The Toe area is technically located in the El Capitan Open Space Preservesandiegocounty.gov/parks/op… and less than 4,000' from an active golden eagle nesting site. Agreements between climbers and county officials have never been reached to officially allow climbing and development in this particular part of El Cajon Mountain. This is the exact reason why 3 others areas have been omitted from public eyes. I personally don't think it's a good idea to make this information public just yet for fear of losing access all together. -Dave Alden
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.
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.