Illustration by Ashleigh Corrin
Challenging, experienced hikers in peak physical shape
9.3 miles out and back
Good to Know
Not stroller friendly
Start on the bike path from the parking lot off Lake Murray Boulevard, but instead of going to the end, head right on Park Ridge Boulevard and then follow Golfcrest Drive to the Cowles Mountain trailhead, where the real work begins.
What to Instagram
Your Fitbit when you’ve finished this long trek.
Why We Love It
You can challenge yourself by extending the distance of the usual Cowles Mountain hike with a scenic walk or run around Lake Murray.
Where to Refuel
Get craft beer, plus hearty brunch options, sandwiches, and salads at KnB Bistro (6380 Del Cerro Boulevard, Del Cerro), which also has a dog-friendly patio.