Pyles Peak Trail

Mission Trails Regional Park, California

Elevation Gain771ft
Trailhead Elevation1,358ft
Elevation Min/Max785/1374ft
Elevation Start/End1358/1358ft

Pyles Peak Trail

Pyles Peak Trail is a hiking trail in San Diego County, California. It is within Mission Trails Regional Park. It is 0.9 miles long and begins at 1,358 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 771 feet. Along the trail there is a cliff. The trail ends near Pyles Peak (420 m) (elevation 1,378 feet).

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Afoot & Afield: San Diego County (Wilderness Press)
Jerry Schad
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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."

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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!

Trail Information

Mission Trails Regional Park
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Mission Trails Regional Park
Moderate to Difficult
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Mission Trails Regional Park
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USGS La Mesa
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