Cowles Mountain

Cowles Mountain is the highest peak in the City of San Diego at 1,593'. However, many peaks in the county as a whole are much higher. This is a popular first time peak for many visitors and locals alike

Cowles Mountain SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by 100peaks

54 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Nov 9, 2014. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs.

Others who’ve summited Cowles Mountain

  • pvgjosh42
  • fitshan
  • usbp481
  • hgpointer
  • eviltwinash
  • evan7873
  • chasebarrett
  • P47JB
  • FlagMan
  • adamdamm
  • HeyYouWoodchucks
  • cassiemae
  • Bababooey

Routes Used trails & approaches

57% Cowles Mtn Trail from Navajo Rd.

21% Barker Way Trail head

11% North East Route from Big Rock Park

4% Via Pyles Peak down to Golfcrest

4% Golfcrest via Pyles Peak

1% Golf Crest Trail to Barker Way Trail


SNAPSHOTedit info


1,591 ft / 485 m


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Height Rank

#5060 in California

#49425 in United States


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California, United States

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Summited by

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  • 100peaks
  • pvgjosh42
  • Sunday
  • fitshan
  • usbp481
  • hgpointer
  • srphilip
  • eviltwinash
  • edg
  • evan7873
  • chasebarrett
  • clchanod

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