Saturday afternoon, my boyfriend and I took on the challenge of Cowles Mountain- a mountain located in heart of east county San Diego in between Santee and La Mesa. There are several different trails to take and we took the hardest (yes, I’m bragging 🙂 ). The back side of Cowles boasts an 1,100 gain in elevation and is roughly 5 miles round trip- compared to the 800 elevation gain and 3 mile round trip of the easier, more populated trail. It was fun but tough! I was definitely doubting my physical strength and endurance during this hike! Take a look at the pictures I took along the way!