Cowles Mountain is the tallest point in the city of San Diego. Located in Mission Trails Regional Park, hikers may ascend to the peak of Cowles Mountain (el. 1,591 feet) and look down on eastern San Diego, La Mesa, Santee, and El Cajon. On trail to the top of Cowles Mountain, freeway ramps associated with the Interstate 8 / California 125 and California 52 and 125 interchanges are visible. Photos taken 06/27/07.
Pacific Beach, one of the coastal communities in San Diego, features Crystal Pier, which juts over the ocean. Built in 1927, it features the unique Crystal Pier Hotel with its cottages situated over the beach and water. At the end of the pier are areas for fishing and sightseeing. A boardwalk lines the coast in Pacific Beach, connecting the pier with a variety of waterfront restaurants. Photos taken 02/11/11.