Cowles Mountain Trail

MODERATE 836 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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For only a 20 min ride outside of downtown, this hike has a great payoff. Views into the mountains and of the urban San Diego area make this a great hike for people who may be visiting. Tends to be crowded though...

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Great hiking path

6 days ago

Terrible hike due to overcrowding...

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The first time I came here was back in 2015 for my family reunion...my cousin and I climbed halfway and since then I always wanted to go back and conquer it. Well, last week I forfilled my dream and since then I have climbed it twice! In my honest opinion I do believe you won't be disappointed by this hike. However, their are a lot of people you will pass going up and coming down.

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