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Big Rock Trail

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A longer, much less crowded trail to go up Cowles Mountain.


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1.6

Miles

2.5

KM

Point to Point

1,119' 341 m

High

367' 112 m

Low

768' 234 m

Up

16' 5 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

30%

Max Grade (17°)

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Description

The can be accessed from a couple of points: one is located at the end of Big Rock Rd. and the other is the Cowles Mountain Trailhead at Big Rock Park. Parking is plentiful and is located in a residential area.

This trail is well groomed and marked and has less than a tenth of the traffic experienced at the popular Cowles Mountain Trail. There is little to no shade on this trail so bring plenty of water.

From the trailhead, you begin your gradual but constant climb to the summit. The end of this trail meets the service road that will take you the rest of the way up to the top of Cowels Mountain.

Shared By:

Alvaro Frausto

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Evening view from "The Balcony" on the Cowles Mountain Service Road. Looking northeast towards Santee.
May 11, 2015 near La Mesa, CA

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Aug 22, 2020
Mark Toner
Jan 1, 2020
J M
Wagner family. mildly rocky after year end rains.
Nov 23, 2018
James Bravo III
Leisure hike
Aug 2, 2018
Carlos Romero
1.6mi
Jun 30, 2018
Mark M
Apr 14, 2018
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3.1mi
Mar 5, 2018
Janine Martino
Feb 20, 2018
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