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Pyle’s Peak Trail

MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK

Activity: Hiking, Peak Bagging

5.5 Miles, 1778’ elevation change, >3 hours duration, rated: Moderate

Date: April 2, 2021

It seemed everyone in San Diego is getting their workouts Friday morning by climbing Cowles Mountain.   The trail is certainly buzzing.  Maybe it is because it is Good Friday of Easter Weekend.  The trail is deliciously rocky and rugged with good incline, but way too many people for my taste.   The second portion of the hike continuing beyond Cowles Mountain to Pyle’s Peak was much more enjoyable with only a few hikers.  I guess that Cowles Mountain being the San Diego High Point is the draw.  

The park calls the hike Difficult rather than Moderate, and I will also add that my personal tracker seems to have added almost another mile and a half in contrast to the information that I had from my app.  I must admit, I took a side excursion to Cowles/Plye’s View Point and with all the cars at the trailhead it was a bit of a hike to the trailhead, which addresses some of the extra mileage.  

Purple wild flowers adorn the mountainside, add a sprinkle of yellow and red here and there and you get the feeling that Spring has definitely sprung.

Besides being such a popular hike the other issue I had is the sights are very urbanish looking down from Cowles Mountain unlike the Fortuna Mountain Trail, that I had taken a few weeks earlier in this same park.  That trail had a more natural and thus Zen like feel, but still Pyle’s Peak Trail is an excellent hike.

Going up Cowles Mountain is a very popular hike. Be forewarned that parts of the trail are quite rugged.
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Fun hike in San Diego, however if you can go mid week do it. It was pretty busy going up Cowles Mt, but it thinned out dramatically from there which is not unusual for hikes. The farther you find yourself ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ the more trail that you will have to yourself. I do want people to be able to experience the things that I experience, to have time to themselves to ponder, to unload some of that stress, and stretch the legs, clear the mind, take a deep breath and smell the sweet wildflowers… just not necessarily at the same time and place that I am, lol. It’s all good and to find more of that good then here is what you need to do: LIKE, COMMENT, FOLLOW and SHARE. Go to the menu above and find a location that you want to find that good at, to get inspired, and live life. Each location is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. While you are soaking up all that good you will need a hat and a shirt with the mantra that will set you free: ‘Pursing Balance Through Adventure’. You can find first rate, high quality adventure wear at SHOP APPAREL.

Happy Trails-

Roger Jenkins

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Fortuna Mountain Trail

MISSION TRAILS REGIONAL PARK

Activity: Day Hike, Peak Bagging

6.3 Miles, elevation change 1,364’, duration 3.5 hours, rated Moderate

I was invited by my new trail friend Ahmed to join him and some of his buddies for a reunion hike in Mission Trails Regional Park. Ahmed and I hiked together recently with 3 other backpackers to Bear Camp in the Angeles National Forest. It turns out the buddies were all friends from the Big Apple, NYC, and were now spread out all over the country.

I immediately wanted to head up to the two peaks being North and South Fortuna Mountain. Ahmed wasn’t sure his friends were up for that, but Karl, James and Matt “Ox”, surprised him and said they wanted to see the views from the top. The views from the top were sensational yielding not only a bird’s eye view of the park’s surrounding landscape but Mexico to the South, Downtown San Diego, Point Loma, as well as peaks and mountains all around. The park wasn’t too far from Mira Mar and we saw a couple ‘Top Gun’ Pilots strutting their stuff.

While the hike did indeed feel pretty Moderate in most cases there were a few places, one that had a little bit of scrambling, and another nick named “Stair Way to Heaven” that were probably pushing that envelope. I will note that park signs along the way called the hike “Difficult”. So it may just depend on what sort of shape you are in and like beauty it is in the eye of the beholder. Also my personal tracker said that the trail, Fortuna Mountain Trail was closer to 8 miles.

This was my first time to Mission Trails Regional Park and I have to say that I was impressed. This is a great area to get out into and experience some of the wonders of nature. From easy broad dirt paths to steep rocky trails, from peaks with fantastic views, to a little oak tree grove in the bottom of the canyon- there is some nice variety to enjoy. It appears that you can really mix and match the trails to fit your needs as far as how difficult, and how long you want to hike.

Ahmed, Karl, James, Matt “Ox”, and Roger enjoy Mission Trails Regional Park.
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Thanks for joining Ahmed, Karl, James, Matt and I as we found ourselves ‘Pursing Balance Through Adventure’ on the top of North and South Fortuna Mountain in Mission Trails Regional Park. What a great outdoor gym, place of worship, hospital, and sanctuary all wrapped up in one. In other words a place to find balance from the crazy world below and outside those gates filled with schedules, deadlines, meetings, alarms going off, traffic and just responsibilities. When you are ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’ it is like a hall pass to fresh air, sights, smells, and a chance to breath… breath in nature… breath out stress. There is always more to come so be sure to COMMENT, LIKE, SHARE and FOLLOW. Go to the menu for lots of places across the West to breath in nature… breath out stress… Each location is a separate website and thus needs to be FOLLOWED independently. You will want to look good and feel good when you are renewing and resetting so checkout the SHOP APPAREL online store for all your adventure wear needs proudly displaying the mantra and logo: ‘Pursuing Balance Through Adventure’! Shout it from the mountain tops!

Happy Trails-

Roger Jenkins

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