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I did this as part of a 25K trail race, looping up and down and around all the mountain paths. The course was set up to be all about elevation so that made it really hard. Also the down hills were brutal but again that's how the course was set up. The interior trails with few exceptions were "technical" meaning rocky, really rocky, from all the storms.

Very easy compared to other trails. Mostly flat trail with a fun rocky area with a stream at the end. Being a snack and have a picnic!

First time here, and was meditating by a tree grove, and tied my dog to a branch. Fifteen minutes into my meditation, I heard a leaf crack behind the tree and over my shoulder I saw a coyote salivating at my doggo. I barked to the high heavens and he cowered. Dog owners beware!

Took the service road trail. Less people than the front side.

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2 days ago

Easy hike. Ok views from the top. Too many mountain bikers.

@kenknecht you are spot on with your review. Definitely the down side of Cowles

❤️ this trail! It is our "go to" for a "down & dirty workout" as my boyfriend says. Takes about an hour and you get a fantastic workout. Working on doing the 5 peak challenge. Has anyone else done it??

After doing Cowles, this is a walk in the park. Was expecting more of a challenge. I guess it depends on your fitness level, but we found this trail to be very easy.