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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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  • Of course we only looked at it from the bottom, but it was a majestic view of the giant. The shuttle takes you at its foot. 
  • Can't miss this and can't miss this. Incredible sight. We spent hours in the lower meadows picnicking and watching climbers through binoculars. Wish we had a telescope! Also met climbers roaming the a...  more »
  • A gigantic "rock block" which majestically presents itself one during the trip through the Yosemite Valley in different views. He is for me only through DOM helped the surpassed.
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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