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Cowles Mountain

San Diego, CA
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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 3 weeks ago
Danny V
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Carlsbad, United States
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Definitely do this hike. 😎

It’s a decent hike near the city and a good time with a nice view at the top. Wear good shoes so... read more

Reviewed 4 weeks ago
Alouken
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San Diego, California
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  • Very good33%
  • Average10%
  • Poor1%
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“great hike”(9 reviews)
“trail head”(5 reviews)
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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

Thank Danny V
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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

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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

Thank Laura L
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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:)

Thank marlaher
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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

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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

Thank docholiday174
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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

Thank Travelin41126
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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

Thank Glenn W
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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!

Thank Sarah R
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Reviewed 11 September 2017 via mobile

Really enjoyed afternoon walk up Cowles Mountain. I left from Mount Cowles Road end, along trails onto dirt road towards summit. Good views of Santee and suburbs surrounded by mountains. Not many people. Summit was good with hazed views of San Diego. Good challenging walk...More

Thank Barramax
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