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Nice, hike - definitely would do it again.

One of my favorites in SD. Lots of variety on the trail and amazing views at the top. Did this on a week day and had the summit all to myself

Such a sweet hike with some breath taking views right in our back yard... you get to feel disconnected from everything as if you were in Julian. That last part to get to the top gets a little tricky since it’s covered in bushes and the trail markers don’t start until you get to the rock of the summit.... the old mines and Jeep are some super cool things to check out to keep your mind distracted on your way up! I usually don’t take water but thought I should for this one and even then was really thirsty at the end after downing two liters... stay hydrated and enjoy the views!!

Great views and great workout both ways

Beautiful place

I have been wanting to do this one for a while. There was no water when I went but it was still pretty cool. To get there it is all down hill, that means it is a pretty steep hike on the way back. Every one says it is crowded. I went late afternoon and there were only a handful of people out. Most of the time I was just completely by myself. Cool hike though!

Short but a great workout, the 360 view was so worth it.

Cowles is heavily trafficked and lots of dust in the air. almost nobody after connect with Pyles

hiking
7 days ago

Saturday, 11/10/2018 completed The Warrior Challenge Hike supporting our Veterans Day 2018. Triumph at El Cajon Peak, signed the official Peak Log and located all 3 Geological Benchmarks. Tallied up 11.39 RT mileage and 3,936’ total elevation gains gains. 2nd time hiking the El Capitan Preserve and only made it El Capitan Peak back on 12/22/2013. 5-years later, 60-lbs lighter I now have sense of accomplishment being this is labeled the hardest hike in the entire San Diego County! So steep with numerous peaks and valleys to trek through I developed cramps again but all worth it at the end!

Great 10 mile hike!! I found this mountain to be very hard in the sense that is none stop up hill and down hill from beginning to end. It was a challenge!!! You definitely need plenty of water and snacks to replenish your energy.

Amazing views.

Best bang for your one day hiking buck! Well marked informative mileage signs with elevation profiles. Only out and back trail in SD County that is up hill in both directions.

Great trail!!! Did this with our hiking team, The Ginger Girls, on November 3, 2018. It is hard and definitely an out of comfort challenge...we loved it! amazing 360 degree views!

Amazing hiking. All the trail was very quiet so you could hear the sound of nature.

we started at 7am, when the sun was nice and finished by 1pm, around 11am the sun killed us, we consumed much more water and stoped more often to rest. 2.5 - 3 liters of water was enough! :) start early, finish before the sun is up!! great hiking!

My girlfriends and I did this hike at 6am and we were back in the car by 11am. it was foggy when we reached the top so we couldn't enjoy the view. It was also freezing cold so we headed back down. It was a great work out for all of us and will definitely come back again.

Good climb in elevation. Feel the burn. Really pretty scenery. Manzanita, oak, pine, and lots of beautiful views.

hiking
27 days ago

My friend and I hiked this Saturday starting at 9:15am. It was during the October Santa Ana and now I know why I won't be hiking it in the summer months. It can get pretty hot.
We wanted to have a fun hiking distraction while hiking down so we created names for each of the steep sections that were challenging enough for worthy mention. Here are the names in descending order from the top...
1. Summit
2. Jalopy
3. Tater Tots
4. Feather Duster
5. Hey what?! WTF?!?!
6. Sarah's Song
7. Sugar, please
8. Eggsellent
9. Deadwood
10. Tardy to the Party
11. #11 (we didn't think of one)
12. Knee Break
13. Lifted Spirits
14. Beer, please

See if you can figure out why we named them!

A perfect hike that is a test of endurance rather than being a hard technical climb. The path is clear allowing for a hands free ascent. It took about 4.5 hours, if you time it right, the sunset over the coast is spectacular.

Great hiking, with amazing views.

Never again, this hike is too dangerous.

Great trail. Cool off in the pool. Take lots of water!

Fun, but no water even after heavy rain fall.

Me and my son did this hike two weeks ago and we really like it the only thing that there was no water but it was breezy and nice, no rope though we were looking forward to use the rope but we did have fun!

Imagine pioneering it without all trails

Hay que tener un poco de condición pero esta ruta esta muy buena para un día de entrenamiento, el paisaje es bonito y los senderos bien marcados, en el sendero de big rock hay poca gente, para llegar a cowles empieza a ver mas pero al tomar el sendero a pyles esta solo. Me tomo 3:25 con dos descansos y me marca 12.71 km recorridos.

To Leslie Perez

Hey Leslie, we're planning to hike the south side of el cajon this Sunday October the 14th, we are about 6 hikers (mostly young women), let me know if you want to join us

Completed this hike with some of my friends. Started out @ 6am and got to the top before 9. The trail was not well marked so we found our way by reading others reviews.
The views from the peak was amazing. It was so relaxing just sitting on top of the rocks and staring out to an endless view.
I think the distance was calculated wrong because I got 7 miles total...and the wooden sign for Corte Madera that was mention from previous hiker is no longer there.
All in all it was a great hike! Another one of our favorite!

Ok, this is a no-joke trail! There are ups and downs the entire time - most hikes you get to the top and it's all downhill on the way home - NOT this one! It is especially a hard one if it's hot like it was today. Bring more water than you think you'll need. The signage here is GREAT! you cannot get lost - especially at the top where they were every few feet leading you to the VERY top. Awesome views!

Love this trail! Very hard try and go super early because it gets hot. One of the things I Noticed is that couple times I saw glass by where the parking is. The last time I was there they broke my rear window just to steal my backpack with nothing of value.
Shady people , just be careful

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