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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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Trail Difficulties
  • Access Road/Trail
  • White
  • Green
  • Blue
  • Black
  • Double Black Diamond

Trail Report Status
  • Clear / Green
  • Minor Issue / Yellow
  • Significant Issue / Amber
  • Closed or Major Issue / Red

  • Land Owner Overlay
  • Wilderness (typically no bikes in USA)
  • BLM (public)
  • USFS (Wildlife sanctuaries darker than usfs)
  • State land
  • Indigenous
  • Military
Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
  • Map Markers
  • trail Trail Head
  • photo Photo
  • place Directory Listing
  • region Riding Area
  • TTF TTF
  • Parking Parking
  • Viewpoint Viewpoint
  • Information Information
  • Warning Warning
  • Directions Directions
  • Water Fountain/Source Water Fountain/Source
  • Sight Sight
  • Restrooms Restrooms
  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
  • Other Other
      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
      Region Details
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      Caution on 2 days
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #2,547
      State Ranking
      #107
      Trails (view details)
      9
      Trails Mountain Bike
      9
      Trails Hike
      9
      Trails Trail Running
      9
      Total Distance
      8 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      5 miles
      Total Descent
      2,756 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,413 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,579 ft
      Reports
      10
      Photos
      53
      Ridden Counter
      248

      Photos of Cowles Mountain Mountain Bike

      trail: Mesa Trail
      16 |
      Oct 22, 2017 @ 9:04am
      Oct 22, 2017
      Mesa Trail, San Diego
      trail: Mesa Trail
      16 |
      Oct 22, 2017 @ 9:00am
      Oct 22, 2017
      Mesa Trail, San Diego
      331 |
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 3:22pm
      Jan 20, 2015
      Cowles Mountain Backside (Big...
      280 |
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 3:22pm
      Jan 20, 2015
      | 3 comments Cowles Mountain Backside (Big...
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      Videos of Cowles Mountain Mountain Bike

      Redemption at Big Rock Trail
      8:46 | 212 | Apr 25, 2013
      ET's
      trail: Shortcut
      5:35 | 138 | May 27, 2011
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      Recent Comments

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      user #992997CamPowtrailBig Rock TrailI normally link this with Mesa trail, going up...
      Nov 23, 2018 @ 9:20pm
      Nov 23, 2018
      user #992997CamPowtrailMesa TrailUsually take this up. It’s a tough climb...
      Nov 23, 2018 @ 9:18pm
      Nov 23, 2018
      user #916244CovertSDtrailCowles Mountain Backside (Big Rock DH)This should be listed in "Cowles Mountain"...
      Mar 23, 2015 @ 12:07pm
      Mar 23, 2015
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      • By rickaybobbay & contributors
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