy, especially for first 2+ miles. Be ready for a workout. My only gripe is the trail is poorly marked later in the loop as there are many junctions and I spent a lot of time guessing wrong. I would go to my AllTrail app but it was having it's issues (or at least my GPS was.)

beautiful and clean trail

Great work out. Watch out for some areas of lose gravel. So many trails out here I love it.

I will forever have a special place in my heart for this mountain. In April of 2018 I started my new journey to lose weight. I am so proud to say by July 2018 I had lost 40lbs. I hiked and still hike Cowles 2-3 time a week and that was it. This hike is great for beginners and experienced hikers. Don’t give up in the hard areas you can do it! The view is worth it. I like to cut from the front trail to the back trail at the top for a nice steep incline at the top. Have fun!

Go early before the crowds

Very pretty and very easy. Perfect for kids.

hiking
5 days ago

I have hike this trail many times it’s always a pleasure. Very peaceful and every so often you’ll see some wildlife. Mission Trails Park is beautiful.

it was awesome

6 days ago

I have hiked this trail a few times. It is so close to where many of us live and very accessible.

I have done all the mission trails. Ok for an afternoon or morning walk

Ok for a walk

The big rock trail does not exist or connect can’t make the loop

Great trail for any age group and fur babies. I'm def not in shape and was fine. Rocky ground so my hiking boots helped immensely! Hiked Saturday around 530 pm and headed down as the sun was setting, perfect weather and time. Less ppl then the last time I went on a Sunday.

Good trail run for being in the city.

hiking
12 days ago

Uneventful and busy. If you are new to hiking its good though.

hiking
13 days ago

Favorite hike of all trails in Mission trails, short not too busy and will kick your butt with the steep area.

A lot quieter this way :) and you don’t really lose any distance from the “freeway” up the front

Hay que tener un poco de condición pero esta ruta esta muy buena para un día de entrenamiento, el paisaje es bonito y los senderos bien marcados, en el sendero de big rock hay poca gente, para llegar a cowles empieza a ver mas pero al tomar el sendero a pyles esta solo. Me tomo 3:25 con dos descansos y me marca 12.71 km recorridos.

Did this hike with my son this weekend and we really liked it. The views at the summit were beautiful and we caught some of the air show at Miramar.. that was a plus! Would recommend this trail and would definitely do it again

Views on the peak were nice but nothing too special. First couple of miles we could still see and hear the highway. Last third of the hike was very steep and strenuous. Good exercise.

trail running
21 days ago

Used to run this regularly in college, did again while visiting friends due to proximity. Perpetually busy, worn out trail. Much better options out there!

Starts out easy but it’s definitely a challenge towards the top. Great variety of difficulty, nice variety of scenery and some nice shaded areas.

on Pyles Peak Trail

hiking
26 days ago

Pretty good hiking trail

love this place, pretty good with a weight vest too.

hiking
1 month ago

Probably the best mission trails hike

Love this hike!
Good exercise. Great View. Close to home.

Really fun, and short. I usually go on longer more nature hikes but this was a good experience because of the nooks and crannies you climb through. I would definitely do it again, and if you are looking for a hike in the San Diego area this is a good one to consider!

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