Pyles Peak via Barker Way

MODERATE 86 reviews

Pyles Peak via Barker Way is a 5.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near San Diego, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking.

Distance: 5.4 miles Elevation Gain: 1,676 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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14 days ago

Great for trail running. Alternative to regular ol Cowles.

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2 months ago

Great little trail, awesome alternative to the circus going on on cowles main trail, barker trail ends and leaves you on said three ring circus for the last switchbacks, circus ends at Pyles trailhead, in the summer I have seen more snakes here then any other trail in the park so bring the kids! Jk, it’s totally safe. Some uncanny views from all over this trail. Pyles is uphill both ways so be prepared!

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2 months ago

One of the best MT has to offer!

7 months ago

Great hike! Once you get passed the busy cowles summit, Pyles trail is empty! Decent shade on this trail. Some wild flowers here, but not as scenic as other trails in Mission Trails Regional Park. Didn't see any snakes, so that was a bonus!! I highly recommend parking on Barker Way... plenty of parking and you can avoid the crowds on Cowles main trail. Enjoy!

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8 months ago

These trails need to be better monitored. That’s why I’m deducting a star. Tons of people with dogs off leash, making a narrow, rocky trail in sections that much harder to navigate. Plus there are people hiking with speaking blaring. It’s not enough to no earlier anymore it appears. Glad this was my last of the five peaks. Will not be coming back.

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8 months ago

Great once you get past the Cowels crowd. At least coming up Barker is much less busy.

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8 months ago

The poppies were blooming by Pyles peak. We did this trail with our 35lb packs to train for the trans-Catalina trail. Very crowded on a weekend.

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11 months ago

if you plan on hiking Cowless Mtn, this is a much better way up. The first half of the trail up Cowless is not crowded at all. Once the trail merges with the normal trail you hit the crowds though.. i like the second half a lot though. as you head to Pyles you are once again out of the crowds of people.. this is a great fun hike if you are in town and dont want to drive far.

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Sat Nov 17 2018

pyles peak is one of my favorite hikes in san diego. it offers a challenge in incline, tons of photo ops, and beautiful views!

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