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El Capitan

Peak Summited2021 El Cajon Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadUm El Cajon I suppose
EncounteredFall foliage
Hiking CompanionsHiked with a group
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusNo bugs
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

Bagging this peak happens to be an annual tradition for me and my hiking buddies.  Some of us summit. Some of us don't.  But we all gather at Stelzer Park for a potluck picnic when we're all done. Covid did not stop us from continuing our traditions this year. One thing I learned for absolutely certain this time. Take the left hand trail at the junction. It is shorter and steeper BUT it is much much less treacherous, especially coming down. Plus you get the added benefit of shade when the sun is low in the morning. I remember hiking this peak before some kind and wise soul placed the green stakes near the summit. Bless that person's soul! Makes the final ascent quick and easy. Love this hike.

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