Sunset Hike: Cowles Mountain

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I never thought I would say this but hiking is a great way to get alternative exercise in. Who would have thought?

When I was little, my family used to go to Austria for vacation. My parents like to hike - I hated it.I couldn’t stand it. Why? I don’t know, I just thought it wasn’t for me and I made a huge drama, every time. 

Throughout the years, as I have grown more fitness and health conscious and developed a liking for being outdoors, hiking has become more attractive. And now I have come to a point where a good hike can be really refreshing - and tiring, but in a good way, of course. And I am actually doing it voluntarily. 

If you are into hiking, San Diego and its surrounding area hold many options for different levels.

Luckily, there’s quite a few trails to choose from and I’ve yet to cover some ground here. 

When my dear Aly was visiting, it seemed only natural that we needed to a) get a different perspective on San Diego and b) do so while getting the heart rate up. 

We drove about 30 minutes - maybe a little less - before we reached the parking lot. 

Cowles Mountain happens to be the highest spot here in San Diego and is to be found in Mission Trails Regional Park. This specific trail is roughly 3 miles long, considered to be moderate but it can get comparatively steep - I think. Due to its proximity to the city, this is a very popular hiking spot and unless you hit the trail super early in the morning, you will for sure bump into people. 

As we were making our way up in a good pace, some people had obviously decided that this wasn’t enough: they ran. Guys, I have huge respect but apparently I haven’t reached this fitness level yet.

We stopped a few times along the way for a few poses - naturally. 

The view wasn’t too bad either. 

Hey, hey, San Diego!

How could we not take the famous handstand picture?

It was hot that day! After 40 minutes or so, we had reached the summit. 

Oh, there you go. Another one of those.

We watched the world around us getting, slowly but surely, tinted in golden light before we started our descent. 

This hike I can tick off the list and guess what, I am actually excited to see what other trails are like. 

Funny, how things can change when you grow older.