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Close in, hot and disty

I took the Big rock trail up from big rock park. You take the trail then join the safe but boring... read more

Reviewed 14 July 2018
Tampa, Florida
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Take the Big Rock Trail head option

This is definitely a must do hike in San Diego. The views are simply amazing. I would say medium... read more

Reviewed 30 April 2018
Carlsbad, California
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Reviewed 14 July 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 30 April 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
2  Thank 294dannyv
Reviewed 29 April 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 2 April 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 22 January 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 31 December 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
Thank williamrE6870OT
Reviewed 31 December 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
Thank docholiday174
Reviewed 27 November 2017

I will start off by saying I didn't get to the top. My wife's heart just wasn't in it. And it was probably a good thing, because coming back down all the way from the top would have been a bit of a problem for...More

Date of experience: November 2017
1  Thank Travelin41126
Reviewed 26 October 2017

I was encouraged to do this with my younger 20 something hiking mates. Although I thought I would give up only half way up, I did it, although I did stop a lot along the way. Well, what do you expect from a somewhat out...More

Date of experience: August 2017
Thank Glenn W
Reviewed 20 September 2017

We took hike up the mountain. it can be quite steep if you are a hiking beginner. You can get all the way up to the top and the views are breathtaking! even on the way down!

Date of experience: September 2017
Thank Sarah R
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