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The difficult and exciting way to El Cajon Mountain.


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2.9

Miles

4.7

KM

Point to Point

3,219' 981 m

High

566' 173 m

Low

2,658' 810 m

Up

6' 2 m

Down

17%

Avg Grade (10°)

141%

Max Grade (55°)

Dogs Unknown

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This is a cool route but it is not for the faint of heart. I'd have been reluctant to try it if I hadn't been with an experienced hiking group that had done it before. Those sensitive to heights or some exposure should take proper precautions or look elsewhere.

At the end of this trail, catch the El Cajon Mountain Summit Trail and go another 0.5 miles to summit El Cajon Mountain. If you set up a car shuttle, you can return on the El Cajon Mountain Summit Trail, for a total distance of 9.5 miles.

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Matthew Kidd

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  3.9 from 8 votes

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A triangular rock marks the prow of El Cajon Mountain.
Apr 2, 2017 near Harbiso…, CA
A hiker ascends the steep prow of El Cajon Mountain.
Apr 2, 2017 near Harbiso…, CA
Taking a water break! About midway up the climb, and a quarter of the way of the entire distance.
Oct 7, 2016 near Harbiso…, CA
El Capitan Reservoir can be seen from the prow of El Cajon Mountain.
Apr 2, 2017 near Harbiso…, CA
And so the climb up the prow of El Cajon Mountain begins.
Apr 2, 2017 near Harbiso…, CA
Enjoy the view looking back at El Monte County Park from the prow of El Cajon Mountain.
Apr 2, 2017 near Harbiso…, CA

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Sep 3, 2018
Drew Juergensen
Really steep hike some scrambling but insanely fun
Apr 1, 2018
Milan Gem
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