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  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
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  • Significant Issue / Amber
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  • 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
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  • Gate Gate
  • Camping Camping
  • Trail Sign Trail Sign
  • Table or Bench Table or Bench
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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
      Region Details
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      Stats

      Avg Trail Rating
      Global Ranking
      #2,824
      State Ranking
      #141
      Trails
      9
      Total Distance
      8 miles
      Total Descent Distance
      5 miles
      Total Descent
      2,759 ft
      Highest Trailhead
      1,579 ft
      Total Vertical
      1,413 ft
      Reports
      7
      Photos
      53
      Ridden Counter
      171

      Photos of Cowles Mountain Mountain Bike

      trail: Mesa Trail
      9 |
      Oct 22, 2017 @ 9:04am
      Oct 22, 2017
      Mesa Trail, San Diego
      trail: Mesa Trail
      10 |
      Oct 22, 2017 @ 9:00am
      Oct 22, 2017
      Mesa Trail, San Diego
      323 |
      Jan 20, 2015 @ 3:22pm
      Jan 20, 2015
      Cowles Mountain Backside (Big...
      275 |
      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 | 188 | Apr 25, 2013
      ET's
      trail: Shortcut
      5:35 | 136 | May 27, 2011
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      user #916244CovertSDtrailCowles Mountain Backside (Big Rock DH)This should be listed in "Cowles Mountain"...
      Mar 23, 2015 @ 12:07pm
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