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      Part of the Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP), Cowles Mountain is a favorite in the San Diego area. It is one of the peaks in the park's 5 Peaks Challenge and the highest point in the park. A very popular destination, expect it to be busy on weekends and holidays.
      There are a few ways up the mountain, don't use the hiking trail, use the back trails which are more bike oriented.
      Enjoy the Harsh climb. Love the hard descent. Good place to get your technical riding skills down. Fire road/Access road is very steep, not necessary. Beyond the fire road is a trail to Pike's Peak. Very steep as well, but fun.
      Primary Trail Type: All-Mountain & Downhill
      Land Status: Conservation Reserve
      Big Rock Trailhead Parking google parking directions
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      Region Details
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      • 3

      Region Status
      Open as of Feb 25, 2024
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      11
      Trails Mountain Bike
      6
      Trails Hike
      11
      Trails Trail Running
      11
      Total Distance
      8 miles
      Total Descent
      1,978 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,185 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,562 ft
      Reports
      25
      Photos
      83
      Ridden Counter
      1,367

      Popular Cowles Mountain Mountain Biking Trails

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

      Today
      • 0 rides
      Yesterday
      • 1 rides
      Past Week
      • 10 rides

      Photos of Cowles Mountain Mountain Bike

      11 |
      Sep 27, 2022 @ 7:26pm
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      Sep 27, 2022 @ 7:26pm
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      12 |
      Sep 27, 2022 @ 7:26pm
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      14 |
      Sep 27, 2022 @ 7:26pm
      Sep 27, 2022

      Videos of Cowles Mountain Mountain Bike

      Redemption at Big Rock Trail
      8:46 | 358 | Apr 25, 2013
      ET's
      trail: Shortcut
      5:35 | 167 | May 27, 2011
      Big Rock to Mesa Highlights — Another Run |...
      trail: Mesa Trail
      3:45 | 131 | Jan 19, 2022 , Santee
      Big Rock to Mesa Highlights — Another Run |...
      3:45 | 288 | Jan 19, 2022 , Santee
      Big Rock to Mesa Trail — Highlights (4K HD)
      5:55 | 210 | Mar 22, 2021 , Santee
      Big Rock to Mesa Trail — Highlights (4K HD)
      trail: Mesa Trail
      5:55 | 177 | Mar 22, 2021 , Santee
      San Diego Mountain Biking: Cowles Mountain...
      11:05 | 289 | Jan 9, 2020 , Santee
      San Diego Mountain Biking: Cowles Mountain...
      11:05 | 308 | Jan 9, 2020 , Santee

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Pyles Peak
      Feb 25, 2024 @ 11:19am
      Feb 25, 2024
      DryHike Jwcummins6
      Mesa Trail
      May 3, 2023 @ 1:13pm
      May 3, 2023
      Very DryThe technical difficulty has gone up a...kkim0228
      Big Rock Trail
      Jan 28, 2023 @ 2:22pm
      Jan 28, 2023
      IdealDoesn't seem impacted by recent rainsLaffingStock
      Shortcut
      Dec 25, 2019 @ 12:03pm
      Dec 25, 2019
      DryBprejean
      Cowles Peak Fire Road
      Jan 2, 2017 @ 11:20pm
      Jan 2, 2017
      VariableMinor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts...shaughn-reilly
      Mesa Road
      Nov 17, 2016 @ 6:50pm
      Nov 17, 2016
      Dryshaughn-reilly

      Activity Feed

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      torresm1ckwishlisttrailactivity #52619205 and 1 more
      May 14, 2024 @ 8:31pm
      May 14, 2024
      torresm1ckwishlisttrailactivity #52603084
      May 14, 2024 @ 2:15pm
      May 14, 2024
      mtbiking808wishlisttrailactivity #49989589
      Mar 13, 2024 @ 7:09pm
      Mar 13, 2024
      Jwcummins6addreportactivity #49525232
      Feb 25, 2024 @ 3:06pm
      Feb 25, 2024
      jessesmashvotetrailactivity #49114808
      Feb 12, 2024 @ 8:59pm
      Feb 12, 2024

      Recent Comments

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      SassbertotrailMesa Trailsteep and lots of water bars and rocks. Not...
      Dec 5, 2023 @ 11:09am
      Dec 5, 2023
      LaffingStocktrailBig Rock TrailA harder blue trail for SD due to lots of...
      Jan 28, 2023 @ 2:26pm
      Jan 28, 2023
      miguelitojeeptrailMesa TrailSuper fun technical downhill. Run a bell on...
      Oct 31, 2022 @ 6:07pm
      Oct 31, 2022
      Miggi23trailMesa TrailMTB Trail review has an older video '18 going...
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 9:03pm
      Jun 28, 2022
      SolarEclipsetrailBig Rock TrailMust say, this trail can be a bit savage. Many...
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 7:51am
      Jun 27, 2022

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Mission Trails Regional Park 23 18 51.8 km
      Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch 4 86.1 km
      City Heights 8 1 17.1 km
      Balboa Park 17 30 78.5 km
      Crestridge 15 28.8 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike66 miles1,926 ft5 miles1,184 ft
      #5,094#2,26183252,753
      Hike118 miles1,978 ft5 miles1,184 ft
      #4,197#2,08625807
      Trail Running118 miles1,978 ft5 miles1,184 ft
      #4,210#2,0922586
      • By rickaybobbay & contributors
      • Admins: SDMBA
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