El Capitan Preserve


13775 Blue Sky Ranch Road
Lakeside, CA 92040

Hours: 8 a.m. - sunset, daily
Pedestrian access available sunrise to sunset daily.
No public vehicle access or restroom availability on December 25.
El Capitan is CLOSED in August because of extreme summer heat.

Park Phone: (619) 561-0580

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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



  • Staging Area
  • Restroom

*Please note that this hike is considered strenuous and can easily take 6 hours to complete out and back. There is very little shade along the way. Make sure you come prepared; dress appropriately for the weather and have plenty of water.


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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