Note: I’m adding some old posts from other sites here over time. This post is from April 24, 2015. Enjoy!
Cowles Mountain is a classic San Diego hike. It’s the highest point in the city limits at 1,594 feet, and is popular every day (and many nights) of the year. Near to San Diego State University and a number of neighborhoods as well as within close distance to much of the city it’s a great, moderate difficulty hike. The hiking trails are surrounded by native scrub and there is little shade so it’s typically a hot and somewhat dusty climb with views from the Pacific Ocean to Mexico and into the East County reaches of San Diego County.
Today was a much different story. Heavy cloud cover and fog along with a light drizzle accompanied our upward hike before clearing once we reached the top. From the summit there was no view to be had, just a ghostly white backdrop. We had a couple of visitors from Seattle with us, so perhaps for them it wasn’t so atypical but for the San Diegans on the trip it was a unique experience.
Have a great weekend and cross your fingers for more mist – and rain!