Traveling in groups is our new favorite thing at College Mate!
It’s not for the faint of heart.
In 5 Must-See Attractions in Vegas, we mentioned the trials we faced hiking Red Rock Canyon. In spite of this, we tackled Lone Mountain the very next day.
What did we learn on these two hiking trips? Let’s just say that hiking in the Vegas desert is not for novices. The risks include dehydration, lethal falls, twisted ankles, cacti, and rattlesnakes.
But once you do it, you’ll realize the risks are all worth it, if you stay safe. So how do you stay safe in the Vegas desert? Here are five tips to ensure you make it out alive.
1. Check the Trail Maps
View from Part Way Up Lone Mountain
We’ve gone hiking in Georgia, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Iowa, South Carolina, New York, and now Nevada. On all trails we’ve visited, the trails are clearly marked, and usually color coded. In Vegas, may the force be with you.
From up high…
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At 1,592ft, Cowles Mountain is the highest peak in the city of San Diego. The hike to the summit of Cowles is possibly the most popular hiking route in all of San Diego County, which makes an early start a requirement for weekend outings. Hiking to the nearby Pyles Peak is far less popular, and the perfect addition to a hike up Cowles.
Directions And GPS Tracks:
- To hike to the summits of Cowles Mountain and Pyles Peak, drive to 7027 Golfcrest Dr, San Diego, CA 92119. There is a small parking lot at the trailhead that fills up quickly, but residential street parking is also available.
- Download GPX
- See my track on Strava
- Distance: 6 miles (3 miles if only hiking to Cowles Mountain)
- Elevation Gain: 1854 ft
- Minimum Elevation: 668 ft
- Maximum Elevation: 1592 ft
- Time: 2-4 hours
- Difficulty: Moderate
- Dog Friendly: Yes, on leash
- Permit Required:
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