If you have time in San Diego…
Make it over to the highest point in the city, Cowles Mountain! It’s an easy enough hike, 3 miles round trip and provides the highest panoramic views of the city. The best part? It’s dog friendly. Oh and they have bathrooms at the bottom of the trail ☺️
Because I am a complete and utter prepare for the worst type of gal, I brought my camelbak, pumpkin seeds, a granola bar, and sunscreen. The only thing that was really needed was the camelbak which the three of us shared.
If you go after 3:30 or so, be sure to bring a light coat! It gets very windy at the top and chilly when the sun starts to set. You’ll see in the pictures when temperatures started to drop by our clothing.
Although it doesn’t start getting green till about 3/4 of a mile up, the scenery is gorgeous with orange clay and desert flowers.
Oh, they are also in a nature restoration project so there are little baby cactuses planted everywhere! Next time I’ll put my hand next to them so you can see how tiny they are 😊 you live and you learn.
Smokey, who is a medium to high energy dog (think lab, not husky) was loving every second of it and we finally just let him explore around dragging his little purple leash behind him.
*please note if you are bringing a dog to check the weather! Only a month ago someone’s poor doggy got heat stroke and passed away. Better safe than sorry!*
We must have gone at the perfect interval time (3:30-5:30 pm) because a ton of people were coming down when we went up and even more came up when we were going down. I would say if you enjoy your solitude to avoid to trail at dusk.
It is definitely a great spot to do a personal workout, walk with a friend, or take your pooch for a walk.. I even saw one amazing mom with 4 kids under 10 and a dog! #superhero.
The view from the top was life-changing for me and way too sentimental.
This was the last time I went hiking at Camelback in 2011. I was 19, and unconsciously still mending my heart from a loss I dealt with two years earlier. I was happy for the week and ecstatic in the moment; I was fit, working hard, and with my best friend in her hometown. I thought I had finally made it. Silly girl, little did I know about the wild roller coaster ride I was about to put myself on.
Yesterday, almost three years later to the date, I stood upon the highest peak looking over my new home with the loves of my life, loving life. How did I get so lucky?
Don’t demand happiness from yourself before you are ready because believe me, your heart will find a way to fill whatever hole you have.
I’m going to repeat and reword that because I didn’t come up with that, a very very smart person told me this and changed my friggin life.
Whatever you are missing, you will find a way to fill it.
It’s like when you’re craving a food like chocolate. Your body is telling you it needs something, so you grab the first thing that looks right (the chocolates) when your body really wants magnesium (nuts, seeds, leafy greens). Being aware is the first step to a healthy, happy life! Follow your natural urges, your soul tends to know what’s best.