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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…

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…

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 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.

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 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…

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…

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…

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 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

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 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…

El Cajon

Went early and watch Super Bowl as a reward

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…

El Cajon

What a slog fest this hike is.  Beautiful views but the constant up and down is crazy.

Kick my butt mountain ⛰

Trail in good condition but some areas are slippery. Slipped twice. Some severe downhills and uphills which got my cardio up and kicked my butt.…

Knee Buster

Definitely a challenge of endurance, if trying to beat your best time for mileage covered. Great view. Enjoyed it. Weather was perfect. Clear sky. Cool…

El Cajon Mountain aka Rollercoaster Hike

Wow. This is definitely a rollercoaster style hike.  The trail is beautiful and challenging.  There were only a handful of hikers on the trail today.…

A Roller Coaster Trail!

Start Time: 11:00am Summit Time: 1:52pm I am so happy to be back in my hiking boots and starting this  6-Peak Challenge which is right…

Conquered the Beast

El Cajon Mountain is located in El Capitan Preserve in Lakeside, CA. This strenuous hike is considered to be the toughest local hike and part…

Two peak Tuesday; #1 el cajon

Delightful day! 2 hr drive down parked outside the gate just in case I was not going to be done by the time the gate…

A snowy El Cajon

Rocks 🪨 may be slippery Be ready for uphill on the way back Nice and sunny 🌞 a bit cold 🥶 little bit windy 🌬

Climbing El Cajon Mt

Tough hike! Many steep ups and downs both ways. The weather was perfect for it though, nice and cool with cloud cover. Unfortunately, the clouds…

El Cajon Mountain

Sunny day with some high clouds I’m the afternoon. No too hot, highs in the 70s. One of the hardest in San Diego. The trail…

El Cajon Mountain

Monday 1/18/2021 My husband and my self star this hike around 9am. Was ver challenging for my self I have arthritis on my knees, and…

Perfect Day

Tough Hike, but met someone at the very beginning that has done it multiple times. Made such a difference hiking with a partner-didn’t  focus on…

Ups and Downs is El Cajon

Decent sunny day. Parked at the lot which opens at 8am and closes right on 4:30pm. Trail is clearly visible and wide enough for social…

El Cajon Mt.

Started early to beat today’s heat. Took longer then expected, but was good enough with daylight still, trails were crowded in and out. But was…

El Cajon and El Capitan

Wow! Record heat wave and the hottest San Diego summit. ✅!!! We did it, two summits today El Capitan and El Cajon. Up at 3:30,…

El Cajon Mtn

It was a hot day! However we conquered and we delivered, crossing off one our challenges for the 2021 6POP. (3/15)  Always a fun adventure…

SD beast

Started early to beat the heat, is it always hot in SD?  The views at the top are gorgeous, the continual ups and downs were…

Hard as always

Great morning and great weather, sun was out but not too hot , wind was nice, had the the trail for our self,  after noon…

Oh but the views!!!!

This was the hardest one so far for me and would do it again. Saw some bunnies and lizards. The views where clear and beautiful!!…

The worst foot killer

El capitan Well what can I say phew. Great hike great views but its a killer. As we started our ascend dog and i we…

El Cajon Mountain

El Cajon mountain is always a beast, I’m happy I got it done, beautiful in spots and beat up trail in areas

El Cajon Mountain

This hike was a challenge! I heard a lot about it from fellow hikers and I’m not going to lie, I was nervous! I’d never…

Starting the year right

We started at 6am not a lot people just yet.  Trail was  fine till we started to steep incline.  Not major  we have to rock…

El Capitan

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…

Unforgiving El Cajon

An unforgiving slog, best done in cool weather and starting early. Lots of up and down both ways, with steep rutted trails. Nice views at…

El Cajon Mountain

Bring lots of water more than you think you need. Start early it took me 7 hours to complete.

El cajon mountain

The hike had a lot of steep hills, and when you add strong heat waves, it becomes a challenging experience. But with the right shoes…

El Cajon-Glad I waited

Did this in December. Great time of year to do this hike.  There isn’t much shade so I can’t imagine what it would have been…

And #18 completes the set

Perhaps not the worst, but with so much elevation gain on the way back and with the steepness of much of the trail, EL Cahon…

Toughest in San Diego

Up and down hike coming and going. Crazy elevation change, bring twice as much water than you think you need.

#6POPsd

Great day for hiking! #SteadyIncline

El Cajon Mt.

Wow. This hike was unforgiving. Rolling inclines. My legs were done after this one. Hardest hike in SD thus far.

El Cajon

Hide, but very rewarding hike!

El Cajon – a grind of a hike

El Cajon Peak was a grind of a hike. Almost 12 miles and over 3,600 feet in elevation gain. The climbs were steep and there…

El Cajon Mountain

Hike #68 📍El Cajon Mountain 🥾 11.4mi 📈 3,576ft gain 🏔️ 3,675ft peak ⭐ Arguably the Hardest Day Hike in San Diego County ⭐ Six…

Grueling Beast

NEVER AGAIN! and WTF another incline ran through my head often!!!!!! Could be the snacking on leftover Thanksgiving Feast, pumpkin pie, buttery mashed potatoes, stuffing,…

En Fuego El Cajon

I was dreading this hike of all the hikes on my list, the way people talk about it is daunting. The day was perfectly clear,…

I fought my way to the top!

I had hiked El Cajon Mountain before but I needed one more peak to complete my challenge.  I already knew what I was up against…

Quad challenge

This was one of the toughest, hike that I have done,  but I loved, it.  The day I did it was nice weather not to…

El Cajon Mountain

Chilly early morning hike to El Cajon Mountain on the first day after rains. I really enjoyed the “you are here” elevation profile signs with…

El Cajon Mtn

11/7/2020. Cold, rainy, overcast all throughout the hike. Moderate to hard. Definitely a butt kicker. Lots of greeneries but mostly not tall enough for shades…

The Hardest Hike in San Diego?

This was a solo hike up what is often described as “the hardest hike in San Diego.” I’m not sure if that’s a marketing ploy…

El Cajon Mountain

Started at 6:45 am. Only saw a few people the whole day. Had the peak to ourselves for a hour. Beautiful day, not too hot.

El Cajon

Should be called “la muralla del cajon”.  Aptly named, as you do need a sturdy pair of cajones to climb this. This was not a…

If 2020 Were a Hike

This hike messed with our heads on the way down.  Lots of up and down.  The heat was a factor for .e near the end…

El Cajon

Wow, definitely a knee jarring hike.  Elevation up, down, up, down, up, down etc…but a beautiful day. I had the summit all to myself-was so…

Getting that El Cajon Cardio!

El Cajon Mountain is a notoriously solid workout of a hike (especially in the heat) and offers a little bit everything from steep inclines to…

El Cajon

Summer Hot? don’t do it in the summer

Mr El calenté

Hot!!!!! Hot!!! Hot!!!! started at 3:30 which is late! it’s was warm and humid. This hike goes up up up and then it does down…

El Cajon

Huge regret bringing my pup. My Aussie. We started at 2am to beat the heat. I failed! We reached the peak before sunrise 🌅 by…

El Cajon Mountain

An awesome hike with @azteca_hikers, @sdcrazyhikers, @RYP_hiking, @outdoor_athletic_enthusiasts, we start really early for two reasons: watch the sunrise and beat the heath (all hikers accomplished…

Rise & Shine

Peak 14 of 18 This was a hike I’m glad I started at 2:30am. At around 4ish am on some parts of the mountain I…

El Cajon Blaze

Tough!  Seriously no joke.  I thought I was better conditioned for this, nope!!  And pretty devoid of people, only saw about 9 others on the…

El Cajon Mountain

“IT JUST KEEPS GOING” ..is what I shouted repeatedly to my friend during our ascent to El Cajon Mountain Complete exposure, incredibly steep climbs, uphill…

El Cajon Mountain

This was my biggest yet. Started at 5:30am and in hind sight really would have loved to have traded an hour of sleep for an…

Dynamic Duo Tackles ECM

Started the trail at 5:30am and finished right at Noon, so right at 6.5 hours with a good little rest at the summit to take…

El Cajon Mountain

This is a great, but challenging hike.  I was fortunate enough to hit the trail on an overcast day with a high of 71.  Would…

El Cap

As much as folks down here talk crap about this trail I actually love it. When the weather is nice of course. They actually close…

Solo Sunday Summit – El Cajon

beautiful breezy weekend hike… started in the mist, enjoyed the scramble at the top and even ran into some hiking friends along the way.

El Cajon in the mist

This trail is steep to the point of silly in several places.  The last half mile would be well served by a few switch backs…

San Diego’s beast of a hike

I got out there on the trail at 6:15 am to be the heat. Luckily there was a nice marine layer until I got about…

El capitan

We stared early 5am weather was perfect, it was a challenging hike. From the parking lot are 12 miles. Nice view at the top. Take…

El Cajon Mountain

Last hike before Half Dome. Really hot day! One of the girls couldn’t make it all the way up and the other started overheating on…

El Cap

Great weather! Overcast in the morning, sunny in the afternoon.

Not an Easy El Cajon Hike!!!

Definitely a hard hike.  We started at 8:30 a.m.  It was overcast until about 11 a.m. which was perfect for this hike.  Steep and slippery…

Hills on Hump Day

Peak #11 ✔ El Cajon Peak~ Hills on Hump Day & Completed all 6 San Diego Peaks!  Definitely not a hike to do in the…

This IS War

Crazy how one of the shortest peaks of this challenge has the most strenuous trail in SD county. Steep inclines + some loose rocky terrain…

Nothing small about El Cajon

El Cajon! Beautiful views but reminded me of a roller coaster ride. Took me a really long time to accomplish this as it got hotter…

El Cajon Mountain

Tough hike for the size of the mountain but very enjoyable

Great view

It was a good Hike, one of the more difficult hikes I have done to date. The view at top is absolutely amazing. Very few…

Rainy Day at El Cajon

We prepared for a hot sunny hike. However a few days before the hike it was projected that there was a chance it would rain…

El Cajon in the mist DDay HIKE

Not only did I hike my 8th peak in 6PoPC, I also did it for DDay 76th Anniversary, June 6th 1944. The men that stormed…

El Cajon

Awesome hiking in the rain