The Cowles Mountain hike is easily the most popular hike in San Diego. It’s easily accessible, well maintained, and takes you to a 1,592 feet viewpoint that is the highest within the city of San Diego. This hike is a bucket list item for many and is one of those once in a lifetime experiences that we highly recommend! All the trails are well maintained and our knowledgeable tour guides will lead you throughout. On this tour, will give you a brief history of the area, a nice stretch warm up, and mini geology and biology lesson too. Come enjoy this a super easy, fun hike, that is so beautiful and a great way to start a nice day.



Approx. 2 Hours.

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Our Cowels Mountain Hiking Tour is known as one of the best hiking experiences in San Diego! Cowles Mountain Trail is a 2.9 mile back trail that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as a moderate level hike. The scenic pathway up Cowles Mountain is one of the most popular trails in San Diego. Our guests will enjoy great views during the entire ascent but the summit offers 360 degree panoramic views of downtown San Diego, Mexico, North County and Orange County on a clear day.

Guests will begin the hike with a relaxing stretching session, warm-up, and an exciting hike. Learn fascinating facts and experience views that are too amazing for words to describe. The trails are clear and wind their way through native California chaparral high above the city. The clear blue sky rises high above and the horizon is visible for miles. Our Tour Guide Extraordinaire will be there to give you backstories and history of the area, as well as to guide you along the best trails to take to maximize the experience for all.

This hike will definitely exceed your expectations by showing you Southern California in a way that few visitors experience. Cowles Mountain holds breathtaking sights that are

All directions and other important meeting information is included in your confirmation which will be sent to you immediately after booking. We look forward to having you as our guests and exceeding your expectations on this super fun hike at Cowels Mountain.

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Tour Details


$$149.00 per guest. 2 guest minimum.


Mission Trails Regional Park in San Carlos, San Diego.


Daily hikes offered hourly from 9AM - 5PM.


This experience takes place in most weather conditions.


Cowles Mountain Trailhead
7001 Golfcrest Drive
San Diego, CA 92119


Please contact us for any additional information at 1-619-848-0348.


Approx. 2 Hours.


Private Tour.


1 guest is included here. Any group size can be accommodated for this tour.


Comfortable, layered clothing (for example a short sleeve shirt under a long sleeve shirt) and fitness shoes. Bring or wear a sweater, jacket or sweatshirt. This is an inland hike and can get hot, especially in summer months (June-September). ABSOLUTELY NO FLIP FLOPS to be worn while hiking (they may be carried in a backpack for use before/after the hike).


Please bring yourself and be ready for an awesome time!


No cancellations or refunds within 7 days of your tour date.

The Cowels Mountain Hiking Tour Includes:

  • Embark on the Cowles Mountain Hiking Tour, renowned as one of the best hiking experiences in San Diego.

  • Explore the Cowles Mountain Trail, a 2.9-mile back trail featuring beautiful wildflowers and rated as a moderate-level hike.

  • Enjoy a relaxing stretching session, warm-up, and an exciting hike led by our expert Tour Guide Extraordinaire.

  • Experience breathtaking views throughout the ascent, with the summit offering 360-degree panoramic views of downtown San Diego, Mexico, North County, and Orange County on a clear day.

  • Learn fascinating facts about the area and its history from our knowledgeable guide as you traverse the scenic pathways.

  • Wander through native California chaparral high above the city, with clear trails providing a memorable hiking experience.

  • Take in the clear blue sky and horizon visible for miles, creating a picturesque backdrop to your hiking adventure.

  • Maximize your experience with guidance from our Tour Guide Extraordinaire, who will lead you along the best trails and share backstories of the area.

  • Discover Southern California in a unique way, enjoying sights and perspectives that few visitors experience.

  • All directions and important meeting information included in your confirmation, sent immediately after booking.

  • We eagerly look forward to having you as our guests and exceeding your expectations on this super fun hike at Cowles Mountain.

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