Hi Claud. This is a trip into my distant past. Your third pic, showing the trough up thru the red rock, I think is the start of an ancient route of mine, maybe mid 60s, that I did with Jerry Hooper.
Here's a tidbit from that climb. I had climbed up to the top of the trough, 5.8, and found a good stance, maybe 2 inches by 10 inches and was drilling. I almost had the hole completed when the good stance came off completely, leaving me hanging from the drill holder. Amazingly, the drill didn't break. I found some smaller holds and finished the bolt. I remember a 5.8 section immediately above and some more 5.8 with nested pins for protection. Four pitches altogether.
Back then we were able to drive up the road off to the east. It was a 20 minute brush free walk to the rock.
Man, It would be nice to have that type of access still. That hike is a bitch. Thanks for the background story. Didn't know people were climbing there back in the 60s. Lots of rock up here in SD that has not been touched since the 60s/70s it seams. Brian S. and Chris H. have done a lot of killer work in the ECM area and more routes have opened up on the rocks to the south of the main wall that is shown in the 2nd pic. That would be cool if there were any old ECM pics around.
in december, january, february, and march, winter storms will blow through san diego with lots of cool temps and rain, then the storm will clear out, the sun will be brilliant in a scrubbed sky, sometimes you get an offshore santa ana thrown in for good measure, and the grass and mustard just pops. it's gorgeous and the granite can feel like flypaper. when the conditions are just right in san diego, as they are so often during the winter, nothing else compares. it's simply the best.