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Rock House Loop is a 16.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near El Cajon, California that features a lake. The trail is rated as difficult and offers a number of activity options.

Length 16.1 mi Elevation gain 2,139 ft Route type Loop

Hiking

Mountain biking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Running

Lake

Wildlife

No dogs

Waypoints (4)
  • 1

    Parking at Shopping Center

    Park in the shopping center lot across the street. Safer for your vehicle. Use the traffic light to cross over to the bridge, lots of traffic.

    32.73805, -116.94131

  • 2

    Parking and bridge entrance

    Entrance to the bridge

    32.73407, -116.94098

  • 3

    Upper Tiki

    Park bench and shade for a break before you make the climb to the Rock House.

    32.68931, -116.97300

  • 4

    Rock House

    Its a grind to get to the top, but the view is worth the climb.

    32.68439, -116.96337

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Reviews (28)
Photos (443)
Recordings (22)
Completed (66)
Terry Chan
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Mountain bikingFloodedMuddyOff trailOver grownWashed out

Awesome mtb trail with varies condition steep climbs, muddy flooded areas , wash out up and down hills, 2nd time. Took a single track up to the towers, great view of city of San Diego and the ocean!

Lisa Agron
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Hiking

I tried for 45 minutes to find this trail. Was really looking forward to it. I parked at the shopping center, at the YMCA actually, walked around for half an hour, and never found it. I gave up and went to a different trail. Maybe next time.

Sonny D.
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Mountain biking

Steep incline, rocky switchbacks, and long trail. Beware—lots of dog owners leave their dog poop in the trail :((

Don King
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HikingNo shade

Great ups and back. Mostly switchbacks so nothing too steep. Our first time there and we went at first light so took a right at the parking lot and should have gone straight ( see picture). Worthwhile views at the top. Note that dogs ARE allowed on a leash ( see picture). We

Michael Jones
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Hiking

I love this trail. I have driven past the start point many times over the years and once I moved into the area I found a trail behind my house that connects to this and it quickly became my favorite hike. Lots of options here so anyone of any fitness or age can do it. If you do the entire loop it is hard but so many great spots to rest at or turn around anyone can go at their own pace. I take my dogs often and they enjoy it. We go super early when it is hot because there isn't much shade. We found a new rock path/bridge that I'm assuming only shows when the water dries up because I haven't noticed it before.

Edwin Juarez
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HikingBugsNo shadeOver grown

Good trail for running. The first 6 miles or so are quite flat but the last 2 have a decent incline. We got a tad lost and did the final ascend in one fewer mile, so that's an option if you like steep hills!

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Nicholas Housh
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Hiking

This is a great trail for anybody that like hiking outdoor running and mountain biking. it is one of my favorites place.. I’ll most definitely will be coming back.

MJ L
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Hiking

Great area with lots of trail options. Not a lot of people and lots of wildlife. Very enjoyable and definitely a good place to run or bike as well.

Frank Padaon
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Mountain biking

Great Trail if you want to test your climbing skills on your MTB. It’s a Challenge!!! Some pretty cool downhill trail options at the Top.

Jacqueline Castillo
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Hiking

Awesome hike very steep watch your step coming down so worth it !!!

Oswaldo Gomez
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Tommy Hintz
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JCesar Acevedo
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Terence Erroch
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Jeo Silva
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An M.
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Diane Brown
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Leticia Martinez
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Gilbert Barrios
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Sam Olea
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Paige Casler
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John Pani
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Gabby C
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Gabe Nicolae
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