Cowles Mountain Climber's Log

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johnm

johnm - Feb 19, 2018 12:44 am Date Climbed: Feb 18, 2018

Golfcrest  Sucess!

Fun quick one that’s very crowded. Views were outstanding and perfect Feb weather. Think I’ll head over to Pyles Peak next.

YEM

YEM - Jan 18, 2018 1:30 am Date Climbed: Dec 4, 2017

Quick and Easy  Sucess!

Next time I'll explore farther than just the summit. Great views of downtown and the ocean.

chizoad - May 31, 2017 3:42 pm Date Climbed: May 27, 2017

Excellent though crowded  Sucess!

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.

sgb02d

sgb02d - May 27, 2016 6:44 pm Date Climbed: Jan 1, 2016

Das it mane

Done from the backside and the main route many times. Busiest trail in San Diego, possibly the world.

IronHiker

IronHiker - Aug 2, 2015 2:18 pm Date Climbed: Mar 14, 2014

Human ant hill  Sucess!

Looked like an ant hill with so many people coming up and down.

Lenny72

Lenny72 - Aug 27, 2014 8:29 pm Date Climbed: Jun 5, 2007

Cowles Mountain Summit  Sucess!

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.

hgrapid

hgrapid - Jul 22, 2014 10:50 pm Date Climbed: Jul 22, 2014

Very crowded  Sucess!

Probably a few hundred people in the early evening were hiking to the summit, many running. Many beautiful ladies.

Lenny72

Lenny72 - Aug 27, 2014 8:30 pm

Re: Very crowded

Yes, you are right on about the crowds AND the beautiful ladies, lol!

Ted Bauer

Ted Bauer - Dec 3, 2013 7:37 pm

Fast and Fun  Sucess!

Fast and fun hike. Its usually pretty crowded, but that can be a good think to push you on your training runs.

cab

cab - Jan 2, 2013 1:20 pm Date Climbed: Dec 24, 2012

Golfcrest  Sucess!

First of seven easy San Diego peaks for the day.

surgent

surgent - Nov 19, 2012 11:51 am Date Climbed: Nov 15, 2012

Overcast day  Sucess!

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.

SurfinPeakScience

SurfinPeakScience - Nov 18, 2012 7:46 pm Date Climbed: Jul 20, 2012

Luna  Sucess!

Beauty of LunaLight hike!

telemarkdude

telemarkdude - Nov 12, 2012 3:41 pm Date Climbed: Oct 8, 1990

Great Trail Run  Sucess!

Nice trail run with awesome view on top.

crag

crag - May 18, 2012 4:52 pm Date Climbed: Dec 31, 2008

suprising solitude  Sucess!

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.

elianestar12

elianestar12 - Jan 28, 2012 12:45 am Date Climbed: Jan 25, 2012

Fitness Fun  Sucess!

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.

Przemek - Dec 21, 2011 8:45 pm Date Climbed: Dec 21, 2011

Not so bad  Sucess!

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.

kavak

kavak - Nov 29, 2011 11:51 am Date Climbed: Nov 21, 2011

From Golfcrest  Sucess!

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.

twigasaurus

twigasaurus - Sep 22, 2011 11:28 pm

Sunrise 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.

Denjem

Denjem - Apr 19, 2011 2:46 pm

Cowles or however you say it  Sucess!

Many, many, many times.

Wallylongridge

Wallylongridge - Apr 8, 2011 11:54 am Date Climbed: Apr 5, 2011

Crowded   Sucess!

I did this hike with 200 of my best friends.

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