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skottyNice hill  Sucess!


A nice training hill if you're in the San Diego area. It seems humorous to call it a "mountain" since it takes little more than 20 minutes for a brisk round trip. Nevertheless, its long enough to keep the heart rate up for training.
Posted Jul 8, 2007 3:46 pm

Jerry SMany routes many times  Sucess!

Jerry S

I have been up this thing so many times to keep in shape. You may have seen me. Big red backpack with 4 gallons of water in it wearing my bright yellow double plastic mountaineering boots.
Yeah, good times.
Posted Jul 5, 2007 5:58 pm

chudderMany routes, many dates  Sucess!


All trails taken, and then a couple of bushwhack approaches too :o\
Posted Apr 4, 2007 2:18 am

mnaturesonMy Backyard Mountain  Sucess!


This mountain is a five minute drive for me so I do it often. Usually several times a week when I'm training for a bigger climb in the Sierras or the desert. The views are great and it has several different routes that can keep you interested over and over. My favorite route: Barker way, up the east face. It meets with the main Golfcrest Trail half way up the mountain.
Posted Jan 23, 2007 4:17 pm

Day HikerGolfcrest Drive  Sucess!
Date Climbed: Oct 15, 2006

Day Hiker

20080608: Carried DayHikerJr and hiked with his Mommy.
20061015: Great morning workout and lots of friendly people on the trail. Up in 19:25.
20060923: Summited this fifteener (1591 feet) without oxygen. The Sherpas had to turn back at the Mesa Road junction, but I pushed on to the summit.
Posted Sep 24, 2006 10:19 am

NavySeabeeRoute Climbed: Golfcrest Drive  Sucess!


Hiked this with the wife and kiddies on a nice fall day.
Posted Aug 17, 2006 8:46 pm

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!


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!


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!


always nice
Posted Oct 16, 2005 12:43 pm

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


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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!


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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