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The Center/Headwall is south-facing and receives sunlight most of the day. Temperatures may be a few degrees higher than El Cajon, so if climbing in the summer make sure to bring plenty of water.

The rock is granite and generally good; however, due to the number of climbs and pattern of development, rock fall from other climbers necessitates wearing a helmet.

Getting There 

The approach from the road is approximately 60 to 90 minutes with an elevation gain of about 1,800 feet.

11 Total Routes

['4 Stars',5],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',1],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Center/Headwall:
The Swiftness   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ E1 5a     Trad, 1 pitch, 50'   
Center Direct   5.10 6b 20 VII- E2 5b PG13     Trad, 4 pitches, 450'   
Spitfire   5.10c 6b 20 VII E2 5b     Trad, 1 pitch, 150'   
Black Castle   5.11a 6c 22 VII+ E3 5c     Sport, 1 pitch, 70'   
Swiftness Direct   5.11b 6c 23 VIII- E3 5c     Trad, Sport, 1 pitch, 85'   
Halcyon   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 1 pitch   
Diamond of San Diego   5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   
The Commander   5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ E5 6a     Sport, 5 pitches, 450'   
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Diamond of San Diego, Center Block Pitch (4).  A great pitch to link up with easier approach pitches.

Diamond of San Diego 5.11d 7a 24 VIII E5 6a  CA : San Diego County : ... : Center/Headwall
Varied sport climbing up the center of El Cajon Mountain. A mix of easy and difficult pitches separated by comfy ledges.Pitch 1 (5.9): A short pitch that starts on a right facing wall.Pitch 2 (11a): Known as "The Box Pitch", this pitch begins with a tough mantle and continues to be quite powerful. Tough for the grade.Pitch 3 (10b): Leads to the right side of Command Center Ledge.Pitch 4 (10b): Climb classic the arete of the "Center Block" on positive holds. The view from here is amazing. ...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

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