Enjoy an adventure at Cowles Mountain

by Samantha Hirsch

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Between the classes, clubs, organizations, sports teams and Greek life offered at San Diego State, life can potentially become somewhat chaotic for the average student. A great way to get away from the hustle and bustle of college life is to experience the wonders of Cowles Mountain.

Located just 15 minutes from SDSU, Cowles Mountain offers a moderately steep trek, with breathtakingly spectacular views at the top. Indeed, it is the 360-degree panoramic view of San Diego County that makes the hike truly worthwhile. At the top, hikers can see most of what San Diego has to offer, including its lush green golf courses, piercing blue lakes and exceptional skyscrapers downtown. And with a summit of 1,593 feet, Cowles Mountain is the highest point in the city.

Although San Diego is known to be one of the busiest cities in California, reaching the summit brings the refreshing breeze and surprisingly calm atmosphere that exists in sharp contrast to the rest of the city. It reminds hikers why San Diego is so special.

Although the hike may be steep, it is not too difficult. People of all ages with varying physical abilities make the 1.5-mile trek every day. With rock stairs conveniently built into the trail, hikers may utilize different muscles as they trek the incline and avoid sliding down.

This hike is not only a great way to get some exercise while enjoying the beauty of San Diego, but it can also be taken advantage of as a great social activity. Hiking the trail with groups of friends is becoming an extremely popular form of recreation.

The hike is dog-friendly as well, with a water bowl at the top to hydrate hikers’ beloved pups.

To de-stress, rejuvenate and soak up some San Diego sun (or for the romantic, experience the hike as the sun sets), journey to Mission Trails Regional Park and venture toward a hike like no other.