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Cowles Mountain - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Cowles Mountain, San Diego, CA 92119, USA

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About Cowles Mountain

Cowles Mountain is located in Mission Trails Regional Park in the north part of San Diego and is easily one of the most popular trails in the city. The 1,593-foot summit is the highest point of the city of San Diego. The entire mountain, with marked trails, is a protected area within Mission Trails Regional Park.

Attractions Near Cowles Mountain

Mission Trails Regional Park
Mission Trails Regional Park2.43km from Cowles Mountain

Mission Trails Regional Park is one of the largest urban parks in the country, providing opportunities for recreation as well as native flora and fauna viewing.The park is also home to a 14,000-square-foot, award-winning Visitor & Interpretive Center. The park consists mostly of rugged canyons and hills, with both natural and developed recreation areas, including many beautiful flowers.

Lake Murray
Lake Murray3.15km from Cowles Mountain

Lake Murray is a reservoir in San Diego, California, owned by the City of San Diego's Public Utilities Department. the reservoir covers 171.1 acres , has a maximum water depth of 95 feet , and a shoreline of 3.2 miles. The asphalt-paved service road lining roughly two-thirds of the lake's perimeter is a popular recreation site for the Navajo community. It lies south of Cowles Mountain and is an important reporting point for aircraft inbound to land at Montgomery Field Airport.

Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum
Flying Leatherneck Aviation Museum6.28km from Cowles Mountain

This is the only Museum in the world dedicated to United States Marine Corps aviation, with the largest and most complete collection of vintage aircraft flown by Marine pilots in the world. The museum contains exhibits and artifacts relating to the history and legacy of United States Marine Corps Aviation. The outdoor exhibits include 31 historical aircraft, multiple military vehicles and equipment.

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala
Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcala7.74km from Cowles Mountain

Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá was the first of 21 Franciscan missions established in California. The mission and the surrounding area were named for the Catholic saint Didacus of Alcalá, a Spaniard more commonly known as San Diego. The current church, built in the early 19th century, is the fifth to stand on this location. The mission site is a National Historic Landmark.

Blarney Stone Pub
Blarney Stone Pub13.83km from Cowles Mountain

The Blarney Stone is a block of Carboniferous limestone built into the battlements of Blarney Castle, Blarney, about 8 kilometres from Cork, Ireland. According to legend, kissing the stone endows the kisser with the gift of the gab. The stone was set into a tower of the castle in 1446. The castle is a popular tourist site in Ireland, attracting visitors from all over the world to kiss the stone and tour the castle and its gardens.

Balboa Park
Balboa Park13.83km from Cowles Mountain

1,200-acre (490 ha) urban cultural park. In addition to open space areas, natural vegetation zones, green belts, gardens, and walking paths, it contains museums, several theaters, and the world-famous San Diego Zoo.

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California's second-most populous county and the fifth-most populous in the United States. San Diego County has more than 70 miles (110 km) of coastline. This forms the most densely populated region of the county.