Saturday, November 16, 2013

A hike every month: November 2013: Cowles Mountain

The Mister and I hike a bit. We have managed to do a few around and beyond the area we live in. We like to think that we are good at it but after the first ten steps, we are just too unhealthy, gasping along the trail and praying for the finish line.

Have I mentioned before that I have a Mister? Well, the Mister has been as supportive a partner can be over the past one and something years of married life. And he likes to say that he was extremely active before I happened! I say he has turned sanguine!

Coming back to the purpose of this post; I have been meaning to document all the hikes we do but as can be witnessed, been terrible at it. This one is a beginning.

Cowles Mountain is a trail belonging to the Mission Trails Regional Park ( with a 3 mile loop. At 1591ft elevation, it is an easy to moderate hike used by some for running as well.

  • This is an extremely busy trail. Start early to beat the crowd
  • Since it is so thronged, the trail can get a bit unclean. When you step on something liquid in nature, you know it may not be just water!
  • Dogs are allowed on this trail. Be prepared to meet a lot of them as well enroute :)
  • While the dogs are absolutely ok, unattended dog poop on the ground is not. Yes, that is available in plenty too!

Otay Mountain and beyond

Lake Murray and beyond
What makes the hike worth your while is the view. A 360 degree view of San Diego county can be nothing but breathtaking. Lake Murray, Downtown, Coronado bridge, Point Loma, Tijuana and beyond on one side and flanked by mountains on the other.

We finished the hike in an hour and a half. A little too much only because we spent some time idling away on the peak ogling at what this place I now call home has to offer.

The photos are a bit shifty. Pliss to excuse!

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