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Elevation: 1,676 ft
GPS: 32.89671, -116.82641
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Shared By: Monte Swann on Apr 2, 2014 · Updates
Admins: Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer Ski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Warning Access Issue: Raptor Nesting Advisory DetailsDrop down
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The Toe area has the most consistently moderate climbs of El Cajon Mountain on some of the best granite found anywhere. The South exposure provides ideal winter climbing with just enough breeze to keep the rock temps perfect.

Getting There Suggest change

The trail to the Toe is NOT the same as to Main Wall.  It begins on the same trail as to the  Mountaineers Wall. Begin the same way from the parking area but go 100 ft past the Forest Service raptor information sign. The trail begins up a gentle slope progressing to a bouldered ridgeline. Towards the top of the ridge there is a metal sign marking the first fork to The Toe.  If you continue to another metal sign for Mountaineers Wall and West Tier areas you have gone too far. Take the fork down hill to the left leading in 10-15 minutes to the Toe. This entire trail is much shorter and less painful than that of Main Wall and about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours for most folks. Another option is to continue up the road past Mountaineers Trail about 1/4 mile passing the quarry. Take a right at the sign for the Toe, this is the direct route to the base. Going straight on the road will access the so. ridge trail.

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Classic Climbing Routes at The Toe

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13
 19
Madi's First
Sport, TR
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13
 7
Horseshoes
Trad
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 9
Spark Joy
Sport 2 pitches
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b
 10
Shiver
Sport 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 8
Sugar Free
Trad 2 pitches
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c
 20
COVID
Sport 4 pitches
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13
 21
Swine Flu
Sport 2 pitches
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a
 8
Up.
Trad 3 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 18
I Love Red
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13
 16
Any Portland In a Storm
Sport
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 65
Sleeping Giant
Trad 10 pitches
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a
 5
Chimney Fire Drill
Sport
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b
 5
Chilly Nuts
Sport
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a
 6
Call Her Daddy
Sport
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b
 4
Run Home To Mommy
Sport
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Madi's First
 19
5.5 4b 13 IV+ 11 MS 4a PG13 Sport, TR
Horseshoes
 7
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13 Trad
Spark Joy
 9
5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Shiver
 10
5.7+ 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b Sport 2 pitches
Sugar Free
 8
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Trad 2 pitches
COVID
 20
5.8 5b 16 VI- 15 HVS 4c Sport 4 pitches
Swine Flu
 21
5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13 Sport 2 pitches
Up.
 8
5.9 5c 17 VI 17 HVS 5a Trad 3 pitches
I Love Red
 18
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Sport
Any Portland In a Storm
 16
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13 Sport
Sleeping Giant
 65
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Trad 10 pitches
Chimney Fire Drill
 5
5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a Sport
Chilly Nuts
 5
5.10b 6a+ 19 VII- 19 E2 5b Sport
Call Her Daddy
 6
5.12a 7a+ 25 VIII+ 25 E5 6a Sport
Run Home To Mommy
 4
5.12b 7b 26 VIII+ 26 E5 6b Sport
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