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

47 people report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on Nov 24, 2013. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs.

Others who’ve claimed Cowles Mountain

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

Routes Used trails & approaches

54% Cowles Mtn Trail from Navajo Rd.

24% Barker Way Trail head

10% North East Route from Big Rock Park

5% Golfcrest via Pyles Peak

5% Via Pyles Peak down to Golfcrest


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SNAPSHOTedit info


1,591 ft / 485 m


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Height Rank

#5000 in California

#49222 in United States


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California, United States

Peak Lists

Claimed by

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  • 100peaks
  • pvgjosh42
  • Sunday
  • fitshan
  • usbp481
  • hgpointer
  • eviltwinash
  • edg
  • evan7873
  • chasebarrett
  • clchanod
  • princewell15

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