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Slippery but s great hike

great hike

Great, easy walk for beginners. Nice to slow things down a little. There is a steepish hill though so plan accordingly.

trail running
2 days ago

2 days ago

did a portion of it but veered off on some other trail. would do it again!

easy well walked clean trail!

I love Cowles! I arrived around 5am and watched the sun rise from the top around 6 or 6:30.

Pros: Amazing views from the top in all directions, not technically difficult, not incredibly long.

Cons: Poor parking (albeit free), man made switchbacks, extremely crowded.

2 days ago

Lovely ducks and geese. The yellow wild flowers are awesome!

Not a trail so much as a rocky gravel and dirt service road for sewer and power lines, this route offers solitude, interesting vegetation, good bird and wildlife watching, and a seasonal stream that runs near, next to, or possibly on the "trail." Unfortunately, the route is eroded and unpleasantly rocky, washed out, or muddy after recent rains. It also runs past sewer mains and under power lines, both of which are an eyesore. The upper route of the lollipop loop had beautiful wildflowers when I hiked it in late March, but sadly the upper route is overgrown to the point of being uncomfortable. So while this route offers several interesting and possibly beautiful scenes, I can't give it more than 3 stars considering its significant issues.

2 days ago

NOTE: $3 for parking, cash only - no change

Streams, waterfall. About 7 miles roundtrip. Several side paths that all lead you back to the main path. Green all around, wide path, dogs on leash allowed.

Strollers (jogging) and mountain bikes. Kids and dog loves it. If you want to play on the water fall, bring change of shoes.