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      A few ways up the mountain, don't use the hiking trail, use the back trails which are more bike orientated.
      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
      Cowles Mountain Trailhead Parking google parking directions
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      Region Details
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      Region Status
      Open as of Feb 5, 2022
      Local Trail Association

      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Trails (view details)
      12
      Trails Mountain Bike
      6
      Trails Hike
      12
      Trails Trail Running
      12
      Total Distance
      9 miles
      Total Descent
      1,978 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,205 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,582 ft
      Reports
      22
      Photos
      75
      Ridden Counter
      1,008

      Popular Cowles Mountain Mountain Biking Trails

      Recent Ride Log Activity in Region

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

      Photos of Cowles Mountain Mountain Bike

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      Feb 5, 2022 @ 7:07pm
      Feb 5, 2022
      | 1 comments
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      Feb 5, 2022 @ 7:07pm
      Feb 5, 2022
      | 1 comments
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      Feb 5, 2022 @ 7:07pm
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      Feb 5, 2022 @ 7:07pm
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      Feb 5, 2022 @ 7:07pm
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      Feb 5, 2022 @ 7:06pm
      Feb 5, 2022
      | 1 comments
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      Feb 5, 2022 @ 7:06pm
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      Feb 5, 2022 @ 7:06pm
      Feb 5, 2022
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      Videos of Cowles Mountain Mountain Bike

      Redemption at Big Rock Trail
      8:46 | 348 | Apr 25, 2013
      ET's
      trail: Shortcut
      5:35 | 166 | May 27, 2011
      Big Rock to Mesa Highlights — Another Run |...
      trail: Mesa Trail
      3:45 | 49 | Jan 19, 2022 , San Diego
      Big Rock to Mesa Highlights — Another Run |...
      3:45 | 78 | Jan 19, 2022 , San Diego
      Big Rock to Mesa Trail — Highlights (4K HD)
      5:55 | 106 | Mar 22, 2021 , San Diego
      Big Rock to Mesa Trail — Highlights (4K HD)
      trail: Mesa Trail
      5:55 | 100 | Mar 22, 2021 , San Diego
      San Diego Mountain Biking: Cowles Mountain...
      11:05 | 184 | Jan 9, 2020 , San Diego
      San Diego Mountain Biking: Cowles Mountain...
      11:05 | 202 | Jan 9, 2020 , San Diego

      Recent Trail Reports

      statustraildateconditioninfouser
      Mesa Trail
      Feb 5, 2022 @ 3:43pm
      Feb 5, 2022
      IdealTrail is in great shape, pain in the ass...johnpaterson
      Big Rock Trail
      Feb 5, 2022 @ 3:43pm
      Feb 5, 2022
      IdealTrail is in great shape, fun descent,...johnpaterson
      Pyles Peak
      Jul 16, 2020 @ 6:33pm
      Jul 16, 2020
      Dryjessemeyers
      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

      usernameactiontypetitledate
      user #2671882JonathanliwishlisttrailBig Rock Trail
      Aug 9, 2022 @ 1:43pm
      Aug 9, 2022
      user #2671882JonathanliriddentrailBig Rock Trail
      Aug 9, 2022 @ 1:37pm
      Aug 9, 2022
      user #2552771Miggi23commenttrailMesa Trail
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 9:03pm
      Jun 28, 2022
      user #2639503SolarEclipsecommenttrailBig Rock Trail
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 7:51am
      Jun 27, 2022
      user #2962147AndrewSiminoffriddentrailBig Rock Trail
      Jun 8, 2022 @ 9:53am
      Jun 8, 2022

      Recent Comments

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      user #2552771Miggi23trailMesa TrailMTB Trail review has an older video '18 going...
      Jun 28, 2022 @ 9:03pm
      Jun 28, 2022
      user #2639503SolarEclipsetrailBig Rock TrailMust say, this trail can be a bit savage. Many...
      Jun 27, 2022 @ 7:51am
      Jun 27, 2022
      user #2066263kkim0228trailMesa TrailAnyone with a footage of riding up without...
      Jun 5, 2021 @ 9:19pm
      Jun 5, 2021
      user #992997CamPowtrailMesa TrailUsually take this up. It’s a tough climb...
      Nov 23, 2018 @ 9:18pm
      Nov 23, 2018
      user #916244CovertSDtrailBig Rock TrailThis should be listed in "Cowles Mountain"...
      Mar 23, 2015 @ 12:07pm
      Mar 23, 2015

      Nearby Areas

      namedistance
      Mission Trails Regional Park 20 17 51.8 km
      Fanita / Melbrooks Trail System 15.4 km
      Sycamore Canyon/Goodan Ranch 5 96.1 km
      City Heights 8 1 17.1 km
      Balboa Park 17 30 48.5 km

      Activity Type Stats

      activitytypetrailsdistancedescentdescent distancetotal verticalratingglobal rankstate rankphotosreportsroutesridelogs
      Mountain Bike66 miles1,926 ft5 miles1,184 ft
      #4,534#2,01875222,075
      Hike129 miles1,978 ft5 miles1,204 ft
      #3,793#1,87522385
      Trail Running129 miles1,978 ft5 miles1,204 ft
      #3,807#1,8772261
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