Live in the San Diego area? Time to tackle the 5 Peak Challenge! Includes 5 peaks in Mission Trails Regional Park in San Diego. On your way to completing this challenge you'll cover up to 23 miles and climb over 6,000 vertical feet. Many attempt all 5 in a single day (a ~17 mi / ~4200 ft vert loop route is possible). Challenge created by the Mission Trails Regional Park Foundation


Highest peak

Cowles Mountain

1,591 ft / 484 m

Most prominent peak

Cowles Mountain

991 ft / 302 m

Most summited peak

Cowles Mountain

149 summits

Most difficult peak

Cowles Mountain

Class 1

Difficulty breakdown

Class 1/2 5 peaks

Top climbing months

March   12%

February   12%

November   11%

  • Climb some peaks only 8 miles northeast of downtown San Diego!
  • Explore some of the 60 miles of trails in 7,220 acre Mission Trails Regional Park, one of the largest urban parks in the US
  • Stand on the highest point in the city of San Diego, 1,592 ft Cowles Mountain.
  • Usually completed in 3 separate day hikes... although some go for all 5 in a day (~17 miles, 4200 ft vertical gain)