Pyles Peak Trail

MODERATE 666 reviews

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.

Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 1,778 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dogs on leash

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nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

views

wild flowers

over grown

hiking
7 days ago

Cowels, Pykes

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rocky
scramble
1 month ago

This is 5.8 miles, not 5.1. The Cowles Mountain portion is in very poor condition, with a great deal of erosion and it is rocky the entire way. Lots of loose rocks and sand as well. This portion is very crowded, with lots of dogs, and people with amplified music. The Pyles Peak portion is a much nicer trail, you will hike alone, and you even have some shade along the way, although if you’re not used to it it is pretty brutal at the end to get to Pyle‘s Peak.

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1 month ago

We stayed off the main Cowles path and came up via Barker Way path. Kept us away from main crowd for Cowles. From Cowles to Pyles was a really pretty hike- definitely a lot of sun, so plenty of water!

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rocky
1 month ago

Fun trail!! Tough uphill sections especially right at the end to Pyles Peak. Start early! That sun is no joke.

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rocky
1 month ago

heavy intwresante..beautiful view

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rocky
2 months ago

Better and more peaceful than just Cowles.

hiking
2 months ago

nice scenic route, decent workout.

hiking
2 months ago

Great trail. Not much shade though!

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bugs
no shade
scramble
2 months ago

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over grown
rocky
scramble
2 months ago

Take the Cowles Mountain trail and summit 2 peaks in one go. Did this early to avoid excessive foot traffic and bugs. Great work out and epic views. Pyles Peak is an unabashed gem. Few people venture off to this peak but it’s perfect for intermediate to advance trail runners and hikers who want to add distance and elevation to their routine. I highly recommend lots of water.

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2 months ago

A great hike as always. We ran into a new trail sign for pyles peak. Look forward to seeing that when they install it. Bring lots of water!

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rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
2 months ago

If you’re looking to intensify the regular cowles mountain hike then this would be perfect for you. I did this hike last Friday and it was fun. Once I reached the cowles mountain summit I continued onto the pyles peak trail. They weren’t many people on the pyles peak trail. The view is awesome once you reach pyles peak summit. This app classified this hike as moderate but the sign at the start point of the pyles peak trail stated “difficult” I would suggest taking lots of water on super hot days. There was a perfect combination of inclines and declines in this hike. Not too crazy but will definitely give you a good workout.

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Great trail but the first half up Cowles is very busy!

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2 months ago

Pyles is a great little addition if you are doing Cowles anyway. It adds a little less than 3 miles round trip but if you go early that side is in the shade while Cowles is already in full sun by 7am on some days. Watch for Red Diamond Rattlesnakes

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bugs
2 months ago

Hiked up the back way to Cowles and then from Cowles did this hike. It was tough, but a lot of fun! There are some parts with shade, but it’s mostly in the sun. Do this in the morning and bring lots of water.

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rocky
2 months ago

Amazing views for a night hike. Supposed to be haunted so was hoping to see some ghost but alas was rather peaceful.

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rocky
2 months ago

amazing

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rocky
3 months ago

Only did half to Cowles peak. Half way up make sure you a rock stack. beautiful view of ocean, Pointe Loma and Tijuana. The earlier the better as trail can get warm. Well traveled and marked trail.

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