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San Diego Sunrise Hike - Cowles Mtn

San Diego, United States

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Experience hosted by Andrew

90 mins
Includes food, equipment
Up to 10 people
Hosted in English

What you'll do

We will do a 3 mile round trip loop hike that lasts approximately 1 hour. We will start 30 minutes before sunrise, so that you can watch the sun come up from the top of Cowles. There are numerous trails that can be explored and enjoyed in Mission Trails Regional Park, but this is my favorite trail, and it goes up to the highest point in the City of San Diego; Cowles Mountain. The hike starts from BARKER WAY (NOT THE FRONT SIDE OF COWLES), and is 3 miles in total.

If it is your first time to San Diego I could happily answer any questions you have, and give you local recommendations of favorite places to visit, restaurants to dine at, or a bar to sip a local beer. There is a great coffee spot nearby that I can point out to you to grab a smoothie or ACAI bowl after the Hike

We can chat as we hike along, or I can guide you along the trail and we can just enjoy the natural surroundings and sounds of nature. I would love to share my regional knowledge about San Diego and the surrounding areas, and what we are seeing on the trails. My family helped to preserve 100's of acres of native habit in the region, and I would love to share my passion of the local flora & fauna with you.
Other things to note
We will be sharing the trails with other hikers, hikers with dogs, and possibly a few mountain bikers. San Diego typically has very clear weather, but we do get fog or low clouds from time-to-time.
We will do a 3 mile round trip loop hike that lasts approximately 1 hour. We will start 30 minutes before sunrise, so that you can watch the sun come up from the top of Cowles. There are numerous trails that can be explored and enjoyed in Mission Trails Regional Park, but this is my favorite trail, and it goes up to the highest point in the City of San Diego; Cowles Mountain. The hike starts from BARKER WAY (NOT THE FRONT SIDE OF COWLES), and is…

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What's included

  • Food
    Small Water Bottle & Trail Bar
  • Equipment
    I have a spare headlamp or flash light if you would like. We will start in...
From £45
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Sun, 17 Jan
05:30 - 07:00
£45 per person
£45 per person
Mon, 18 Jan
05:30 - 07:00
£45 per person
£45 per person
Tue, 19 Jan
05:30 - 07:00
£45 per person
£45 per person

Meet your host, Andrew

Host on Airbnb since 2013
  • 25 Reviews
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Hello there you lover of the outdoors!!! I have guided, hiked, climbed, and backpacked all over this wonderful world of ours and I am now living back in Sunny San Diego (My Hometown). I've professionally guided hiking trips all through Europe, South America, and here in the States. Most recently I hiked the John Muir Trail and completed a Cross Country Bike ride for Cancer Awareness. I am always out on the beautiful trails here in San Diego County, and would love to share my love of the local flora & fauna with you! Come learn, enjoy and explore this little slice of SD.
Hello there you lover of the outdoors!!! I have guided, hiked, climbed, and backpacked all over this wonderful world of ours and I am now living back in Sunny San Diego (My Hometown). I've professionally guided hiking trips all through Europe, South America, and here in the States. Most recently I hiked the John Muir Trail and completed a Cross Country Bike ride for Cancer Awareness. I am always out on the beautiful trails here in San Diego County, and would love to share my love of the local fl…
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Where you'll be

LYFT or UBER would be a great option to get to the Barker Way Trailhead if you do not have access to a car. We hike: Barker Way Trailhead > Barker Service Road > Cowles Mountain Summit > Top 1/3 of Cowles > Barker Spur Trail > Back where we started. The hike is moderate to challenging depending on your level physical fitness. People of all ages enjoy this wonderful regional classic hike here in San Diego. It is best to drive to the location.

Rated 5.0 out of 5 from 25 reviews.

Daisy
December 2020
DO NOT GO TO ANYONE ELSE for your next hiking trip guide! ANDREW IS YOUR GUY!!! 😆😆 He was phenomenal! He truly and wholeheartedly took into consideration our hiking experience and made sure we were comfortable throughout the hike. Super funny and charismatic. He kept both my sister and I entertained. His knowledge of the area and geography was impressive. We had a blast! Do yourself a favor and go with the sunrise hike. It was beyond beautiful. We will without a doubt hit him up on our next venture to Cali!
DO NOT GO TO ANYONE ELSE for your next hiking trip guide! ANDREW IS YOUR GUY!!! 😆😆 He was phenomenal! He truly and wholeheartedly took into consideration our hiking experience an…
Lee
December 2020
Our family had a great time hiking with Andy! He is very knowledgeable and fun to be with! He prepared us well for our Christmas morning hike which was quite chilly!
Reginald
December 2020
I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS EXPERIENCE WITH ANDREW ENOUGH!!! The views on this hike are gorgeous, Andrew is extremely knowledgeable about all things San Diego, and he goes above and beyond to ensure that you're safe, enjoying your time, and getting the most out of your experience. This was a stunning experience for me. Book this experience with Andrew, I promise you won't regret it.
I CANNOT RECOMMEND THIS EXPERIENCE WITH ANDREW ENOUGH!!! The views on this hike are gorgeous, Andrew is extremely knowledgeable about all things San Diego, and he goes above and b…
Julio
February 2019
Andrew was a great guide! He was knowledgeable about the area and provided some great recommendations on places to visit while in San Diego. Andy truly knows what he is taking about out on the trail and goes out of his way to make sure you are able to finish the hike safely. Despite it being a cloudy morning, i got some amazing views. Would recommend this hike to anyone who is visiting SD.
Andrew was a great guide! He was knowledgeable about the area and provided some great recommendations on places to visit while in San Diego. Andy truly knows what he is taking abou…
Jordan
February 2019
Andrew was a fantastic guide! Couldn’t appreciate his knowledge about the mountain we hiked and the vegetation and wildlife more! If you’re wondering if you should do this, stop wondering and do it. You won’t regret a thing once you start seeing the gorgeous sunrise over the mountains or when you’re enjoying the coffee that Andrew provides at the summit. 12/10 would book again!
Andrew was a fantastic guide! Couldn’t appreciate his knowledge about the mountain we hiked and the vegetation and wildlife more! If you’re wondering if you should do this, stop wo…
Zaibnish
January 2019
Andrew was very personable and kept the hike fun. He was patient as we went up and gave us lots of fun facts. Would highly recommend this experience!!!

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Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests ages 18 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age.

What to bring

Light jacket to stay warm in the Early Morning

Small backpack to carry water, camera, snacks, layers