Explore the most popular birding trails near San Diego with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

You have to go up
Cowles to make it to Pyles!!! 5hrs Hike

hiking
1 day ago

This was a great hike and nice way to add some more distance / challenge to Cowells Mountain. The Hardest part for me was the climb back to Cowells Mountain from Pyles Peak, it was right when my legs started to get really tired! Make sure to plan accordingly on a hot day this hike would be brutal. Well worth the views.

decent trail, easy walk to stream. this hike tends to be crowded around the stream with multiple routes to get there.

Nice mix of easy walking and some inclines. There wasn’t much water throughout but the beautiful rock formations and variety of flat open spaces and bush laden trails was totally worth it! While there were a fair amount of folks at the trail, the space is large enough that it was still peaceful.

Nice hike, not to busy. Enjoyed it.

Nice hike. Recommend including Pyles Peak when you go.

Desent flat hike, waterfall was more of a stream but good hike

This is.a great trail with great views of San Diego Bay that’s about 2 miles round trip. It is almost completely downhill for the first mile and of course you must come back up for the second mile. I notice that it says wheelchair friendly....I don’t think so. The first quarter of a mile is paved. The rest is dirt and rocks.

AMPLIFIED MUSIC IS NOT ALLOWED. Please respect your fellow hikers. This is not your personal gym. Nobody wants to hear your music. Just use headphones and we’ll all get along great :)

hiking
4 days ago

Great view. Nice extra after finishing cowels

It was a short inclining trek to the top. Heavily populated with hikers, dogs, and trail runners of all experience. Despite getting there around 8am on a weekday, the trail was still quite crowded. Terrain was sandy, rocky, with lots of loose gravel. View was nice.

Nice, quick hike!

Nice light trail

Great workout and great views!

Favorite walk. Used to walk this everyday when I lived in PB.

Mostly flat or you can choose hills that loop back to main trail.

A good more like a walk in the park hike. Some bike traffic but overall very quiet send peaceful. A few folks at the water fall.

It is true what other reviews have stated about this hike. You get the perfect combination of beautiful scenery, not too technical paths, and incline grades that are gradual and very bearable.

The only real negatives are the hard to find parking and some dog poop scattrered through out the trail (a knock on some of the dog owners). Despite this though I will be a regular here moving forward.

hiking
8 days ago

Once you pass the traffic jam on Cowles Mountain, the trails is nice and peaceful. Great view from the peak.

hiking
8 days ago

Too crowded with lots of folks blasting music. Not my idea of a good hike.

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