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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Cowles Mountain is a great easy-moderate hike. Many people visiting this mountain. You can go with the family, friends or solo. Cowles Mountain is one of the Five Peak Challenges for Mission Trails. Is also good exercise and it has an amazing view when you...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank vannesagP8631YX
Reviewed June 12, 2019

There is a great hiking trail that goes up Cowles mountain. It is about 3 miles to the top and of course is uphill. Do bring water as it can be very hot in the summer. The view up top is great and you can...More

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank gzau
Reviewed March 12, 2019

This hike has two trails that I enjoy for different reasons: The west face hike starting at Golfcrest road is a fantastic everyday after work exercise hike. You can reach the summit in less than 40 minutes at an average fitness level. However, this makes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Voltemond
Reviewed July 13, 2018 via mobile

I took the Big rock trail up from big rock park. You take the trail then join the safe but boring access road up to the top of Cowles. I wish the trail were more covered and, after the road, more interesting. There are trash...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank LDavidMarquet
Reviewed April 29, 2018 via mobile

This is definitely a must do hike in San Diego. The views are simply amazing. I would say medium level difficulty. It took us ~60 minutes to get to the summit and ~45 minutes to get back to our car, with dogs. We took the...More

Date of experience: April 2018
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Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

It’s a decent hike near the city and a good time with a nice view at the top. Wear good shoes so you don’t slip on the rocks or dirt going up or down. One bottle of water is adequate when it’s not too hot...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Alouken
Reviewed April 2, 2018 via mobile

Started on the back side as other reviewers had suggested, taking Big Rock trail up from a public park. It started ok, passing an old burned area and climbing above a neighborhood, and about 1/2 way up we hit a service road that was very...More

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Lauralanglois
Reviewed January 21, 2018

Park at Big Rock park in Santee and hike up the back. Steep, longer, but less crowded. Lots of stairs and rocks at the start, but a really beautiful hike:)

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank marlaher
Reviewed December 30, 2017

Our family hiked this area during Christmas. Lots of hikers, the trail is moderate in difficulty. At the peaks of each trails, some beautiful views of areas. I would suggest to bring lots of water, however there were no restrooms on the trails that we...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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Reviewed December 30, 2017 via mobile

Very good hike for how close it is to San Diego. Hiked it on Saturday morning. Showed up at the trail head for 0900. Parking lot packed and hundreds of people on various parts of the trail. Declined this so drove around to the backside...More

Date of experience: December 2017
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