Elevation: 2,345 ft
GPS: 32.9041, -116.818
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Description

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

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.
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b
 80
Bright Eyes
Trad, Sport 2 pitches
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c
 52
Buffalo Brothers
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 160
Meteor
Sport 4 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 288
Leonids
Sport 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 29
The Swiftness
Trad
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 50
Sleeping Giant
Trad 10 pitches
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b
 52
Mañana
Sport 2 pitches
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b
 31
Crackamite
Trad
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 16
Black Castle
Sport
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c
 91
Triton Tower
Sport 3 pitches
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 23
Line of Fire
Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 19
Swiftness Direct
Trad, Sport
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c
 41
Tears of Envy
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 27
The Commander
Sport 5 pitches
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b
 12
Pockets of Resistance
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Bright Eyes Wedge > Blue Sky Wall
 80
5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b Trad, Sport 2 pitches
Buffalo Brothers Wedge > Blue Sky Wall
 52
5.8- 5b 16 VI- 14 VS 4c Sport 2 pitches
Meteor Wedge > Left Wall
 160
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 4 pitches
Leonids Wedge > Left Wall
 288
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Sport 3 pitches
The Swiftness Wedge > Triton Tower
 29
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad
Sleeping Giant Mountaineer Walls > Toe
 50
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 10 pitches
Mañana Wedge > Left Wall
 52
5.10b/c 6b 20 VII 20 E2 5b Sport 2 pitches
Crackamite Wedge > Right Wall
 31
5.10d 6b+ 21 VII+ 21 E3 5b Trad
Black Castle Wedge > Center/Headwall
 16
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport
Triton Tower Wedge > Triton Tower
 91
5.11a 6c 22 VII+ 22 E3 5c Sport 3 pitches
Line of Fire Wedge > Right Wall
 23
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
Swiftness Direct Wedge > Triton Tower
 19
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Trad, Sport
Tears of Envy Wedge > Center/Headwall
 41
5.11b 6c 23 VIII- 23 E3 5c Sport
The Commander Wedge > Center/Headwall
 27
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport 5 pitches
Pockets of Resistance Wedge > Triton Tower
 12
5.12c 7b+ 27 IX- 27 E6 6b Sport
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