Cowles Mountain from Big Rock Trail

MODERATE 201 reviews

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.

DISTANCE
4.9 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1230 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

hiking

trail running

walking

views

rocky

hiking
58 minutes ago

Best trail up Cowles. Do it at least once.

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13 hours ago

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4 days ago

hiking
5 days ago

Quite a nice route up Cowles with much less foot traffic. The service road is my next goal. Plan on going up with my bike theu that route

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11 days ago

hiking
14 days ago

I love this trail and suited for my training! It isn't too rocky and crowded than the Cowles Mountain Trailhead. It is a longer route but it was worth it.

hiking
24 days ago

hiking
29 days ago

Cowles is busy during the weekends, this back side is a lot better then continue on to Pyles Peak.

hiking
1 month ago

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1 month ago

1 month ago

Good hike

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

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2 months ago

2 months ago

this app says this trail is moderate.. bit the signs say difficult.. I'm leaning to the difficult side. It was hot because I started closer to 9 a.m. instead of 7 which was my goal... but.. considering the direct sun and really no shade.. especially as you get closer to the summit 7 is probably still too late for a July day.
All in all, I would do it again but earlier... much earlier or in the fall or winter.
But hey, got some good exercise.

hiking
2 months ago

2 months ago

The incline was killer! great workout for those who aren't avid hikers. The people were amazing and the views at sunset were fantastic. I will definitely do this hike again.

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2 months ago

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2 months ago