Best trails in El Cajon

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Looking for a great trail near El Cajon, California? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Cuyamaca Rancho State Park or Border Field State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Lake Poway Park or El Capitan County Preserve. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in El Cajon ranging from 2.4 to 11.6 miles and from 757 to 1,748 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in El Cajon
Top trails (10)
#1 - Crestridge Ecological Reserve Trail
Crestridge Ecological Reserve
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 46 m
Crestridge Ecological Reserve Trail is a 1.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near El Cajon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail ofShow more
#2 - Valley View Truck Trail
El Cajon, California
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 4 h 7 m
This great route has great views for the final couple miles. We recommend starting early to avoid the heat. La Cresta Ecological Reserve is located near the Horsemill Rd side of the trail. This is a fShow more
#3 - Rock House Loop
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 16.1 mi • Est. 7 h 56 m
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.Show more
#4 - El Cajon South Ridge to Wildcat Canyon
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 8.7 mi • Est. 6 h 5 m
El Cajon South Ridge to Wildcat Canyon is a 8.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near El Cajon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trShow more
#5 - Valley View Truck Trail Loop
El Cajon, California
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Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
This variation of the Valley View Truck Trail does not go all the way to La Cresta Ecological Reserve. Instead, it turns right about 2 miles in and ascends to another great viewpoint. Great for hikingShow more
#6 - Damon Lane Loop
Damon Lane County Park
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Length: 1 mi • Est. 27 m
Damon Lane Loop is a 1 mile point-to-point trail located near El Cajon, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking.Show more
#7 - Par 4 Trail
San Diego National Wildlife Refuge
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Length: 1.9 mi • Est. 53 m
Par 4 Trail is a 1.9 mile out and back trail located near El Cajon, California that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking,Show more
#8 - Suncrest Truck Trail [PRIVATE]
El Cajon, California
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
This is a private road, not a public trail. BEWARE!!!!!Show more
#9 - Sloane Canyon Trail [PRIVATE PROPERTY]
Sycuan Indian Reservation
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Length: 11.6 mi • Est. 5 h 32 m
Sloane Canyon Trail is a 11.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near El Cajon, California that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity optionsShow more
#10 - Conejo Creek Trail [CLOSED]
Cleveland National Forest
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Length: 7.3 mi • Est. 2 h 56 m
NOTE: As of May 2020, parking lots will be closed due to COVID-19 concerns. Please check with the park before visiting for up to date information. Show more