El Capitan, Yosemite National Park
Categories: Geologic Formations, Nature & Parks
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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We had to work around road closures to get to the bottom of this magnificent rock but it was worth every minute. Now when I was there I could see six sets of climbers scaling El Capitan. It takes year... read more »
Truly awe inspiring. I am glad we made time in our trip to visit Yosemite and El Capitan in particular. There are plenty of places to park along the way and get out to take in the view and take pics. ... read more »
There's a reason this is the image so closely associated with Yosemite. It is a breathtaking monolith. It towers over the valley and is incredible. The granite icon can be viewed from many of the most... read more »
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.
Pablo Costa Tirado
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.
If you think it's big and impressive, you will still be surprised at how huge and mind boggling this sheer rock face is.
Edwin N. Santos
To me, one word, impressive.
El capitan takes no prisoners, all kidding aside this view is once in a lifetime go see it
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