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Easy trail. Lots of shade along the way and a beautiful view of the creek!

Beautiful, short trail!

Good trail, way to many people.

Gives a decent view of the city and not too bad if you are in shape. Good workout
30 mins up 30 mins down

Decent. Not too long that you can’t take kids. Fairly small and a light walk

A decent outing; views of the golf course and California landscape. Power & gas lines running through so it’s not a nature retreat kind of hike. It’s nice for an easy close way to be outside; fun to explore the canyon.

Nice LONG walk! Not crowded.

Such a nice hike!

Easy hike, wide trails without much elevation gain. Great for beginners, family outings, or getting back into it. A fair amount of other hikers, including horses. Not enough to be crowded, but enough to know you're not going to be forgotten and eaten by mountain lions.

It’s a beautiful trail next time I’ll go when it’s not so over cast

3 days ago

Pretty easy and cool way to see the city. Wear supportive running shoes as it’s mostly all concrete and can be a pain with less than forgiving footwear just ask my feet

5 days ago

Excellent trail! I hiked up Cowles Mountain and continued onto Pyles Peak just beyond the vista point. The summit was 1,379 ft. I continued north towards the community on Mission Gorge Road attempting the 5-Peak Shuttle, but fell short at the third peak, Kwaay Paay Summit--1,194 ft. I had begun at noon and the brush was very bad on the north side descending down to Mission Gorge Road causing me to run out of daylight after 5 1/2 hours. I hiked to Kwaay Paay Summit in the dark before heading out. I completed the hike to Pyles Peak summit in 2 1/2 hours.

Saturday was a warm, sunny day. The trail was busy but it was hardly noticed among the beautiful panoramic view. It was not until I was at the Summit did I notice the people as the numerous small groups gathered to take in the view.

This is a great hiking trail around the Visitor Center. Don't forget to check out the Grinding Rocks trail off this trail - beautiful layers of rocks along a stream of water. Easy hike & fun!

Great when there has been enough rain to keep the creek flowing and grasses are green. Ok when it’s dry.

Starts easy by nature trail then transitions to moderate.

Man this was a strenuous hike! I enjoyed it minus the 52 traffic noise. That was kind of a buzz kill. There are several different trails that branch out from the north perimeter trail. Overall fun hike, bring your poles and shoes with good traction!

Fun hike, we really enjoyed this trail.

Beautiful trail .. the end is worth it

Pretty boring hike.

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