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El Capitan claiming souls

Peak Summited2022 El Cajon Mountain
Type of HikeDay hike
TrailheadEl Cajon Trail Head Parking
Road ConditionsRoad suitable for all vehicles
Bug StatusBugs were not too bad
Snow ConditionsSnow free
Trail ConditionsTrail in good condition

What a beautiful grueling hike!

I picked this (1 of 6) first as it was closest to my house.

Started at about 1130 and finished around 1615.  Approx. 11mi. round trip.  Temp was in the low/mid 80s with clear skies, beautiful.

Saw 7 hikers in total, all on the return as I was heading to summit.

I came expecting a challenge and was met with just that.  The flat sandy trails were nice for me to catch a breath and there was a respectable amount of shade throughout.  I loved the temperature drop at the summit coupled with the wind to reward my body, even if it was for a brief moment.

Going back was a bit more difficult as I didn't enjoy the downhill walk anymore.  Also ran low on water with a few miles remaining, but thankful to Blue Sky Ranch's cooler of water for replenishing my thirst.

This was the first time up this trail and I underestimated it, but definitely enjoyed it.  I will be back…

On to the next hike!

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