Fun quick one that’s very crowded. Views were outstanding and perfect Feb weather. Think I’ll head over to Pyles Peak next.
Next time I'll explore farther than just the summit. Great views of downtown and the ocean.
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.
Done from the backside and the main route many times. Busiest trail in San Diego, possibly the world.
Looked like an ant hill with so many people coming up and down.
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.
Probably a few hundred people in the early evening were hiking to the summit, many running. Many beautiful ladies.
Yes, you are right on about the crowds AND the beautiful ladies, lol!
Fast and fun hike. Its usually pretty crowded, but that can be a good think to push you on your training runs.
First of seven easy San Diego peaks for the day.
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.
Beauty of LunaLight hike!
Nice trail run with awesome view on top.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many, many, many times.
I did this hike with 200 of my best friends.