Cowles Mountain has the highest peak in San Diego City at 1,593 feet. This mountain has an interesting history involving SDSU and the Military!. This is one of the most popular Mountains in San Diego for hiking and adventure. It is also very arduous. The beginning of the trail is deceptively easy at first, but to get to the top, you will have to work for it. Towards the end of your ascent, the mountain provides awesome views and a very steep climb!
Hike Length: 6.2 miles
Estimated Duration: Half Day (3-4 hours)
Elevation/Elevation Gain: 1593 ft/1550 elevation ft gain
What you will need for this hike.
- Headlamp (Red light preferred but not required)
- Water, no less than 2 liters
- 1st aid kit
- loose fitted, light colored clothing
- Hiking /running shoes or boots. No Sandals, slip on shoes, shapeups, etc.
- Sweatshirt or warm layer for down time at the top (Gets a bit cold when the sweat evaporates)
Guides will provide anything else that will be needed for this hike, including expanded first aid kits, tools, and rescue equipment.