Cowles (pronounced Coles) Mountain is a prominent hill within the city limits of San Diego, California and also within Mission Trails Regional Park. The hill is named after George A. Cowles, an early ranching pioneer in San Diego County. Its 1,592 foot (485m) summit is the highest point in the city of San Diego. The main trail to the summit is a popular hiking destination taking hundreds of people per day to a breath-taking 360 degree panorama of San Diego County. The hike to the top is 1.5 miles long and an elevation change of about 950 feet.
This trail is on the corner of Golfcrest Drive and Navajo Road. A much-less-used but maintained trail begins near the intersection of Boulder Lake Avenue and Barker way. This trail meets the main trail near the summit.
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Posted By: sdecarie
- Sun Mar 28 02:34:05 UTC 2010
UpsideRelatively easy hike within the city of San Diego. Good views from the top but usually hazy or just plane smogged. DownsideCan be very hot in summer, there is no shade, carry plenty of water. CommentAs with most California trails it's a well trodden track, can be very busy on weekends.