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Ascent of Cowles Mountain on 2016-05-01

Climber: William Musser

Other People:Solo Ascent
Date:Sunday, May 1, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Cowles Mountain
    Location:USA-California
    Elevation:1591 ft / 484 m

Ascent Trip Report

After completing, Kwaay Paay Peak, I drove over to get this nearly 1000 foot prominence peak. I knew it would be crowded to do the convention route, so I selected the route that Greg Slayton showed and parked along a public street - Parked along Barker Way in R/W and hiked down to the intersection of Barker and Boulder Lake Av. so to have an easy spot to start my starting elevation. This spot is around elevation 720. I made that my TH and then walked back up the public access TH well signed to the west. I took the circuitous route to the east and north along the wide clay-rock maintenance roadway so that I could pass Peak 1199. On the way to Cowles.

The disadvantage of using this less traveled route is it is a large wide jeep trail so it does not have that tight space - trail hiking feel to it but it is wide enough to pass the many slower non committed hiker types. The summit has average views a bit too much urban clutter but prominent views never the less. One small radio building off to the side of the peak. I definitely enjoyed tagging on the extra peaks on the way to Pyle Mountain Peak where there was tighter trails, and less clutter and people.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:521 ft / 158 m
    Total Elevation Loss:426 ft / 129 m
    Round-Trip Distance:1.1 mi / 1.8 km
    Grade/Class:1
    Quality:4 (on a subjective 1-10 scale)
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Pleasant, Breezy, Clear
72F beautiful day but hazy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:461 ft / 140 m
    Distance:0.6 mi / 1 km
    Route:Cowles Maint Road
    Start Trailhead:saddle between subpeaks  1130 ft / 344 m
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:426 ft / 129 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 366 ft / 111 m; Extra: 60 ft / 18m
    Gain on way out:60 ft / 18 m
    Distance:0.5 mi / 0.8 km
    Route:Pyles Peak Trail
    End Trailhead:saddle between subpeaks  1225 ft / 373 m
Ascent Part of Trip: San Diego Trip

Complete Trip Sequence:
OrderPeak/PointDateGain
1Kwaay Paay2016-05-01 a1014 ft / 309 m
2Peak 11992016-05-01 b504 ft / 154 m
3Cowles Mountain2016-05-01 c521 ft / 159 m
4Peak 13802016-05-01 d210 ft / 64 m
5Pyles Peak2016-05-01 e279 ft / 85 m
6Cowles Mountain2016-05-01 f541 ft / 165 m
7Woodson Mountain2016-05-02 g1994 ft / 608 m
8Black Mountain2016-05-02 h907 ft / 276 m
9Little Black Mountain2016-05-02 i405 ft / 123 m
Total Trip Gain: 6375 ft / 1943 m    Total Trip Loss: 6290 ft / 1918 m



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