Big Rock Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santee, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
It is a very beginner trail
Nice moderate hike that eventually connects with the Cowels summit trail. Very sparsely populated along the trail unlike the Cowel's side that is always packed. Some steep inclines and overall a good hike.
This was my first hike with my dog and it's great for beginners that are in ok shape. I started at the trail head by Big Rock Park and the incline wasn't too bad. The trail gets steeper towards the end of the trail. There are no shade areas and is light to moderate trafficked. The bonus was the dog bowls about the 3/4 mark with water for dogs. It seems to be a take some/ leave some watering hole. Overall nice hike with ok views that is an alternate lead in to Cowles Mt.
Not bad. Trail well marked. Takes you to the top of Cowles, but there are side trails too. People bring extra water and leave it for the dogs. There are even dog bowls. One at the half point and the other at the top. Love a dog community. Super hot trail. My dog went through 6 bottles. 1 1/2 was poured on him. Not that many people until you get to the top since the other side is Cowles mountain people. I would rather go this longer route then fight my way through the crowd from the Golfcrest entry of Cowles. Just a mile .2 longer. Not a beginner hike especially in the heat. Definitely high moderate. It's steep towards the top. I'm an avid hiker and I was breathing hard the entire time.
Challenging and fun ... And hot