|Peak Summited||2022 El Cajon Mountain|
|Type of Hike||Day hike|
|Trailhead||El Cajon Trail Head Parking|
|Road Conditions||Road suitable for all vehicles|
|Bug Status||Bugs were not too bad|
|Snow Conditions||Snow free|
|Trail Conditions||Trail 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!