El Cajon Mountain

Peak Summited2020 El Cajon Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadEl Cajon Mountain Parking TH (El Capital Trail)
EncounteredFall foliage
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Chilly early morning hike to El Cajon Mountain on the first day after rains. I really enjoyed the “you are here” elevation profile signs with the ones at miles 2, 4 and 5 comically daunting as if the trail was strategically matched at this mile markers. But the over 3,500 feet gain is in 4 waves and I found them not difficult on this cool morning. Of course I may have a different experience when warm or hot and in fact the trail is closed in August due to heat. The last quarter mile is a fun scramble similar to Sitton Peak so trekking poles are your hiking pals.


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