Pyles Peak Trail

La Mesa, California

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Pyles Peak is a prominent bump in the series of mountaintops stretching between Cowles Mountain in the south and Fortuna Mountain in the north. Collectively, these high points make up a small mountain range labeled on old maps as “Long Mountain.” The entire range consists of granitic rocks that have been gradually uplifted over many millions of years. Just north of Pyles Peak, there’s a deep notch in the range, where Mission Gorge Road passes through, and farther north is an even deeper notch— Mission Gorge—where the San Diego River has spent millions of years carving its way clear through the steadily rising chain of mountains. A somewhat long and tiring out-and-back trek can get you to the rocky summit of Pyles Peak, where you can enjoy a well-earned view east toward Santee and west toward the ocean.
Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County

by Jerry Schad (Wilderness Press)

Pyles Peak is a prominent bump in the series of mountaintops stretching between Cowles Mountain in the south and Fortuna Mountain in the north. Collectively, these high points make up a small mountain range labeled on old maps as “Long Mountain.” The entire range consists of granitic rocks that have been gradually uplifted over many millions of years. Just north of Pyles Peak, there’s a deep notch in the range, where Mission Gorge Road passes through, and farther north is an even deeper notch— Mission Gorge—where the San Diego River has spent millions of years carving its way clear through the steadily rising chain of mountains. A somewhat long and tiring out-and-back trek can get you to the rocky summit of Pyles Peak, where you can enjoy a well-earned view east toward Santee and west toward the ocean.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: La Mesa
Distance: 5.2
Elevation Gain: 2,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Season: October through June
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Mission Trails Regional Park
Local Maps: USGS La Mesa
Driving Directions: Directions to Pyles Peak Trail

Recent Trail Reviews

6/16/2010
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This is a great addition to Cowles Mountain. You need to trek to the Summit and continue from there. I think its an additional 2 miles, not really sure. Great Views and plenty of picture opportunities. My GPS clocked 5.7 total from the Cowles Trail Head but I tend to wander a bit looking for special things along the way. For you Cache-Heads, there are some, but not very much! Enjoy and Happy Trails!



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May 2018