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Is this trail hard?

Is this the hardest trail in San Diego? I haven’t been in San Diego for that long but it’s definately the hardest trial I’ve been…

El Cajon Morning

Freaking finally! I had summitted three times prior- last successful summit was July 4- and during my attempt before this one, on February 14, I…

The hardest hike in SD

This hike is considered “the hardest hike in San Diego” and I absolutely agree! It is important to do your research for this one. For…

Roller coaster!

Generally overcast weather with cool breeze all throughout…made for a perfect day to hike this beast!

El Cajon Mountain

The majority of the trail is well maintained. Beautiful wildflowers along the entire trail.  Parking area gate is locked at 7:30 PM.  Would not recommend…

I did it again…

6/7/2021. Hiked again with a friend to complete her SD 6PoP. We’ve been waiting for a weathet like today; overcast, dry but with cool breeze……

Hike above the clouds

We started early so the dark and misty cloud cover made for a great almost half of the hike. We only saw a couple of…

Hike 4 of 6 El Cajon Mountain

This was a really tough hike. I brought water, but most of it in the car (bad decision). There are inclines going both ways and…

Long Palomar

Of the day we choose to hike this peak it just happened to be a hot day. The sun was on us the entire time,…

El Cajon Peak

El Cajon! Beast of a hike. Started at about 7:00, and we finished just after noon. Overcast on the ascent but a beautiful view once…

El Cajon got me good

I love the challenge but this kicked my rear. So worth it, though. Glad to get this done! 6 of 6 ????

El Cajon Mountain

El Cajon mountain trail (11.3mile..yes you read it right..) is 7 hours round trip. It’s long, punishing, and relentlessly steep from start to finish. Definitely…

Peak #6

One of the hardest of the San Diego Six-pack challenge. Luckily weather was cool and overcast with some mist at the peak.  

ECM up down, up down …

This was a great hike. Very, very difficult though. I loved the trail towards the end, felt like I was hiking through the jungle, minus…

El Cajon Butt Kicker

Took us 8 hours with a bunch of teenagers. Needed 3 liters+ of water each! Sore for a few days. It was great!

El Cajon and el Capitán

I forgot how tough this one is. Seriously uphill both ways. But so much fun. Great challenge and beautiful views from the top. Everyone I…

Consistently Kicks Your Butt!

We arrived at approximately 5:45 a.m. in order to beat the heat as we are familiar with this hike! The parking lot doesn’t open until…

May Day at El Cajon

This hike was an afternoon hike, partly because I didn’t want to get up early and partly because I wanted to use this hike also…

Ups and Downs

Beautiful blue skies, some clouds – perfect weather, high 60’s – not crowded – rough terrain, but much better than times before (it’s been smoothed…

The Beast of San Diego part 2

Attacked the Beast one more time. This time with my son and dog. The weather was good for the hike. Once again the Beast did…

Morning El Cajon Hike

It was a nice up to El Cajon Mountain. I started at 520 am and finished around 10:00am. I would highly recommend starting early as…

Can’t talk gotta burn ????????

Sun-kissed and a gentle breeze fanned the whole way, a perfect spring day out there. They’re not kidding it’s uphill both ways. And wild lilac…

El Cajon

Weather was pretty good. Nice breeze most of the day.

El Cajon Mountain

When you run into a random trail runner who asks “Excuse me, do you know what all this craziness is?” you realize you may have…

The Burner!!

The views were awesome throughout and our motivator to finish were the views of Barona Casino where we’d wind down and have lunch after lol.…

El Cajon trail

I started the hike at 7am. I knew it was going to be in the 80s and there was no shade. The inclines are up…

El Cajon

What a doozy this hike is.  Literally up hill both ways!  Kicked my butt but I did it!

El Cajon Mountain

Very rocky.  Uphill both ways. Lots of bees. Hot with little shade

El Cajon – The Beast

We started at 6am & headlamps were needed to get to get to the trailhead.  Temperature was cold at 38 degrees, so dress in layers…

El Cajon You did me in

Wow is all I can say. This was one mother of a hike. All the hype about this being the toughest hike in SD is…

Got My A** Handed To Me!

I was pretty confident in my hiking abilities until I climbed this beast, lol. The incline is so steep in many places, I had to…

The KILLER SD peak – El Cajon

I thought the climb was awesome! My group – not so much lol! I only regret that I FORGOT MY HIKING SHOES and had to…

Cloudy With a Chance of Elevation Climb

Hiking El Cajon after the Thursday rains provided the perfect condition. Take the reviews and comments seriously. This was by far one of the hardest…

The Real Deal El Capitan!!!

Whew!!! That was a tough one for sure. Lots of ups and down. Going down the mountain was just as challenging physically, mentally, and cardiovascular…

Probably won’t be doing that again

That was by far the most challenging hike I’ve ever done. I honestly don’t understand how so much of the hike back is uphill when…

El Cajon Peak

Perfect weather and could not imagine doing this with warmer temps. Extremely challenging but I did it!!!

El Cajon

They weren’t lying when they said this is the toughest hike in SD! Lots of steep inclines BOTH, I repeat BOTH ways! This trail is…

The Trek of Inclines

The day was cool and cloudy with a high of low 70s. The cool weather was a huge benefit when hiking this open trail. There…

UP & down

This was my first time as well as all my friends that hiked with me, on this trail. We didn’t know what to expect other…

Capitan Box

No Excuses! I hiked with a friend that is 75 and had pacemaker surgery 5 weeks ago. He made it to the peak, you can…

2021 El Cajon Mountain

HARDEST HIKE EVER!!! Toughest peak in San Diego!!! Uphill both ways!!! My first time here and will definitely not come back anytime soon or will…

El Kapoy (Tired) :-)

Generally overcast with a light chance of rain according to the forecast. When we started the hike we thought the same thing will happen as…

El Cajon Mountain

Started from the Wild Flower rd entrance and was able to park inside the beginning parking lot. The weather was great as it was an…

El Cajon

3/20/2021. Definitely got my complete cardio-pulmonary exercises with emphasis on gluts & quads. I both love & hate this trail, hahaha. But sure will come…

El Cajon

Oh boy, this one is difficult!!!   Quite steep.   The tenth mile is steep uphill when you’re exhausted.  The last 1 1/2 miles to the top…

Beast of the East

Nice and sunny, a very little bit of mud on the trail, BUT what a nasty trail up and down, false peak after false peak.…

Cajon Solo

I can’t imagine doing this hike any time after March. It’s incredibly exposed and just an unreal dark magic of being a billion times hotter…

El Cajon Mountain

On Sunday, I hiked El Cajon Mountain with my buddy Elias, the hike was amazing, all the ups and downs both ways made it quite…

El Cajon Peak

Made our best time yet up this awful peak ????

El Cajon Mountain March

Not as hard as I thought it would be. Very well-maintained trail. A lot of scrambling at the peak!

Up, up and away

This was a long trial with some steep sections – especially toward the end. Had a blast climbing over the rocks. Weather started out pretty…

Up and Down, Clear but cloudy

Got on the trail at 0630. It was cool and partly cloudy. The trail is a tough one. The start is steep, levels out a…

El Brutal Cajon Mtn

Hike started out ok. Partly cloudy, a little chilly and a light breeze. As I approached the Stop sign telling us that we’ve reached the…

A wet & wild ride at El Cajon

We experienced it all at El Cajon Saturday! Wind, rain, hail, heads in the clouds! Unfortunately no view for us this day. So I’ll take…

The beast El Cajon Montain Summit

Perfect overcast morning. Not crowded, lots of elevation gains and losses both ways. Summit view is beautiful and we were able to enjoy it all…

El Cajon Mountain

Such a great hike with our crew and beautiful weather was the icing on the cake. We loved the little fruit stand and all the…

Los Cojones & El Capitan

My favorite peak to hike in San Diego County!  Also not surprisingly the toughest and sometimes most brutal workout that leaves my quads burning for…

The Grind

This hike was a very satisfying challenge.  The grind never let up to or from the summit.  Smooth trail, rocky washed out trail. and climbing…

Cajon Peak

One of my hardest hikes. Very challenging. Beautiful 360 view!

El Cajon

2 buddies and I hiked this one. The up and down keeps this one interesting. At one part you think you must be at the…

El Cajon Elevated

Trail in decent shape with some boulder skree etc lots of of other  hikers, crowded at the summit. Long hike, lots of ups and downs…

I didnt know El Cajon had mountains!

Super fun hike! We arrived early 6:00 AM  and parked on wildcat canyon road and began hiking.  The hike is  a little challenging in that…

Uphill both ways

There is an honor system fruit stand at the trailhead with tangerines, avocados and bottles of water.  Bring cash if you want to grab a…

Si Capitán

3/6/21 10:39 El Capitan County Preserve trailhead 13:41 El Cajon Mountain summit 16:42 El Capitan County Preserve parking lot

El Cajon Mountain

Mile 1 starts by going passed a couple house and a fruit stand where there is about a 50 yard stretch of concrete. In between…

Never Ending Hills ????

The views from the top are amazing and so rewarding after a rock scramble, and a grueling trek over never ending rolling hills. Glad I…

Up Down Around & Back Up Again

We arrived at 7:30am and there was already a good amount of cars parked on the road. Gate to park in the lot opens at…

You have to earn your views

This was a tough trail. Three distinct climbs with descents in the middle meant there were climbs on the way back too. It’s a pretty…

El Cajon☠️

Today we summited El Cajon! We started at 7:05 and ended up back at the car at 2:30. The trail got hot once noon rolled…

El Cajon Mountain

“They” say it is the toughest hike in San Diego and it was tough enough for this old fogie. But the views from the summit…

Rollercoaster El Cajon

This hike is beautiful and challenging. The up and downs of this hike are quite rough on the knees and feels like hiking a rollercoaster.…

El Cajon Mountain

Weather was really chill during the morning, perfect for completing the strenuous hike Third time completing this hike, it gets better with time.

El Cajon- The Burn

This is a brutal hike. You feel it both ways. I never felt more accomplished than after completing this hike!

El Cajon Mountain

What a difficult hike!  Believe every word when you read reviews about being prepared, this hike is no joke!  The train is 11.3 miles from…

El Cajon Mt

El Capitan Trail is no joke. 5.37 miles each way, 4000’ vertical and 42% slope.   It’s literally uphill each way.   This is hike…

El Cajon Mountain

Not as bad as I thought it would be! Can’t wait to beat our time next time!

No, Not El Cajon!

The weather was beautiful as we started out at 6:30 AM.  The restrooms along the trail near the start were well maointained and a nice…

2 dogs, 1 hike

We hiked this last week, too, but had to turn around about a mile from the summit due to time constraints, so I’m so happy…

2 dogs, 1 hike

We hiked this last week, too, but had to turn around about a mile from the summit due to time constraints, so I’m so happy…

That beast is steep

Second time doing this beast and combined it with nearby El Capitan on the occasion of my birthday. It was plenty warm already and there…

El Cajon

Trail was good very well marked, steep sections, bees at the top. At the entrance of the trail there’s a mini fruit stand with delicious…

El Cajon Mountain

My second time and I managed to beat my time by an hour+. Windy at the top, but worth the view and mental/physical challenge.

Climbing El Cajon Mountain

This was a tough, but fun hike. I felt like I was on the stairmaster for at least 3 hours. I thought the trail was…

El Cap is the Boss

This hike is everything everyone says it is…Hard!! The first 3 miles are bearable but that last miles to the top are grueling.

Sunrise to sunset

Early morning meet up 6am.. First hike in a few months so i was excited.. Morning breeze was great. Not cloudy but the cool in…

El Cajon Mountain aka “the beast”

This was hands down a burner.  Just when I thought we were done climbing I’d look ahead and there’s another climb. This one kicked my…

The Beast of San Diego

The weather was cool and the sky was clear. You can see downtown San Diego from the top. The hike itself is brutal. Ups and…

El Cajon Mountain Peak

Hike was awesome. Very challenging, views were spectacular. Started around 730am. Got back to the car in 7 hours. Trail well marked near the peak…

El Cajon Mountain

The hike was very intense very rocky and basically all uphill this was actually the hardest hike I have ever done in my life so…

El Cajon is a beast

This peak was no joke! Just when you thought you are past the steepest and worst part you’re wrong, because it keeps getting worse and…

El Cajon

This was definitely a hard one!!

Butt-kicker

This was a mentally challenging hike. So many step climbs and descents. That goodness for the green sticks at the last half mile or we…

El Cajon 2021!

As usual it’s challenging trail, but well worth it!

El Cajon Mountain

This is my 4th time hiking this trail in my life.  I’ve twisted my ankle last October, so I brought my hiking poles and those…

This one is Unbelievable

I feel accomplished after completing this hike. The trail was rugged and rocky in places. Very steep ups and downs in others.  Definitely one of…

Great prep for bigger hikes!

Countless ups and downs, very rugged terrain, perfect weather and beautiful views from El Cap. However by the time we summited  El Cajon fog moved…

El Cajon

Was difficult, but did not die!!

El Cajon Mountain (no joke hike)

This was a hard hike, took us almost 7 hours, recorded on all trails. 4:54 moving time, total time 6:54. 11 miles avg pace 26:38…

El Cajon

was not an easy one.  had clouds on top and no view

El Cajon Mountain (“EL CAP”)

Located in the County’s El Capitan Open Space Preserve. Parked on the side of road as we wanted to get head start. Parking lot opens…

Boulders? What boulders?

This was a great hike. All Trails rated it as hard so, I expected it to be challenging. I think that helped. A good night’s…

El Cap

Definitely one of the hardest hikes I’ve done. Proud of ourselves for tackling this beast. The weather was perfect in the mid 50s. My hiking…

F***** El Cajon

There is truth to a lot of what I read.  It was a tough hike but very well worth the climb and the bragging rights.…

El Cajon

Tough inclines, even tougher declines. I will bring trekking poles next time. Exhilarating hike!

NOT The Hardest Hike in San Diego™

I needed a good hard hike to keep training for upcoming my Red Top/Sawtooth attempt. I considered some of the harder desert hikes as an…

El súper cajón

This is a super hard hike. There is no going up slow and coming down fast. The whole way up and back it’s up and…