El Cajon Mountain South Ridge

HARD 19 reviews
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El Cajon Mountain South Ridge is a 6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Blossom Valley, California that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as difficult and primarily used for hiking, rock climbing, and birding.

DISTANCE
6.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3,159 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

rock climbing

views

wildlife

no dogs

A more direct route to the top of el cajon mountain

hiking
1 month ago

The most difficult hike in San Diego. Great challenges come great rewards. The views are amazing just like they say. You wont be disappointed. It is very easy to loose the trail or try to go around an obstacle and end up on a cliff face or another impassable obstacle. This is more of a climb than a hike. Stay on the ridge line. The descent is harder then the climb, so give yourself plenty of time and bring at least 3 litres of water.

1 month ago

Help someone! If anyone could comment and direct me to The right trail head beginning for this trail, I would really appreciate it. Pardon my seeming noviceness LOL. I hike “hard to difficult” trails every week, and I’ve done the El Capitan side of this a couple of times, though not finishing it, going in at least 5 miles in and 5 miles back. I really want to do this south entrance trail. I parked just before the entrance of the reservoir and saw what looked like the beginning of the trail, though there are some little trails, each lead me to nowhere. I really want to do this side of the mountain it looks awesome. Anyone know exactly where to begin?

hiking
1 month ago

Choose your own adventure rock climbing! Lots of paths and routes, the all go up, but they're not kidding when they tell you to stick to the very center of the ridge (nothing like starting up a chimney and coming eye level to a bolted anchor 5' to your right on the same rock).
Going down is balls. This would be WAY better as a through hike (leave a bike or 2nd car at the main El Cajon TH).
I saw ZERO rattlesnakes (hiked from 10:30am to 4:30pm), but I did see not one, not two, but THREE GOLDEN EAGLES soar over my head. Best part of the hike.
I brought 2L and ran out towards the end. Bring at least 3L. The only shade on the entire hike is under lunch rock.
The discomfort of feeling sweat run down your legs under your gaiters is worth the protection from the billions of foxtails and evil desert bushes towards the top.

This site has good beta: http://www.vistaseeker.com/2016/01/25/el-cajon-mountain-south-arete/

hiking
3 months ago

Trail can be difficult to follow towards the top.
Started at 5:30am, went climbing 2 pitches, was at the car at 11am.
The brush created a narrow path.
Saw 2 rattlesnakes near path, wouldn't recommend hiking this one until Fall.

hiking
5 months ago

Total hike round trip is about 6 hours. The first part of the hike is mild until you get to the electric tower and then you start the climb up. The trail becomes harder to see as you will need rock climbing skills. This hike doesn’t require climbing gear but climbing experience will help. Very difficult but fun and the views are amazing. We will be doing this trail many more times to further explore other climbing areas.

hiking
5 months ago

Went the wrong way like a dope. Did discover two very nice climber's routes though. Got soaked in the rain too. I'll be back for the real trail. Gorgeous hiking and no one around really. Much prettier than the typical way up El Cap.

7 months ago

radical. difficult

8 months ago

Stellar hike with great views throughout the trip. Not for the weak or the broke. Most satisfying route to the top

hiking
8 months ago

climbed some rocks, saw some gliders, conquered some summits

hiking
9 months ago

This trail offers a more direct path to the top of El Cajon Mountain. It involves climbing the south ridge of the mountain and walking a path to the peak. Climbing the ridge is the hardest part about this trail and the climbing gets harder as you approch the top of the ridge. Once on top its smooth sailing to the peak. I did not need to use any rope. wear pants because the trail up the ridge is filled with razor grass and other sharp pants

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3 months ago

recorded El Cajon Mountain

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