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Pyles Peak Trail is a 5.3 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 best used from October until June. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.3 mi Elevation gain 1,778 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Bird watching

Running

Views

Wild flowers

Over grown

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Nick Pippin
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Biljana Pendovska
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The part of the Cowless side was very crowded, 80% of the people didn’t wear a mask, so not very enjoyable. The second part to the Pyles peak was great, very few people, some shade and not very steep.

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Lourdes Enriquez
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The amount of people at Cowles mountain is ridiculous! We did not stop there, we hiked to Pyles peak and watched sunset. We had the peak to ourselves. On the way back to Cowles it was dark and only about 4 people were there. This mountain is a great workout for sure. Come prepared if you come during the day. Bring necessities such as water and good traction shoes. Follow me on IG: @lulu_and_nature

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Wesley Lynch
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HikingNo shade

Good hike. Was warm, bring water. Took barker way entrance to cowles and went to pyles from there. Not many people on trail. Only saw 2 on the pyles trail.

Eric Kahler
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Rebecca McKee
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Like everyone else has said, the Cowles portion is crazy busy. Even early on a Wednesday the trail was packed. 20 or more groups at the summit around 9am. The Pyles portion however is much nicer, far less crowded, and a much more beautiful trail. The view is also very nice, you can see all five peaks very well from Pyles. Can’t wait to do the five peak challenge.

Arnaud Préjent
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Katherine Gandarilla
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grownRocky

I went hiking to this a month ago & it’s super beautiful it has a lot of flowers that have over grown. Super rocky, along hike! (Maybe because I took a lot of breaks?)

Stephanie Jordi
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Kathy Brinkmann Pellissier
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Hiking

Beautiful hike!

Kent West
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Hiking

Go past Cowles and do Pyles, the crowds disappear!

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ben ziemski
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CROWDED. Tons of people all over Cowles. Much more sparse towards Pyle's.

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Weekend Warrior
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Hiking

Great workout, the last stretch to Pyles gives a good leg burn. Once you are past Cowels the crowds die down. Amazing views from the top. Would not recommend for beginners.

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Daniel Kusper
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Hiking

Another great day in mission trails. By the time I was coming down the mountain at 9 there was tons of people on the way up. Always bring plenty of water and plan you won’t be parking right at the trail head.

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Kara T
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The trail past Cowles is nicer and much less crowded, but the view from Cowles at the top and on the way down is very good, so both parts of this trail have something to offer. Mountain lilac blooming like anything right now.

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Alisha Caldwell
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Kyle Williams
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Rebekah Cooper
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Clage Dodson
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Hiking

Climbing the first mountain is packed with people and fairly intense workout. Decent views once you get to the top. 95% of people turn back after the first peak, champions push forward descending down the adjacent side of the mountain and beginning the ascend to Pyles Peak. Hit two peaks in one trail, Pyles peak is way more laid back and better views. There was a rattlesnake on the trail at one point so just be aware. Great peaks and great workout.

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Gabe Hernandez
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HikingRocky

I came here just to hike Cowles mountain trail and didn’t realize until I got to the top about this extended trail to Pyles peak! The trail from the top of Cowles was much less crowded. I probably saw 10 people on it vs the 100+ going up and down Cowles. Much more beautiful landscape views too. Not my favorite trail of all time, but definitely recommend

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Alexis Alexis Diaz
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solid, busy trail

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