El Cajon Mountain

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]

El Cajon Mountain
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[1]
LocationSan Diego County, California
Parent rangeCuyamaca Mountains


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.

See also


  1. "GNIS Detail - El Cajon Mountain". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  2. "El Cajon Mountain - peakbagger.com". Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  3. "San Diego River Park Foundation". San Diego River Park Foundation. Retrieved 30 October 2014.
  4. "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.

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