Hiking Cowles Mountain And Pyles Peak

Trail to Peak

At 1,592ft, Cowles Mountain is the highest peak in the city of San Diego. The hike to the summit of Cowles is possibly the most popular hiking route in all of San Diego County, which makes an early start a requirement for weekend outings. Hiking to the nearby Pyles Peak is far less popular, and the perfect addition to a hike up Cowles.

Hiking Cowles Mountain And Pyles Peak In Mission Trails Regional Park


Directions And GPS Tracks:

Hiking Cowles Mountain And Pyles Peak In Mission Trails Regional Park Street Parking


Key Points:

  • Distance: 6 miles (3 miles if only hiking to Cowles Mountain)
  • Elevation Gain: 1854 ft
  • Minimum Elevation: 668 ft
  • Maximum Elevation: 1592 ft
  • Time: 2-4 hours
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash
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