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YEMQuick and Easy  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2017


Next time I'll explore farther than just the summit. Great views of downtown and the ocean.
Posted Jan 18, 2018 1:30 am

chizoadExcellent though crowded  Sucess!
Date Climbed: May 27, 2017
Beautiful mountain in full bloom in late May. Buckwheat covering the south facing slope, some yucca that were in seed, sage, and just about everything else that flowered was doing so. Rabbits, doves, hummingbirds, bees.

The best way for me to enjoy Cowles is to avoid the throngs of people on the South trail as much as possible. I prefer the Barker Way trailhead as the starting point for this reason. My typical path follows Barker Way until it meets the South trail near the top. Then I come down the (insanely steep) fire road for a nice loop.
Posted May 31, 2017 3:42 pm

sgb02dDas it mane
Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2016


Done from the backside and the main route many times. Busiest trail in San Diego, possibly the world.
Posted May 27, 2016 6:44 pm

IronHikerHuman ant hill  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2014


Looked like an ant hill with so many people coming up and down.
Posted Aug 2, 2015 2:18 pm

Lenny72Cowles Mountain Summit  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2007


This was my first climb of many, many here. I climbed this from the steeper, far less crowded fire road before I moved here. I use this mountain to train for much bigger objectives in the Cascades (Mount Rainier, Mount Adams), High Sierra (Mount Whitney, Mount Langley), etc.. Originally from Connecticut, this mountain is named after a businessman who moved from Hartford, CT to San Diego. It is frequently mispronounced as COWles as in cow instead of the correct pronunciation "Coals". Excellent views of San Diego County, the Pacific Ocean and Mexico from the top.
Posted Aug 27, 2014 8:29 pm

hgrapidVery crowded  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2014


Probably a few hundred people in the early evening were hiking to the summit, many running. Many beautiful ladies.
Posted Jul 22, 2014 10:50 pm

Lenny72Re: Very crowded


Yes, you are right on about the crowds AND the beautiful ladies, lol!
Posted Aug 27, 2014 8:30 pm

Ted BauerFast and Fun  Sucess!

Ted Bauer

Fast and fun hike. Its usually pretty crowded, but that can be a good think to push you on your training runs.
Posted Dec 3, 2013 7:37 pm

cabGolfcrest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2012


First of seven easy San Diego peaks for the day.
Posted Jan 2, 2013 1:20 pm

surgentOvercast day  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2012


In town for a conference, hiked the peak with many others. Easy, straightforward. Cloudy day made views kind of hard to come by. The scenery on the trails was better.
Posted Nov 19, 2012 11:51 am

SurfinPeakScienceLuna  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2012


Beauty of LunaLight hike!
Posted Nov 18, 2012 7:46 pm

telemarkdudeGreat Trail Run  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 8, 1990


Nice trail run with awesome view on top.
Posted Nov 12, 2012 3:41 pm

cragsuprising solitude  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2008


Hiked this for the first time with a friend, from the Mission View Estates trail head starting at around 10AM. Didn't see a single other person. The few time's I've been back it has been very crowded.

Nice little workout, and of course the views are excellent.

Posted May 18, 2012 4:52 pm

elianestar12Fitness Fun  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2012


Summited twice for the first time the other day. Always fun to get a group together and do Cowles as a night hike during a full moon.
Posted Jan 28, 2012 12:45 am

PrzemekNot so bad  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2011
EASY....This is non technical, pertty easy to do climb. It's more for fitness, as you gain elevation fairly quickly. Not a lot shade there, so bring lotion in the summer. Park in the park or on the street. Summit is pretty nice, views 360. Next time will try running up there as I saw them on my way up.
Posted Dec 21, 2011 8:45 pm

kavakFrom Golfcrest  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2011


My wife and I hiked the trail from Golfcrest and Navajo. This is probably the most crowded hike I have ever been on and it was a Monday. Lots of trail runners which is surprising because you would think they would run on a less crowded trail.
Posted Nov 29, 2011 11:51 am

twigasaurusSunrise hike  Sucess!


This is definitely a popular trail. I've been out there a number of times, and there are always at least a few other hikers. I've seen the sun rise from the top, as well as the moon rise another time.
Posted Sep 22, 2011 11:28 pm

DenjemCowles or however you say it  Sucess!


Many, many, many times.
Posted Apr 19, 2011 2:46 pm

WallylongridgeCrowded   Sucess!
Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2011


I did this hike with 200 of my best friends.
Posted Apr 8, 2011 11:54 am

WildFun hike  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Jun 17, 2008


Good little workout hill!
Posted Oct 28, 2010 1:10 am

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