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Bob BurdRoute Climbed: Golfcrest Drive Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2002  Sucess!

Bob Burd

A fun little hike, extremely popular it would seem judging from the high traffic.
Posted Nov 22, 2005 1:27 am

mountaingazelleRoute Climbed: Golfcrest Drive Date Climbed: November 1, 2005  Sucess!

mountaingazelle

Hiked to the top of Cowels Mountain while I was in San Diego for a couple days. I found out that it was only a 20 minute drive from the hotel I was staying at. Nice little mountain that is popular with the locals. Good view in all directions but a little smoggy that day.
Posted Nov 2, 2005 10:59 am

rocketsredglareRoute Climbed: All Date Climbed: 10's of times, maybe 100  Sucess!

rocketsredglare

Barker Dam, steeper fire trail, is the way to go. PR is 27 minutes up the regular trail.
Posted Oct 26, 2005 8:08 pm

tdoughtyRoute Climbed: various Date Climbed: 1964 to present  Sucess!

tdoughty

always nice
Posted Oct 16, 2005 12:43 pm

HSeldonRoute Climbed: Barker Way Date Climbed: August 27, 2005  Sucess!

HSeldon

This is my training hike, since it's very close to my house. I trained for Mt Whitney by lugging up my backpack a few times a week and it really helped build up my legs. This is a fairly easy hike and has great views of the city of San Diego. Barker way is a nice way to go up because you miss the hordes on the Golfcrest route and this way does not mess around with switchbacks. From the top of Cowles, I like to head over to Pyles Peak for a little extra mileage and elevation gain/loss. I should start keeping track of how many times I've climbed this peak, it's probably around 200.
Posted Aug 31, 2005 12:49 pm

flotzillaRoute Climbed: Santee side Date Climbed: October 2004  Sucess!

flotzilla

Good training hike.
Posted Dec 31, 2004 7:00 pm

Don NelsenRoute Climbed: everything Date Climbed: Feb. 20th, 1999  Sucess!

Don Nelsen

Great little run/hike and the closest good one to SD. Four main trail options. Climbed it about 50 times.
Posted Nov 10, 2004 11:36 pm

ShanoRoute Climbed: Golfcrest Date Climbed: lots  Sucess!

Shano

not much of a climb really, more like a walk in the dirt. I like doing this one on weeknights after the sun goes down so as not to get all the trail traffic.
Posted Oct 28, 2004 3:08 pm

MgrossRoute Climbed: Fire road from Barker Way Date Climbed: All the time  Sucess!

Mgross

This is a great training hike as long as you avoid the mall/conveyor belt trails (from Golfcrest Dr.). Take the time to head over to Pyles peak when finished with Cowles. It is well worth it.
Posted Jul 19, 2004 6:49 pm

lidijagrazulisRoute Climbed: Fire road Date Climbed: Countless times  Sucess!

lidijagrazulis

My favorite approach is the steeper fire road, but the normal trail is fun too.
Posted Feb 19, 2004 1:44 pm

kk6ybRoute Climbed: south Date Climbed: 1995-2002  Sucess!

kk6yb

Numerous hikes to the summit from the south, a couple from the east side.
Posted Sep 30, 2003 11:36 am

ElwoodRoute Climbed: Mostly from Santee, although once & awhile from San Carlos. Date Climbed: Many Times!  Sucess!

Elwood

Wow! This brings back memories. I used to hike this mountain all the time, in preparations for the Sierra. I always enjoyed my time spent on Cowles Mountain!
Posted Apr 20, 2003 9:21 pm

pilz8Date Climbed: often  Sucess!

pilz8

I live right near this peak and hike it a few times a week, a nice conditioner!
Posted Jan 5, 2003 9:15 pm

Ryan BurdRoute Climbed: South Approach Date Climbed: Dec 23, 2002

Ryan Burd

My dad lead me to the top of my first mountain that I climbed without aid (ie. without being carried). I also got to do lots of bouldering along the way - giving my dad even more gray hairs. More photos.
Posted Jan 1, 2003 12:48 am

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