Cowles Mountain Sunset Hike from Big Rock Trail 9/18

Saturday, September 18, 2021


c5c48214f81fb0e918dd2671bb62deda.jpgCowles Mountain Summer Sunset Hike
Big Rock Trailhead
Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021, 5 p.m.

Join the Rock Church Hiking Ministry family as we journey to Cowles Mountain for our third Summer Sunset Hike! We’ll be starting from the Big Rock Trail in Santee and taking a different way to the peak. We'll traverse the Big Rock Trail to the Fire Road, cut across the Barker West Spur Trail to Barker Trail and finish on the main front trail. At the summit, we'll do worship and enjoy the 360-degree views. A beautiful sunset at 6:50 p.m. will highlight our return trip. If you have any questions about the hike, contact Vinnie Freeman at [email protected].

This hike is difficult. Please self-evaluate your fitness and hiking levels before attempting this hike.

If there is interest, we can go out to eat afterwards.

For we walk by faith, not by sight - 2 Corinthians 5:7

Park and Hike Info:

Click here to see the park map. For more detail on the hike, click here.

Trailhead Address:

8282 Mesa Rd., Santee, CA 92071

Meet at 5 p.m. The adventure begins at 5:15 p.m., so please arrive on time.

Carpool Address:

No carpool for this event.


Contact Vinnie Freeman at [email protected]

Hike at a Glance: 
  •  Difficulty: Difficult with some steep inclines and can be slippery in places
  •  Highlight: Sunset from the summit
  •  Distance: 6 miles (Round trip)
  •  Elevation Gain: 1,428'
  •  Hiking Time: approximately 2.5 hours
  •  Dogs (on leash) and kid friendly.
  •  Weather: Hike may be cancelled if it rains.
  • Bathrooms: Available at Big Rock Park by the trailhead
What to bring?
  • Good running or hiking shoes, trail is rocky in places
  • Comfortable clothing, bring layers as it will get cool
  • Hat or visor
  • Hiking Poles (optional)
  • Water (at least 1 liter recommended)
  • Snacks 
  • Headlamp or flashlight as it will get dark
Saturday · September 18, 2021
5 - 7:30 PM
Cowles Mountain Big Rock Trailhead
If you have questions, please contact Vinnie Freeman at [email protected].

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