5,253 ft
Distance
79 ft
Climb
-527 ft
Descent
00:08:46
Avg time

Details

  • Riding Area
    Cowles Mountain
    San Diego, California
  • Difficulty Rating
  • Trail Type
    Singletrack
  • Trail Usage
    Biking Primary
  • Direction
    Downhill Primary
    Popular direction shown
  • Season
    All seasons
  • Ride in Rain
    Yes
  • Global Ranking
    #4184 in Mountain Biking
  • Local Popularity
    60 in Mountain Biking [+]
    • 5 in Trail Running
    • 5 in Hiking
  • Land Manager
    San diego

Hard Climb, Lots of water bars. The climb is a pain in the ass, but the rough technical descent is fast and hard. better stay on line!

Local Trail Association
More Stats for Cowles Mountain Backside (Big Rock DH) bike trail
  • Altitude change
    -448 ft
  • Altitude min
    379 ft
  • Altitude max
    882 ft
  • Altitude start
    828 ft
  • Altitude end
    379 ft
  • Grade
    -8.536%
  • Grade max
    -29.43%
  • Grade min
    27.225%
  • Distance climb
    716 ft
  • Distance down
    4,299 ft
  • Distance flat
    188 ft
  • Avg time
    00:08:46
  • Avg reverse time
    00:06:52
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Status:
on Jan 2, 2017
Variable
Avg: 5 (3 votes)

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Trail Conditions
  • Unknown
  • Snow Packed
  • Snow Covered
  • Freeze/thaw Cycle
  • Icy
  • Prevalent Mud
  • Wet
  • Variable
  • Dry
  • Very Dry
Trail Ridden Direction

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The colour categories are based on what percentage of riders are riding a trail in its intended direction.

  • > 96%
  • > 90%
  • > 80%
  • > 70%
  • > 50%
  • < 50%
Trail Ridden Direction

The intendid direction a trail should be ridden.

  • Downhill Only
  • Downhill Primary
  • Both Directions
  • Uphill Primary
  • Uphill Only
  • One Direction

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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
Directions to cowles-mountain-backside-big-rock-dh trailhead (32.820420, -117.020650)
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Cowles Mountain... Trail Reports

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Jan 2, 2017 @ 11:24pm
Jan 2, 2017
Minor erosion (trail braiding, small ruts developing). Borderline major erosion. Some of the ruts have got really nasty. And alot more of the...
Nov 23, 2015 @ 1:09pm
Nov 23, 2015
Major erosion (major ruts or slumping, large boulders and roots exposed due to erosion) a lot of the trail is rutted out, still ride able you...
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1 Review & Comments

  • + 1
flag CovertSD (Mar 23, 2015 at 12:07)
 This should be listed in "Cowles Mountain" area if not greater MTRP as it is 15 - 20 miles from Black Mountain. Good to see more SD rides popping up here though!
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