At Sweetwater Zen Center we have a tradition of hiking up Cowles Mountain to see the sun split on the Winter Solstice.
Cowles Mountain, part of Mission Trails Regional Park, has a Kumeyaay Winter Solstice observatory site, located along the trail of the tallest peak in the city of San Diego. From the eastern horizon, at dawn on the days surrounding the solstice a peak splits the rising sun.
The original stone arrangement pointing to the peak was destroyed many years ago, according to Ken Hedges, curator with the Museum of Man, but it has been since recreated, and is a popular hike destination around the Winter Solstice. (from the Viejas website).
Sunday, December 21st, meet at the Zen Center at 5:30am or meet us at the mountain. Actual hike starts @ 6:00am.
Directions: (Mission Trails Regional Park, San Carlos) From I-8, exit north on College Ave. then turn right (east) onto Navajo Rd. Drive 2.5 miles to Golfcrest Dr. Turn left on Golfcrest Dr. and park. Meet near the northeast corner of Golfcrest Dr. and Navajo Rd. Water and facilities.