El Cajon Mountain

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El Cajon Mountain
View of El Capitan from Santee's Sky Ranch .jpg
View of El Cajon Mountain looking east from Sky Ranch development in Santee
Highest point
Elevation3,677 ft (1,121 m)[1]
Prominence1,955 ft (596 m)[2]
ListingSan Diego peaks list[3]
Coordinates32°54′53″N 116°49′12″W / 32.914825394°N 116.820044197°W / 32.914825394; -116.820044197Coordinates: 32°54′53″N 116°49′12″W / 32.914825394°N 116.820044197°W / 32.914825394; -116.820044197[1]
El Cajon Mountain is located in California
El Cajon Mountain
El Cajon Mountain
LocationSan Diego County, California
Topo mapEl Cajon Mountain
Easiest routeHike class 1[3]

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.[4]


The summit of El Cajon Mountain is at 3,677 feet (1,121 m).[1] The mountain is almost completely surrounded by private property and an indian reservation,[5] but the mountain itself is mostly within the Cleveland National Forest or the County of San Diego's El Capitan Open Space Preserve.[4]


There are two main routes to climb El Cajon Mountain, the main class 1 trail hike from Lakeside, California, and several class 3 climbs up the south face,[5] which is now private property[6] and closed to public access.[7] The main trail hike is considered one of the hardest hikes in San Diego County because of its steep climbs and rolling terrain.[8]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "El Cajon". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
  2. ^ "El Cajon Mountain, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
  3. ^ a b "Sand Diego peaks list". San Diego Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved September 17, 2021.
  4. ^ a b "San Diego River Park Foundation". San Diego River Park Foundation. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  5. ^ a b "El Cajon Mountain". SummitPost.org. Retrieved October 30, 2014.
  6. ^ "San Diego River Park Foundation". sandiegoriver.org. Retrieved March 21, 2021.
  7. ^ Crishazzard (March 17, 2021), English: Sign At Closed Area of El Cajon Mountain Summit Junction, retrieved March 21, 2021
  8. ^ Hazzard, Cris (March 21, 2021). "El Cajon Mountain Trail Guide". HikingGuy.com. Retrieved March 21, 2021.