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“cowles mountain trail”

Mission Trails Regional Park
Ranked #85 of 452 things to do in San Diego
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Just a few minutes from downtown San Diego, Mission Trails Regional park has hiking trails, campgrounds, fishing, picnic facilities, and lots of wide open spaces. Run, bike or walk and enjoy the beautiful and peaceful scenery.
Reviewed March 8, 2014

I've read that this trail is an easy trail. I exercise 6 days a week and trust me when I say, it is difficult. It took us 45 minutes to come down.....so what does that say. I lost track of time going up but it was probably
1 1/2 hours. This is a 1 1/2 mile trail that is relatively steep and rocky. There are MANY switchbacks. The view is nice but let's just say I'm glad I did it once but I'd never do it again.

Thank saalfeldk68
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Reviewed February 9, 2014

This is my daily workout place! Can run trails or surface and mix up your run or walk with hills or flat. Check out the visitor trail loop, lots of water after the last rain.
Plenty of parking and an overflow lot. Clean restrooms and bathrooms and the visitor center.and some interesting rotating artwork. Though the campsite is closed for overnight parking is open for
day use and also has a great restroom. Behind the campsite is also a great walk.

1  Thank Terry S
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Reviewed January 7, 2014 via mobile

Within the urban sprawl of San Diego is a pleasant park for the outdoor-minded folks. Mission Trails has hiking and mountain biking trails. Some are short and easy, while other loops can be combined for a longer trail. Difficulty is moderate with some steep but short sections. Nice wide trails are well marked. Nice views of the city from the various peak trails. If you want to hike and get away from the crowds for a while this place works. Be aware car parking inside park is limited to 5pm when they lock the gates.

Thank B T
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Reviewed October 28, 2013

Mission Trails has become a place that I visit often. It is a great place to hike, with numerous trails and a variety of natural landscaping to enjoy, as well as opportunities to hike up to relatively scenic view points and the tops of peaks. I also enjoy the climbing routes available on the Climber's Loop Trail. They include a range of difficulties as well as the ability to top rope, sport climb, and trad climb. It can sometimes get a little crowded on the weekends when the weather is nice, but there's often open routes during the week and "off" times.

Thank camborlingo
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Reviewed October 22, 2013

People who live in San Diego County love Mission Trails Regional Park because of the quiet serenity, the fragrant chaparral, the river, rocks, hills and oaks and the splendid visitor's center -- a wonderful building. Watching ducks splash in the sparkling San Diego River takes you far far away from the traffic's rush and bustle. Sitting in the beautiful library watching the lightning on a stormy afternoon is a great experience. There are fun exhibits for kids and regular film screenings. Plenty of places to bike and hike and picnic. Near the old dam, built by local indians overseen by the Spanish Padres. On the way to San Diego's back country and the Anza Borrego desert. Bring a hat, a drink and sunscreen. Don't forget to lock your car (not just here, everywhere). Have a great time --- it's free!

Thank savolkhov
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