Ascent of Cowles Mountain on 1995-05-07

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, May 7, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Cowles Mountain
    Elevation:1591 ft / 484 m

Ascent Trip Report

Named for George A. Cowles a pioneer in the El Cajon valley in the 1870's. He experimented with the cultivation of grapes and olives and his raisins were shipped throughout the states. (Stein, p. 34)

The mountain is part of the Mission Trails Regional Park owned by the city and county. There are several public hiking trails on the mountain that are enjoyed by the public all year.

Cowles Mountain is hiked by hundreds of people each weekend and is popular all year. The most frequently used trail starts at the corner of Golfcrest Drive and Navajo Road. On the NE corner there is a parking area and public restrooms and the trail starts here. To locate this intersection look in the Thomas Guide on page 55, section B3. The well-maintained trail to the summit is 3 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 950 ft. The ascent takes about 45 minutes. There are other trails from the east and north that are interesting and much less crowded. See Jerry Schad's book "Afoot and Afield in San Diego County", 2nd. ed., pages 72-76 for a description of these trails. The standard route is also listed in "California Hiking" by Stienstra and Hodgson on page 774. 5/95 RLC
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