Cowles Mountain from Barker Way is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length2.3 miElevation gain826 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashKid friendlyHikingMountain bikingWalkingBird watchingRunningViewsRockyNo shade
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Bryan Bowman
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Not much shade but overall fun trail. Much better than the service road route imo

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Dru S
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Clean n clear all the way to the top

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Valorie Hirsch
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For me, brutal. Next time I’ll go when it’s not 80 degrees with sun beaming down, that’s my own fault, but as someone who suffers from chronic asthma, this was difficult for me. Great way for me to condition though so I’ll be back, just when it’s cooler. Going down I slipped a few times but my poles made it a lot more manageable. I got some work to do damnit!!

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Oscar Alejandro Chávez
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Great hike with moon rising over the foggy night sky.

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ernie lopez
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Daniel Poulson
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Brian Barr
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Gina da Rosa
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Nice temps tonight

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Oscar Alejandro Chávez
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This is by far my favorite trail to Cowles Mountain summit. Can be a bit intimidating at night, though. Just take your cautions, be alert, and enjoy your hiking.

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JL Cargs
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Livia Songster
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fun, hard if you are out of shape like me. the service road is pretty steep going down - wear good shoes!

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Leslie Wilson
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Charlie Callahan
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Oscar Alejandro Chávez
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Melissa Brown
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Daniel Schrandt
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great hike, no crowd

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Oscar Alejandro Chávez
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Night hike with some rain and distant coyote howls. Beautiful as always.

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Nicholas Grassano
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Oscar Alejandro Chávez
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Nice evening hike.

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M. Tolley
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Coming from hiking in the White Mountains of NH, I would call this luxury hiking, with a trail that is generally smooth (yes to some jutting stones, but no big deal!) and easy to navigate switch backs which make for an easy, leisurely ascent. I am not sure why this is rated “moderate”; I felt it was easier than moderate. Our day was spectacular, with beautiful cloud formations against deep blue skies. I found the views really wonderful~ “urban hiking” at its best!

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Oscar Alejandro Chávez
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Nice after dusk hike.

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John Walsh
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Randy Biehl
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Kathryn Colvin
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Crowded on a Saturday but not as bad as the Cowles Trail

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Oscar Alejandro Chávez
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Nice hike at night. Even nicer with pleasant petrichor smells all the way up and down.

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Randy Pedregon
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Nite hike

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Ricardo Canpbell
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Great

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Dee ☺ .
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Oscar Alejandro Chávez
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So beautiful, lonely and calm at night, after the crowds have gone.

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