Sloane Canyon Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews

Sloane Canyon Trail is a 11.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near El Cajon, California and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is best used from November until May. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

11.6 miles
1,286 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash


trail running


7 months ago

Very quiet walk - entrance downhill is very steep and slippy but after that it’s sort of like a service drive road
Go past the no entry sign and carry on later on the trail
Didn’t see another person on the 2 hours I was there but
BEWARE - on the way back about 2km from the entrance to the trail at the bottom is a house and an RV parked near. They are about 500 yards from the trail but I was attacked by two dogs from one of these properties. One was a Rottweiler and one a very large black Labrador cross. They were at least 800 yards from the properties when they caught up with me barking and snarling but I managed to fight them off with my rucksack!
So be careful

7 months ago

Pretty boring trail because it is essentially a service road. It is isolated so you don’t have to worry about crowds. However, the trail is not worth the drive as there are many more scenic and adventurous trails near the Cleveland National Forest that you should check out instead.

10 months ago

Good parking

Saturday, April 29, 2017

I started the trail from the Dehesa Rd. end. The first 4 miles are a maintained road which could be driven, but I did not want to leave my vehicle in an isolated spot. So, I walked the first 4 miles of road which had a short distance of uphill grade and the rest was fairly flat. The hills were green with lots of yellow and blue colored flowers, and a small stream near the road.. At about 4 miles there is a gate and the road is not maintained from that point, but remains more like a road than a trail. The small bridge there was safe enough to walk across. From that point to where the trail branches off the road and becomes more like a trail, it is uphill with switchbacks, but not too steep. The trail moves away from the stream and a nice view of the green hills and flowers as the elevation rises. A nice breeze started as the temperature went up. When the trail branches off the road, near the Loveland Reservoir, it becomes more like a trail and very steep the rest of the way to Sequan Truck Trail Rd. I returned using the same route for a total distance of 12.4 miles. It was a very peaceful, scenic, walk, with a lot of the trail beside a small stream with a band of healthy,green trees along the stream which made nice shaded sections. A couple of isolated houses and a trailer in the middle area of the route, but other than that just nice green hills with scattered boulders instead of packed with houses, colorful flowers, honey bees, a burbling stream, nice breeze, some shaded sections, mostly flat grade, and only a couple other people. A nice,quiet, scenic escape.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

1.2 miles in crossed the river then bridge with unsafe sign, right past bridge gate! guard!! really short hike

Sunday, March 05, 2017

Got there at 7:30. Made it to the river in an hour. Couldn't cross because of the all the rain. It was rushing. But. The hike was still great even though it was short. The hike back up is a leg killer, so be prepared. I wouldn't go in the heat for sure. Great views. Only saw 1 other person.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

Nice peaceful hike. You start this hike going down and can go for a couple of miles, but I only did 3 miles in and 3 miles out. Be cautious how far you go because you will have to go back up on an incline. Since I usually like to listen to Pandora, there was no service at all through out the whole trail, so no music for me. Once you get to the bridge, there will be a sign that says do not cross the bridge but I crossed it anyways and kept going until I reached the the 3 miles and then turned back around. There is very little shade so try doing this trail when it's a cool day. ENJOY

6 months ago

mountain biking
Monday, September 04, 2017

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Wednesday, March 02, 2016