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Elevation: 2,345 ft 715 m
GPS: 32.9041, -116.818
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El Cajon Mountain is located in East San Diego County. The area is primarily a sport climbing destination, but hiking out with a few cams won't disappoint the discerning trad climber.  Although most will brave the long approach to have at the classics on the Main Wall aka The Wedge. An abundance of amazing single to three pitch routes exists on the surrounding mountainside.

Getting There Suggest change

Take Hwy 67 or Interstate 8 to Lake Jennings Rd then continue heading east on El Monte Rd. Continue about 5.6 miles to an area along the north side of the road beside several 8' high telephone poles. If you reached the gate to El Capitan Reservoir you've gone too far. From the parking area on the north side, walk east a few hundred feet and you should see the wood plank foot bridge heading across the San Diego River. Follow the trail north. The first trail leaving the road leads to the Main Wall aka The Wedge, the second leads to The Mountaineers Wall.

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Classic Climbing Routes at El Cajon Mountain

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 181
Meteor
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 302
Leonids
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 34
The Swiftness
Trad
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 4
Crown Jewel
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 18
Black Castle
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 95
Triton Tower
Sport 3 pitches
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 32
Crackamite
Trad
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 23
Line of Fire
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 20
Swiftness Direct
Trad, Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 46
Tears of Envy
Sport
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a
 5
River of Life
Trad
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 30
The Commander
Sport 5 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 16
Pockets of Resistance
Sport
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c
 4
Here's My Number
Sport 2 pitches
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c
 6
I'm Your Huckleberry
Trad
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Meteor Wedge > Left Wall
 181
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 4 pitches
Leonids Wedge > Left Wall
 302
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 3 pitches
The Swiftness Wedge > Triton Tower
 34
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Crown Jewel Mountaineer Walls > Western Highlands
 4
5.10c/d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Black Castle Wedge > Center/Headwall
 18
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Triton Tower Wedge > Triton Tower
 95
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 3 pitches
Crackamite Wedge > Right Wall
 32
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Trad
Line of Fire Wedge > Right Wall
 23
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Swiftness Direct Wedge > Triton Tower
 20
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Tears of Envy Wedge > Center/Headwall
 46
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
River of Life Fly Dog Buttress
 5
5.11d 7a 24 VIII 25 E5 6a Trad
The Commander Wedge > Center/Headwall
 30
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 5 pitches
Pockets of Resistance Wedge > Triton Tower
 16
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
Here's My Number Wedge > Madness Wall
 4
5.13- 7c+ 29 IX+ 29 E7 6c Sport 2 pitches
I'm Your Huckleberry Wedge > Right Wall
 6
5.13b 8a 29 IX+ 30 E7 6c Trad
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