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The Toe

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Any Portland In a Storm S 
Cactus Kiss T,S 
Horseshoes T 
I Love Red S 
Madi's First S,TR 
More Bits S 
Old Guys Drool S 
Swine Flu S 

The Toe Rock Climbing 


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Location: 32.89671, -116.82641 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Monte Swann on Apr 2, 2014  with updates from Dave Alden
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BETA PHOTO: Trail to The Toe 2

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  • Description 

    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 

    The trail to the Toe is NOT the same as to Main 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 are a number of large cairns marking the first fork to Mountaineers Wall and West Tier areas. Take the fork down hill to the left leading in 10 minutes to the Toe. This trail is much shorter and less painless than that of Main Wall and a little over 1 hour for most folks.

    Climbing Season



    Weather station 1.1 miles from here

    8 Total Climbing Routes

    ['4 Stars',0],['3 Stars',2],['2 Stars',4],['1 Star',2],['Bomb',0]
    ['<=5.6',1],['5.7',2],['5.8',1],['5.9',1],['5.10',3],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',0],['V2-3',0],['V4-5',0],['V6-7',0],['V8-9',0],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',0],['>=V14',0]

    Classic Climbing Routes in The Toe

    Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for The Toe:
    Horseshoes   5.7 5a 15 V+ 13 MVS 4b PG13     Trad, 1 pitch, 80'   
    Swine Flu   5.9- 5c 17 VI 16 HVS 4c PG13     Sport, 2 pitches, 270'   
    I Love Red   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
    Any Portland In a Storm   5.10a 6a 18 VI+ 18 E1 5a PG13     Sport, 1 pitch, 75'   
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Madi's First, great for leaning to lead. Its the f...

    Madi's First 5.6 4c 14 V 12 S 4b PG13  California : San Diego County : ... : The Toe
    Perfect first bolted lead for any aspiring climber. Great rock, all harder moves bolt protected. Belay chains at top do not have open links and leader will have to have knowledge to safely set up a bolt protected belay...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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    Rock Climbing Photo: Trail to The Toe
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    Rock Climbing Photo: Climbers on "Horseshoes" (left) and &quo...
    Climbers on "Horseshoes" (left) and &quo...
    Rock Climbing Photo: Helpful sign
    Helpful sign
    Rock Climbing Photo: Correct location of The Toe.
    BETA PHOTO: Correct location of The Toe.
    Rock Climbing Photo: Routes of the Toe
    BETA PHOTO: Routes of the Toe

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    By Blair Ryan
    From: Grand Junction, Colorado
    Dec 10, 2014
    why is everything PG-13 here?
    By Dan Evans
    From: Phoenix, AZ
    Dec 12, 2015
    I did not establish these routes but just climbed all of them today. They are safely bolted with bolts protecting every crux move. Bolts average every 6-8 ft. That been said most of these routes are on low angle slab so a fall above any bolt would not be fun and could potentially result in a sprained/broken ankle if you biffed a clip and fell. But this place is no more dangerous than any other slab climbs at the grades. PG-13 ratings are unwarranted in my opinion.
    By Michael Lagueux
    From: San Diego, CA
    Apr 10, 2017
    Agreed, nothing too spicy here. Well-bolted, fun climbs on excellent rock!

    We also climbed a route which doesn't seem to be on the topo or on here--it's the rightmost route on The Toe, to the right of "Any Portland In A Storm". 7 (or so) bolts to a separate bolted anchor/rap chains. Anyone know the details of this route?

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