Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

hiking
18 hours 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.

Fun hike, we really enjoyed this trail.

Beautiful trail .. the end is worth it

Pretty boring hike.

This whole area has a lot of hiking options, obscure back trails, and spots to post up. it was really nice to see the large amount of flowing water.

loved the stairway to haven

hiking
2 days ago

Nice view

gotta love the steps near the end! great workout and great view.

I took this walk at night for the serenity. it was very pleasant. the suspension bridge was very nice, the old houses and buildings were beautiful. Really nice time.

Great hike and nice trail and view at the top. Only bad part is the high amount of traffic. Best to go on a week day if possible.

Nice hike if you can keep going at a steady pace. Too crowded for my taste, had to stop too many times for others. Seems more like a tourist hike. Going to try again, maybe super early = less crowds?

It was a good hike and the trail was pretty clean, sucks when it's busy-constantly passing ppl coming back down

Good for trail running.

Great moderate hike up Cowles, in a rural area with urban views. Super rewarding views of San Diego County!

Uphill walk amongst big boulders, may even see a climber or 2. Walk back the way you came or do the loop back down to the road.

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