El Capitan Open Space Preserve

El Capitan Open Space Preserve

Trail Distance: 14 Miles
Best time to hike: Before Summer Heat
Directions: Blue Sky Ranch Road and Wildcat Canyon Rd
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El Capitain Open Space Preserve

El Capitan Preserve is an 14 mile out and back trail located near Lakeside, California and is only recommended for very experienced hikers. The trail is primarily used for trail running and is accessible year-round.
Maria G.

“This trail is the most challenging one I have ever done in San Diego!! It’s a great preparation for Mt Whitney and will have your buns burning by the end. It took a group of us a little less than 7 hours to complete (with a few stops and a lunch break). The trail is well maintained and there are mile markers along the way. START EARLY!! There is very little shade and it can get very hot mid-day. Bring lots of water with you– last hike I brought my 3 liter camel bak and I was out with three miles left to go. Definitely bring your camera as well the views and trails are beautiful:) ”

IvanSan Diego ,Ca

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El capatain trail
This trail is no joke!! I\'ve hiked in San Diego a dew times but nothing like this one. Steep inclines and thigh burning declines made for a very challenging hike. Took us about 6 hours to do the whole trail but the summit is worth the pain. Great panoramic views and a slight breeze made it relaxing. Be prepared in terms of water. We drank 3 liters apiece and ran out with 2 miles to go. Just be prepare to be sore for a day or two.
March 12, 2012, 9:24 pm
Difficulty10
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Can't Complain
I must say this has to be one of the most difficult trail that I have done so far. Trail opens at 7am and parking lot closes at 7pm. Took me more than 2 1/2 hours going both ways. Like most reviews, it is both ways uphill and downhill but it's doable. Water is an essential and bring snacks. And it is a must to hike to the very peak located on the left side of the 5-mile marker. Most of all, have fun and enjoy the surroundings.
June 18, 2011, 7:52 pm
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Great hike
After doing this hike last weekend it's going to be hard to find another place that compares. There were several good and bad points. Distance and views are great!! You end up going up and back down two different mts. before getting to the peak of the third. The trails are marked well the first 3 miles but after that the signs are burned from the fires and haven't been replaced. There are several splits that don't take you to the top but aren't marked. The worst part is the parking. The lot is at the base and is only open until 5pm then locked. This caused us to have to run the last 2 miles of the trail back to the car fearing it would be locked in. It's a true at least 6hr hike. Check the weather because on the day we went it was cloudy at the top so no pretty views and rained the last 5 miles back down. Defiantly worth doing though.
February 3, 2011, 12:26 pm
Difficulty9
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GREAT challange!!
This trail is the most challanging one I have ever done in San Diego!! It's a great preparation for Mt Whitney and will have your buns burning by the end. It took a group of us a little less than 7 hours to complete (with a few stops and a lunch break). The trail is well maintained and there are mile markers along the way. START EARLY!! There is very little shade and it can get very hot mid-day. Bring lots of water with you-- last hike I brought my 3 liter camel bak and I was out with three miles left to go. Definitely bring your camera as well the views and trails are beautiful:)
June 10, 2009, 1:30 pm
Difficulty10
Scenery8
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David Hay

by David Hay

An Aussie transplant living in San Diego. I've chosen to live in this fair city for the past seven years because I truly believe it's one of the best in the world; there's no better city to enjoy sunshine and the outdoors.