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Hottest day yet!

It was one of the toughest hikes I’ve done in San Diego. The elevation gain was incredible. The 91° hot weather probably didn’t help. But…

Getting spicy with El Capitan

Leave early!!! This was a challenging hike but we lucked out with overcast skies on the way up.  Brought 5L of water which was plenty.…

El Cajon

It was a challenging hike!

El Capitan claiming souls

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…

El Cajon Mountain

Started about 6:30am, temperatures were great until the last few miles.  Weather was clear and great views from the peak.

El Cajon Mtn Never Disappoints

This was not our first hike of El Cajon Mountain so we knew what to expect…for first-timers please read below. We started the hike at…

Day 5, Mountain 6, THEN THE BEACH!

Favorite hike of the six pack! Great mixture of inclines and descents along the way to the peak. Also, there were great views.

El Cajon.. El Strenuous!

I started this hike at around 6AM. The parking lot was closed but I was able to park on the side of the road. There…

The Final Hike

My final hike of the 6 Pack challenge, and definitely the toughest. Fortunately the difficult uphill climbs were fairly spread out, so you weren’t doing…

El Cajon

The hike was tough, lots of hard work. Constant relentless ups and downs. Lots of very active bees on the path.

El Cajon Mountain Trail

Long and climby!  We started at 0800 so it warmed up fairly quickly.  Not much shade.  Lots of other hikers.

The Hike of Hell

This hike is not for the faint of heart.  It’s difficult, up and down the entire way, and we basically wanted to die.  I’ve never…

One and done!

I have a hike to sell you! Do you like being 100% exposed while hiking? For 8 hours? Do you like taking a gallon of…

El Cajon was challenging

Saved the hardest for Last in the SD6POPC. This is my 3rd time summiting El Cajon. My time was definitely better even after tweaking my…

Tough El Cajon

Tough hike! Almost didn’t make it. Just didn’t feel good a whole lot; queasy, internal body getting warmer & warmer. At mile 3, I took…

El Cajon Rocks!

This one is for the records!   Elevation gain, views and rock climbing make this one to remember!

El Cajon Mountain

started the hike at 7 am and parking lot was open. Beautiful day and not too hot (75). Took 2 miles to get to actual…

Up & Up & Up El Cajon Mountain

When I saw that El Cajon Mountain was on the San Diego list I almost didn’t sign up. To say I hated this trail would…

Hot and challenging

That was definitely a challenging hike! When they say up hill both ways they mean it! Lots of elevation gain and the last half mile…

No shade of El Cajon

Overcasting weather the day of my hike.  Not seeing a beautiful view from the summit was unfortunate, but lucky that didn’t get roasted by weather…

Rollercoaster in the sunlight

Beast mode. Toughest hike in San Diego for sure. I drank 4L of water and could have used another. New sign on top, old broken…

El Cajon Mountain

As with all previous posts we found this a challenging hike, mainly the last 1.5 miles to the summit and back, the rest is not…

El Cajon Mountain

Started 6am, 3 hours to summit, then 3 hours back to trailhead.  Trail very rough in many places; many slick downhill Stretches, hiking poles strongly…

First of the month

Trail condition are good and weather was sunny with cool breeze. Good hike

El Cajon and back again

This was definitely a bit harder of the six. Lots of flowers blooming. Quite a few little gnats but offset by lots of swallowtail butterflies.…

Ridiculous El Cajon Mountain

Long… hot, rocky, steep many times over, did I mention HOT! My wife and hiked this trail and all we could think about was our…

OMFG….

This trail is pure evil. But we made it, and were still able to laugh at the end. Alex took all the pretty pictures…I was…

El Cajon! Mission Accomplished!!

Started at 6am anticipating the hardest climb out of all the SD peaks and was pleasantly surprised with how good *I* felt throughout. Road back…

El Cajon Sunset

For the last peak of the San Diego Challenge, we decided for a sunset hike. Started around 1300ish with the temperature at mid 70s F…

Easy Day hike…not!

Set out a little after 7am…2 hrs. 20 min. up and 2 hrs. 40 min. down.  Quads hurt more coming down than up.  Do this…

El Cajon

Tough hike and bring plenty of water and good shoes. The elevation gain is intense. Watch out for snakes, we saw 3 or 4.

Fantastic Hike

Trail May have had ups and downs- but my spirit was all up. Well hydrated and just did my own pace and I felt fantastic.…

Toughest Hike to date

It’s an uphill and downhill battle. From parking lot, it’s a 0.5 mile-paved uphill leading you to the toilet before starting your 11/12 mile-hike. Temperature…

Hardest hike ever!

Hardest hike ever! .3 mile to the summit was all uphill. Make sure to bring enough water and start really coz no shade all the…

El CaWHAT (Cajon) Mountain

I’ve hiked many trails in San Diego but I can honestly say that El Cajon mountain is one of the toughest hikes I’ve ever done.…

El Cajon

Second attempt- on my first attempt I didn’t start early enough and it got way too hot.  Still got hot this time but it was…

El Cajon Mountain

This was a very tough hike and was really more like rock climbing.

Beast mode

This hike was tough on the way back, but we were mentally prepared for it. Beautiful views at the top. Bring hiking poles, killer on…

Two-fer and a guy from Boston

Been nervous about this hike. I’m normally  a slow-ish hiker. Figured I’d get Er done between 8-10 hrs given my past hikes and that mileage…

“MY LEg!”

The hike was tough of course but mostly it just felt long. True to what people had told me to expect, I kept wondering ‘how…

Long Route in the Clouds

We (Shasta, Mark, and myself) hit the trail around 6:30am. There were low clouds for most of the hike which hurt visibility but made the…

El Cajon Mts

El Cajon Mts is very hard to hike up and down. We made it to arrive top of peak. What a beautiful scenery!! Weather is…

El Cajon Thigh Buster

Back at it after a few weeks of hiking around Anza Borrego and Joshua Tree while they’re still cool(ish). It was awesome to be back…

El Cajon

This hike was serious but if you take it seriously you’ll be fine! There was a lot of up on the way down but I…

El Cajon Mountain

Hardest so far!  My knees gave out after the second hill returning to the parking lot.  Anyway hiking all the way to the summit was…

What the HILL!

These pictures says it all. Know before you go. Plan ahead. #realtalk 👊

The Beast In The East

Took advantage of a break in the heat to get this one done. Had a steady breeze all day otherwise it would have been hot.…

I’m Still Alive

This hike always has my number.  It’s uphill both ways, no joke.  The trail itself is pretty rough most of the way with deeply eroded…

Lil Donkey

Lived up to it’s reputation …very tough and a footing challenge in many places. Beautiful of course, killer views at 2k ..above shrouded in fog.

Early bird gets the view

Got the blue sky ranch lot at 3:00am. Had to park on the side of the road since the lot wasn’t open yet. It was…

El Cajon Mountain

Thiefs broke car window of a fellow hiker at approximately 3:30am. Stole two pair expensive sunglasses, drivers license and credit cards. Theif were immediately actively…

Sketchy lakeside mountain

Most difficult hike. Felt uphill in both ways. unfortunately my car was broken into at the trailhead and my wallet was stolen. we hiked at…

Grueling

Wow, am I glad I did this hike now. Multiple times I came close to turning back but hikers other hikers gave me encouragement. I…

El Cajon Peak

Total ass kicker… we were in a bit over our heads…planned last minute…not enough water…but we did it…gotta keep the mental game in check and…

El Cajon Mountain trail

I already did El Capitan peak a few months ago and this trail is still very nice. I started this morning with a gloomy weather…

Brutal

This hike was sponsored by Barbara Riley from Keller Williams Realty my partner in this hike was Pam I have to admit she is my…

Up and Up at El Cajon

They say it’s uphill both ways…and they aren’t kidding! El Cajon was a butt-kicker through and through. We each went through 4-5L of water and…

El Cajon Mountain

What a Day! BRUTAL , but worth the effort! I Seriously can’t wait to tackle it again! The next time however I WILL kick its…

El Cajon Mountain

Rainy day, but perfect for this hike. 3 hours to get up and 2 to get down. Loved it!

I Survived!

The reports about this trail scared me off from doing the San Diego Six Pack of Peaks for 2021.  I’m glad I did it this…

#4 – El Cajon Mountain

#4 down…El Cajon Mountain!!! It’s a beast, but in a good way. Started just after 7 AM and finished just after Noon.

Up, up even on the way down…

Started just before sunrise at 7:08am and completed the hike 5 hours and 19 minutes later. Mile 6 took almost 50minutes with mile 2 &…

Outta Water El Cajon

Oh my god Becky!!   So we started this hike all happy and go lucky!  We ended the hike thankful for our lives!!  Pack more…

The Backdoor Hike

This hike was a beast but amazing!!! Also sopped by El Capitan.

El Cajon

Nice and challenging hike!  Pleasant weather but the sun was strong when not in the shade.

El Cajon Mountain

I’ve never been in so much physical pain on a hike .. San Diego’s toughest trail deserves its notoriety. This is the finale of the…

El Cajon Mountain

This 11.3 mile hike was a little bit of a butt kicker!  We made the round trip in just under 5 hours 4 hours 50…

El Cajon Mountain

Completed hike #5 of the SoCal Six Peak Challenge. Up today was El Cajon Mountain. Did this hike last year and it’s a butt kicker,…

Uphill both ways

11+ miles of ups and downs. Definitely the hardest of the SD SPOP’s for me. Every year I say never again 🙂 Go prepared with…

UP and DOWN!

The slopes are rocky and loose. The route has ups and downs along the way. The trail is mostly exposed and gets hot so start…

The Monster (El Cajon Hike)

It was a wonderful hike with spectacular views as you were climbing to the top. I did it with a group of fast hikers. Technical…

We did it!

It was a very comfortable day for this hike.  Great views along the way. I liked the milage and elevation signage along the way.  The…

El Cajon Mountain

The parking lot is big but closes at 5:30 FYI so if you plan to start later or leisurely hike, I would park off on…

Six peak virgin

Started hike @ 6am.  Was in the shade most of the way up. Required just the 1 application of sunblock on way up. Weather was…

El Cajon in the books

My longest hike so far! We started at 6:30 and finished by 12:30.  Glad we left early to avoid *most* of the heat.  Took my…

El Cajon Mountain Trail

Weather was fantastic. Left at 0700, it was cool the entire way. Trail was clear and well taken care of.

Hardest first

Started at 6am, recommend the early start!!

El Cajon for the win!

Sixth and final summit for 2022. Straight forward early start to beat the unusual February heat.

El Cajon Mtn

Hot day! Us trailsisters helped a hiker who was in need of help getting off the Mtn. She had ran out of water, we gave…

El Cajon Mountain…gasp

Don’t do this when it’s 85 degrees out. I don’t usually drink a lot (like 1l for a 10-miler) but I went through 2l and…

Up, down, up, down……

Hiked to El Cajon Mountain with the Cairn Connection girls. It was a warm, clear day and we pretty much had the trail to ourselves.…

El Cajon Mountain Hell Hike

This trail is no joke! Up then down then up then down and the summit was SO FAR away, but I made it! I got…

The BEAST! El Capitan

Wow, this trail is a beast!  She tested my endurance.  My dog was a hiking beast herself as usual.  She’s only a year and a…

El Cajon

It was cold morning 37 degrees. It got warm quick as soon as the sun was out. Temp high was 76 degrees but feel like…

El Cajon

It was pretty hot that day, thanks goodness we started really early.

El Cajon Mountain

One of the more challenging hikes I’ve done; the total elevation and milesage is only a few miles/100s of feet off of doing Mission Trails…

My personal challenge

EL CAJON MT. I did this hike a few years back during one of the hottest days of August and it was not pretty to…

El Cajon

Toughest hike I’ve done in SD.  This is my third time with it slowly getting easier.  Weather was perfect being cool with a slight overcast.…

Two for 1

Started at 6:20 AM , great weather breakfast after

The Hardest Hike in San Diego?

I parked outside the lot, which opens at 8am, and started my hike at 7:02am on the dot. There is a restroom available before you…

El Cajon Mountain

The grade sucks. Probably the hardest hike in SD County because it’s on a road, not a trail It’s just as hard coming back as…

El Cajon

Ground was a little slippery at steep inclines. Wear some shoes with traction (you’ll survive without it too). Do El Capitan on the right near…

El Cajon Hike-N-Bike

Wife of my good buddy wanted to do this next on her hiking journey- I’ve done it a good number of times.  Her husband, my…

San Diego’s Finest

I started the hike nice and early like always the conditions were nice and cool until halfway through the sun came in the hills were…

Grinding Away on El Cajon Mountain

This is a beautiful mountain with amazing views but definitely a bit of a grind with the constant up and down.  Every year I tackle…

2022 – El Cajon Mountain

This was my 5th peak on the challenge and I got an early start, knocking off the first hour under the light of my headlamp.…

El Cajon Mountain (2/6)

When we were hiking up El Cajon, many things happened. It was challenging and tiring while we were going up because it was very steep.…

Did once and for it again ?

It was very steep. And steep to go up, means steep to go down. A hiking stick helped Once at el Cajon mine as well…

El Cajon Mountain

Great hike, brutal slope, and lots of showers, but the view was undeniable

El Cajon is still a beast

Probably the toughest hike of the SD six pack. Not at all very high, but lots of steeps ups and downs both ways, and somehow…

El Cajon

Picked a tough one to summit for the first of the 6 pack. Lots of fun, plenty of ups and downs as so many have…

El Cajon Mtn

The day started in the clouds and ended with only a little sun. There were a ton of cars already parked when we started but…