FKT: Emma Brody - El Cajon Mountain (CA) - 2023-10-28

Route variation
up & back
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Total time
3h 3m 21s
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I am not a trail runner; I'm a hiker who enjoys a relatively quick pace. I walk uphill and on flat ground and I do a pathetic excuse for a jog on some downhills when they aren't rocky or slippery. For this hike, I accidentally went to bed at 4:30am the night before (typical for me - I don't recommend my lifestyle), fell asleep before I could set an alarm, and woke up at 7:45. I zoomed over to the trailhead and started hiking at 8:45 - two hours later than I had intended. The uphills felt especially unforgiving with the hot sun beating down on me. I had chopped a large number of jalapenos the night before and my hands were still burning when I started the hike. There I was, hot sun blazing with no wind, jalapeno hands feeling like they're on fire, trying not to slip when jogging down the washed out trail. This wet winter did a bit of a number on some parts of the trail and they've become rocky, eroded, and slippery obstacle courses. At the fork at mile 2.8 I went straight up the hill on the way to the summit and went down the switchback route with the sign "washed out." Right before the end of the trail I somehow took a wrong turn and went the wrong way for a little bit until I realized I had messed up on a trail that has extremely clear signage the entire way. Alas, I jogged the rest of the way down and went off to get my milkshake.