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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

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…

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.

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…

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…

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…

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

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

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 Mountain

May 31….my first time doing a peak I have only admired from Dictionary Hill summit, which is by my house. While I was prepared, I…

Sunrise(almost) on El Cajon

Decided to knock out another of the Six-Pack of Peaks, this time El Cajon Mountain. Since it is starting to get hot and this is…

El Cajon Mtn

Uphill both ways. Downhill both ways. Steep. Lots of rocks. Some bouldering required.

Memorial Day on El Cajon Mountain

My free solo hike to El Cajon Mountain last Memorial Day weekend. Started at 5:30 am and reached the summit by 10:30 am. It’s my…

The Ups and Downs of El Cajon

The upside: The trail signs are clear all the way to the peak and back. The downside: The signs pretty much warn you of the…

El Cajon

It was cool in the morning almost 85 by the time I finished. Drank lots of water.

El Cajon

We started early in the morning our hike but the sun was grilling us! This trail is a butt kicker and 3 L of water…

Tough Hike

The steep up and down will get to you eventually! Great workout

Morning in the clouds!

The hike started at sunrise and we were above the clouds. The sky opened up to clear skies. On the return it was very hot…

Tackling the Beast: El Cajon Mt

I started off my journey on my final 6th peak of my first year of the challenge with the beast of all hikes, the hardest…

El Cajon

Perfect weather for this hike today.  Rain yesterday kept the dust down and clouds kept the temperature nice. Trail lived up to its reputation for…

Uphill Both Ways

Awesome, grueling workout!  Lots of steep ups and downs.  And yes, it somehow is uphill both ways!

After 2 Months of Quarantine

This was the best feeling ever after 2 months of placing this challenge on pause and hiking in general. The trail is pretty exposed but…

El Cajon Mountain/El Capitan Summit

Eleven-ish miles and roughly 3,300 feet of elevation gain.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ It was sunny and the skies were bright blue when we began our not-so-gradual ascent.…

El Cajon in the heat

It was very hot even though we started early. Bugs at the top. Needed to bring more water for next time.

El Cajon, She’s a beast!

El Cajon will be always be monumental hike for me because prior to this, I had safely been in quarantine for approx. 7 weeks. So…

#5 El Cajon Mountain & El Capitan

Temperature in high 70’s sunny with little breeze. We started at 6:25am and done by 2:30pm. I brought 4L of fluids and finished all of…

Fat guys death march

We had started this hike last week and realized we did not bring enough water. So we turned back. More determined then ever to conquer…

Never Gets Easier!

This hike is a relentless push to the summit;  although the peak is at 3,648 ft, you will have gained approx. 4,000 ft in elevation…

Felt like 2 Hikes

Felt like 2 hikes.  You definitely have to work going both ways.

10/18 El Cajon Mountain

El Cajon Mountain March 22nd, 2020 3 take aways from this hike; and then some: The all trails map says this trail is closed, it…

¡EL CAP!

If you’ve done any research into El Cajon Mountain Summit, you may have heard that it’s “uphill both ways”. Well, that’s absolutely true, thanks to…

El Cavation

Climb, climb, climb – lots of hills and valleys. Elevation gain is worth the view!

El CajOn

Had a good time hiking this spot. Not crowded.. probably because the trail was closed due to recent erosion from the rain. It was doable…

El Cajon

Wet and muddy and tough!

2nd summit done.

What a hike. Uphill both ways. Started out kinda cool. Was anticipating rain. Stayed cloudy till I got to the summit. On the way down…

2nd summit done.

What a hike. Uphill both ways. Started out kinda cool. Was anticipating rain. Stayed cloudy till I got to the summit. On the way down…

7th Peak of 2020

This was the most difficult peak because of the rocky wash basin and scramble at the top. It’s steep and slippery. Glad I did it,…

El Cajones!

Omg didn’t expect this one to be challenging but hiking back up on your way back to the car sucks. i hated hiking in going…

El Cajon Mountain

Trails is in good condition, with loose rock at certain sections.  Ups and downs for days, but doable.  Once you summit and head back down,…

Happy Birthday to ME!

Who doesn’t want to begin their birthday MONTH celebration at the summit of a peak? To be quite honest, no body that I would care…

ElkaJohn Mountain

Among my groups on Facebook is “SoCal Trailmixers (Singles Only)”, and a few weeks back, I posted that I was planning on hiking El Cajon…

El Cajones!

Omg didn’t expect this one to be challenging but hiking back up on your way back to the car sucks. i hated hiking in going…

El Cajones!

Omg didn’t expect this one to be challenging but hiking back up on your way back to the car sucks. i hated hiking in going…

El Cajon Mtn

Challenging hike with relentless hills and amazing views. Make sure you bring plenty of water.

Child Birth with no epiderural

Wow!! This trail reminded me of life…up/down but only way is thru it!!  Also reminded me of child birth without pain meds….our bodies forget the…

Leap Year

I think we picked the perfect day to do this hike.  We started around 7:30am this morning and it was around 50 degrees. By the…

El Cajon Peak

We had perfect weather. Low 70’s, sunny, very little wind. The trail was well marked except at mile 2.5 there was a fork in the…

Do People really love this hike?

Ok, I always wonder why I wanted to do this hike.  It is truly a butt kicker.  Most hikes are up and down one time,…

Dramatic Clouds at El Cajon

Cajon Mtn is challenging but a rewarding trail. Trail is steep and washed out in places, so have boots or good hiking shoes. A little…

El Cajon Mountain

Tough but manageable hike. Warm but good time of year to tackle this trail. More foot traffic later in the morning- but not to the…

El Cajon

hot no shade. Tough hike. Lots of elevation gain and loss

Brutal Beast

Perfect weather for this beast! High of 78 degrees. I brought 2.5L of water and ran out at the last mile. I would recommend to…

El Cajon

This hike was brutal, but I got it done and will probably never do it again lol I started at 7, and hiked at steady…

#1 Checked Off

Not sure why I picked this hike for my first for the challenge.  It’s been on my list for quite a while, but seemed too…

El Cajon

Trail was well maintained.

FTH 2 Peaks – 1Weekend

Definitely a hike that people may underestimate. It’s an amazing work out! Start early to avoid both, the foot traffic and especially the heat. Hike…

El Cajon: What a Toughie!

Another double peak weekend! Boy, what a treat to hike El Cajon on day one! (Insert sarcastic emoji here) Never under-estimate the San Diego peaks,…

El Cajon Mountain

Weather was great.  Hike was tough.  The way back was brutal.  Kept hydrated and snacked often.

Beautiful “Rolling” Hills

Beautiful views from start to finish on this hike which made the constant steep up and down hills worth it. We had fantastic weather. Despite…

El Cajon

Beautiful winter day. Cool in the morning, but warmed up as the day progressed. Sunny skies. My first hike with the Hiking Challenges Meetup group.…

Ups-and-Downs

4th Peak. Coming back from a 3 week vacation with no physical activities and little bit of jet log, I wanted to challenge myself so…

El Cajon Mountain

We called this one the roller coaster hike. Lots of elevation gain and loss. Scramble to the top for beautiful views!

Caught In The Rain

     Get comfortable with your uncomfortable! I decided for that weekend it was time to push myself a bit more than I have been.…

Amazing views with killer climbs…

This was a beautiful day for a challenging hike! We started around 8am for an 11+ mile hike. Lots of gains in elevation along the…

Peak #6

Went on a warm day. Trail offers no shade at all. Fun hike, great leg workout. Lots of up and downs. Make sure to have…

El Capitan 🏴‍☠️

It was my first time hiking 🥾 this mountain ⛰ it is a beast but love the view , it took me 7 hrs it…

Sore Buns

The hike was hard going up and just as hard going down. No shade almost the whole way. Took about 7 hours to complete. Beautiful…

El Cajon

Very challenging hike with little shade.

El Cajon Mountain hike

1st peak of 2020 in the bag! This was my first time hiking El Cajon Mtn and really enjoyed the challenge!  Hiked on Saturday, 2/8,…

El Cajon Mountain

It truly was just as hard on the way down as it was on the way up.  The mile markers, which had maps on what…

El Cajon Mountain

Hot weather + no shade= sunburn. Not too hard for the toughest hike in San Diego. 😜🤪