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El Capitan, Yosemite National Park
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The largest monolith of granite in the world, El Capitan, serves as one of the most popular rock climbing spots in Yosemite Valley. Located inside Yosemite National Park, the rock face extends some 900 m (3,000 ft) from base to summit. It can be seen from numerous popular spots in the park, including Tunnel View, the Bridalveil Fall area, and El Capitan Meadow. Rock climbing at El Capitan requires serious skill. The average visitor enjoys hiking around the rock or admiring it while taking a dip in the Merced River nearby. Keep an eye out, however, for serious climbers. Tourists often pull off near the rock and use binoculars to spot climbers on its granite face. To visit El Capitan and get the most from your holiday in Yosemite National Park, create itinerary details personal to you using our Yosemite National Park trip builder.
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  • Our afternoon treat was to drive to the meadow with our binoculars and start looking for climbers on the walls...the more we looked the more we saw. But remember your Binoculars! 
  • Spectacular sight even though we did not climb it!! leave that to the experts. We could see two climbers on the day we visited. 
  • El Capitan is one of if not the largest single piece of granite on the planet. To stand and look is always awe inspiring. I tell everyone who goes to yosemite to stop at every turnout and get out of t...  more »
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  • From Tamarack Flats, a round trip hike is 17 miles. Do able in one day but bring lots of food and water. Alternatively, you can bring a filter and get water from one of the 4 streams that cross the path.
  • If you think it's big and impressive, you will still be surprised at how huge and mind boggling this sheer rock face is.
  • El Capitan is both one of the great valley attractions and one of the best located and easy to view. This one kilometre tall vertical and huge piece of granite is impressive from every angle. Is located near the valley visitor centre and is very famous among rock climbers. There is a hiking path to go to the top of it.
  • To me, one word, impressive.
  • El capitan takes no prisoners, all kidding aside this view is once in a lifetime go see it