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surfponto
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6/12/2016
surfponto
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We took advantage of the June Gloom to summit El Cajon Mountain yesterday.

Man that is one hard hike! Violin
12+ miles round trip with numerous uphills on the way back which kind of mess with your head. Took us 4 hours there and back which was pretty good if you read some other accounts of this hike.

Will have to do this one again before our Mount Whitney trip in September.












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ziphius
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6/13/2016
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ImpatientHiker wrote:
4 hours round trip ain't bad! A night hike during a full moon would be nice this time of year with a great view of the lights Of Tijuana & San Diego. If you guys want to step up the adventure factor a bit, I'd be happy to finally meet you and lead you through a full moon point to point from El Monte Park (near the El Capitan reservoir dam) to El Cajon Mtn peak to Wildcat Cyn Rd. I'm guessing it'd take you maybe 30 mins to an hour more than your out & back from Wildcat.
-Robert


While the moonlight hike idea sounds like fun, it does flout the rules regarding when folks are allowed on that trail, which also passes through a shared roadway of the Blue Sky Ranch near Wildcat Canyon Road. I'd hate to give any of the rangers or Blue Sky Ranch itself any reason to further limit access (or revoke it) because we can't follow the rules. I already see a lot of cars parked outside of the Wildcat canyon gate prior to 7 am, which is the official 'opening time' for the Wildcat Canyon trailhead. I'm not trying to be a killjoy here, I have a vested interest in keeping that trail open for many years. It is my go-to hike, I've done the round-trip to the summit 75 times and would like to get to 100 soon. If enough people continue to ignore the rules, especially near the Blue Sky Ranch and the landowners decide enough is enough, then we're all hurt. Again, I'm all for radical moonlight scrambles myself, but not there. [ and Bob / Daren, if you guys want any company on another El Cajon Mtn. mission, let me know! ] Jim

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5/7/2017
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Midweek. Go early to beat the heat during the climb.
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