Trail of the Month: Lake Murray to Cowles Mountain

Difficulty Level

Challenging, experienced hikers in peak physical shape


9.3 miles out and back

Good to Know

Dog friendly
Not stroller friendly
Free parking



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.

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