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El Capitan Run / Hike

Join us Sunday @ 7am for some self inflicted punishment. Out and back is about 11 miles. The elevation more than makes up for lack of distance. Hope you like hills : )

Here's the course profile

Directions:If you're familiar with Barona Casino, the trailhead is a few miles south of the casino on Wildcat Canyon Rd in Lakeside.

Coming north from Lakeside, the El Capitan Open Space Preserve trailhead parking lot is just past the 4 mile marker on Wildcat Canyon Rd, at the intersection of Shenma Rd, on the right side. On the opposite side of the road is Oak Oasis County Park. If you continue a few miles north you'll reach the casino.

Trailhead Parking Lot Location

Here's a good trail review by the late great Jerry Schad

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  • Sean S

    Ahnawei, Akemi,
    Did you make it back in one piece??
    I started waiting but I had to leave around noon or so.

    April 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      I got back a bit before noon which means it actually took me less time to get down than it did to get up. Hurrah! Thanks for organizing everything, Sean. It was a lovely morning.

      April 22, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      We made it back okay! We were just out for a hike, but we ran a little. Thank you so much for hosting it.

      April 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great run today!

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks for organizing this hike/run, Sean! Perfect day.

    1 · April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Uh oh! I don't know how I did that or know how to get it back! I just clicked on something and I didn't expect anything to happen.

    April 20, 2013

    • Sean S

      Map location fixed!

      1 · April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would love to, if it didn't start quite so early... I will still be at work until between 0730 and 0800... then in bed :-) Have fun!

    April 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just saw this! Getting over a cold, so probably just hiking the whole thing, but I'll be glad to see everyone.

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member changed the location to El Cajon Mtn, El Capitan Open Space Preserve Staging Area

    April 20, 2013

  • A former member

    A former member removed the location. It was El Cajon Mtn, El Capitan Open Space Preserve Staging Area

    April 20, 2013

  • Sean S

    Make sure you bring plenty of hydration. At a minimum a 20 oz bottle. Gels or GUs are a good idea also. It gets warm out there and you will be sweating off a ton of calories.

    Also don't worry about trying to run the hills. Unless your'e Scott Jurek or Kilian Jornet it ain't happening. It's a tough trail but one of the most beautiful in San Diego. Bring a camera.

    1 · April 19, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I always run pavement so this is a whole new ballgame for me. I will probably be slow too but that's ok.... I just hope that I don't get lost. :-) Look forward to meeting some new people.

    April 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to do this though I'm more "hiker" than "runner". I do most of my hiking solo so I'm fine to say hello and goodbye at the trailhead.

    April 17, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      There is a lot of "hiking" on this trail :D

      1 · April 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      See you there!

      April 18, 2013

  • Julie C.

    Have fun!! I will be out in Zion this weekend but hopefully I will see y'all next weekend.

    1 · April 17, 2013

    • Sean S

      Good luck with your 100k! Kick some butt for us.

      1 · April 17, 2013

  • Tomo

    Sunday morning! I may be able to make it.

    April 17, 2013

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