Sunday, July 10, 2011

Cowles Mountain Hike!

Happy Sunday beautiful guys & dolls! This past Friday I had the pleasure of hiking Cowles Mountain with my friend Christine.  Cowles Mountain is the dominant feature of Mission Trails Regional Park and the highest point in the classy City of San Diego.  Cowles Mountain's elevation is 1,591 feet above sea level.
Me at the peak of Cowles!
Photography: Christine Ford

Hike length: 3 miles
Estimated Duration: 1.5 hours
Difficulty: Medium

Trail Head (from North):
Take 5 South to 805 South to 52 East and take exit 15 for California 125 S and exit 20A for Navajo Rd.  Turn right onto Cowles Mountain Blvd. and turn left onto Tommy Dr.  You will see the park on your right hand side and there is street parking or a parking lot. 

Trail Head (from Downtown SD): 
Take 163 S to 8 E and take slight right onto Fletcher Pkwy. Take first left onto Baltimore Dr., take 2nd right onto Aztec Dr., continue onto Cowles Mountain Rd. and turn left onto Tommy Dr., keep right at fork.  

View from half way up!
Photography: Lena Rakijian
This hike is extremely popular and you will see a lot of smiling San Diegans...and it's dog friendly too!  I would suggest starting in the morning because it gets pretty hot out there - so pack your SPF, your Klean Kanteen, and get ready to feel it in your gluts & hammies the next morning!  Cowles Mountain makes for a great morning work out - the incline will have your heart rate up and have you breakin' a sweat in no time! When you get to the top you can enjoy sunny skies and beautiful views of La Mesa and Lake Murray.  Happy hiking erryybodyy!!!

Yours in health,


Christine and I at the top of the mountain!
Photography: Friendly hiker :)

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