Explore the most popular trail running 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.

We did an 6am morning hike and it was perfect not too many people going up or coming down.

Very easy to find, lots of parking. I took my 3 and 5 year olds. The trail was -very- steep. I'd suggest taking the other trail, barkers or something that (is right next to it) if you are with young kids. Would visit again, just not with the little ones.

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3 days ago

I’ve ran this trail about 4 times. Starts out extremely steep, then opens up. Fairly narrow paths, medium brush and tons of small trails that branch off in different directions. Beautiful view from the top. Very challenging trail run.

4 days ago

Short, easy and, with a beautiful points to relax.

4 days ago

Trail is EXTREMELY crowded on the weekend (even at 7 AM).
Overlooks urban sprawl.
Peak is dominated by an ugly transmission tower.
I think one star is generous.

Fun hike for any ages.

I thoroughly enjoyed this hike. I didn’t realize any challenge because I was far too busy enjoying the beautiful views, streams and weather. It was very quiet and provided an amazing peaceful hike I would definitely recommend this trail .

5 days ago


ok hike not much to see. Got some exercise in. I want to recant this "not much to see" after reading some history and the preservation effort of the landscape and original plants of San Diego it was a pretty cool hike ... ....

Beautiful trail with some good shade.

Great Trail for local MTB. Definitely a Must. Short but Sweet!

A really mild, relaxing hike! There is plenty of nature and rolling hills to see. Not much incline, and there is a pond at the base of the hike!


It was well kept and not highly trafficked.

Been hiking Cowles since 1986

Great hike! Some hills that were a great workout and otherwise a pleasant walk!

Nice trail, good challenge. I didn’t need walking sticks. In the morning the hills provide good shade during the steepest part of the climb. Great views from the summit.

I went with a group of kids! They kicked butt and I almost gave up:). But here I am, planning to go back! It was beautiful at the top and a couple people in our group went back to run the path... It was quite rocky at points and hiking boots would have been a good idea. Sunny- bring LOTS of water and a hat. Great place to see the neighborhood!

Went at night, the hike had awesome views of San Diego, including downtown. The trail was wide, in most parts with lots of switchbacks and fun, rocky terrain. Great hike overall!

Fantastic views. Moderately challenging depending on the level of sun and heat you're encountering. Bring more water than you need and do the hike clockwise so that the heavy incline (on the S.Fortuna side), is actually a decline.

13 days ago

Have to go back ✨

I wouldn't reccomend the north trail for mt biking unless you like hike !bike

If you are new to San Diego, it's a great way to get the lay of the land. Expect crowds and in our case, some unusual people hiking with Bluetooth speakers playing rap music for all to hear. Other than that, great views ranging from the ocean, downtown, East County, Mexico, San Jacinto Mountain near Palm Springs and even the San Bernardino mountains way off in the distance. Enjoy!

14 days ago

My favorite part about this hike is at the top it has a map telling you what landmarks are in each direction and you can see Mexico!

great when it isnt crowded!

Awesome views for sunset

Pretty good workout!

Great easy walk!

19 days ago

A flat and easy trail. Good for quick hike to enjoy the outdoors. Saw different types of birds. A descent outing.

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