El Cajon Mountain

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El Cajon Mountain
View of El Capitan from Santee's Sky Ranch.jpg
View of El Capitan looking east from Sky Ranch development in Santee
Highest point
Elevation3,648 ft (1,112 m) [1]
Prominence1,955 ft (596 m) [2]
Coordinates32°54′53″N 116°49′11″W / 32.9147711°N 116.8197465°W / 32.9147711; -116.8197465Coordinates: 32°54′53″N 116°49′11″W / 32.9147711°N 116.8197465°W / 32.9147711; -116.8197465[1]
LocationSan Diego County, California
Parent rangeCuyamaca Mountains

El Cajon Mountain, commonly known as El Capitan or El cap, is a mountain in the Cuyamaca Mountains, and prominent natural landmark in the East County of San Diego.[3]


The summit of El Cajon Mountain is at 3648 feet (1112 m).[1] The mountain is almost completely surrounded by private property or an indian reservation,[4] but the mountain itself is mostly within the Cleveland National Forest or the County of San Diego's El Capitan Open Space Preserve.[3]


There are many different hikes and climbs up El Cajon Mountain, with difficulties ranging from a class 1 hike all the way up to a class 3 Scramble.[4] All the climbs are difficult due to the considerable elevation gain.[5] The trail head is located within the community of Lakeside, California.


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  1. ^ a b c "GNIS Detail - El Cajon Mountain". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  2. ^ "El Cajon Mountain - peakbagger.com". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  3. ^ a b "San Diego River Park Foundation". San Diego River Park Foundation. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  4. ^ a b "El Cajon Mountain : SummitPost.org : Climbing, hiking, mountaineering". SummitPost.org. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Hiking up to El Cajon Mountain Peak in the El Capitan Preserve". Retrieved 30 October 2014.