Cowles Mountain Trail

MODERATE 905 reviews

Cowles Mountain Trail is a 3 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
918 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

no shade

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50 minutes ago

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10 hours ago

This is what I refer to as a "Shopping Mall Hike". If you want some serenity, go at 6am on a weekday. Otherwise you'll be surrounded by bobbleheads the whole time. The added benefit however, if you go during the on-peak hours, is to feast your eyes on all the college student eye candy :) If you want to do a real summit trek though, go for the Fortunas a few clicks northwest.

2 days ago

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3 days ago

Fun hike. Took us 60 minutes on the dot. Lots of rock formations, so wear well tread shoes. Saw a rattle, to be expected. The top is a good hang out spot with lots of areas to relax, have a snack, look at views. Many will bring water and leave it up at the top for dogs. There are bathrooms at the trailhead and a very small parking lot. You can find a spot on the road.

5 days ago

Its nice hike! Good for beginners!

6 days ago

is moderate for beginners.. but is a cool place to start... we did around 88 minutes total..

the good thing about this place is if you go around June the sun is behind the mountain so you can go just after sunrise and you get shade.

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7 days ago

Nice hike

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7 days ago

This is my go-to short but intense hike! 1.5 miles of steep switchbacks all the way up. You'll be in the sun so bring water! Always crowded, so remember proper hiking etiquette :)

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10 days ago

Relax and enjoyable!

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