El Capitan Preserve


13775 Blue Sky Ranch Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
ThomBros: 1212-G3

Hours: 7 am - Sunset Daily
Open year round, except in August when El Capitan is CLOSED because of extreme summer heat.

Phone number: 619.561.0580

For up to date park closures please visit our News Page.

Directions: Take Highway 67 north. Turn right at Willow Road. Turn left at Wildcat Canyon Road. Turn right at Blue Sky Ranch Road.

Location Map (find park name in the left column)



  • Staging Area
  • Restroom

*Please note that this hike is considered strenuous and can take as long as 6 hours to complete out and back.


El Capitan Preserve has a view of three reservoirs from one location in the park. The park has eight miles of trails offering a rugged route along a granite-ribbed ridgeline with stunning views of both ocean and mountains. With 2,619 acres of open space, you'll have room to roam through woodland, coastal sage scrub and mixed chaparral. The park is open every day from sunrise to sunset (with the exception that the park is closed for the month of August). The parking area and trailhead located at the intersection of Wildcat Canyon Road and Blue Sky Ranch Road.


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