Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail is a 4.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santee, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Cowles Mountain from Big Rock is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Santee, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
It was my first San Diego Hike. It was a good hike for a workout if you walk briskly. The terrain is not too difficult. There are spots of slippery gravel/rocks that you just need to take your time going down. Towards the top it got steep and felt like a great workout. Views were beautiful! I saw dogs, kids and teens doing the hike. We took almost two hours to complete. We had a bottle of water at the top and a bottle at the end.
The hike to Cowles Mountain Peak from Big Rock Park is OK until you hit the service road which is pretty drab. There were not many people on this trail, but at the top there were a surprising number. They come up from a different path to a completely different trail head. I started going down that path just to check it out but there were so many people on it that it was actually not pleasant. Once at the top of Cowles Mtn Peak, the best part of the trail is really to hike the extra mile and a half over to Pyles Peak. It is clearly marked as the Pyles Peak Trail. The trail is beautiful. It goes through interesting wild flowers and even some unusual cactus. The views all along that trail are excellent.
The first mile and a half of this trail is lovely. However, once you get on the service road part it is one mile basically straight up. Yes, a mile of consecutive steep pitches, each steeper than the last, and no shade. Enjoy!
Pretty easy. But fun if you're a beginner
Argelyn Rose M.
Love this trail not many travel the Big Rock Trail so it's nice
I love cowles! It's super close to SDSU so I'd do it on my breaks! It only takes me about an hour to an hour and a half round trip! It's short but soo steep so you'll definitely get a great workout in! Gorgeous at sunset too!