El Cajon Mountain

Hiking El Cajon Mountain Trail

Frequently described as being, “the toughest hiking trail in San Diego,” El Cajon Mountain hiking trail is well-known for its relentless elevation changes and remarkable 360 degree views from the summit. Also known as “El Capitan” or simply “El Cap,” El Cajon Mountain is a beast of a hike that challenges your will and tempts your spirit.

Grab your day pack, stock up on water, slather on the sunblock, throw on those hiking shoes and head out for El Cajon Mountain. You’ll be tested and you’ll be tired, but in the end you’ll be proud to say you conquered El Capitan!

El Cajon Mountain trail info.

  • Distance: 11.0 miles (round trip)
  • Hiking time: 5-6 hours
  • Type: Out and back
  • Elevation gain: 4000’
  • Difficulty: 8/10 (distance, elevation gain)
  • Elevation: 3675’
  • Rank on 100 peaks list: 55/100
  • Usage: Hiking, Trail running, Mountain biking, Dogs allowed
  • When to go: Spring, Fall, Winter

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Robb Keele

Robb Keele

Robb is a native San Diegan and avid hiker, backpacker, picture taker and 52 Hike Challenger. He created Getgo Outdoors with the goal of giving back to the outdoor community and inspiring others to get outdoors.
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