El Capitan

El Capitan, Yosemite National Park: Address, Phone Number, El Capitan Reviews: 5/5

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Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.
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AriLa
California114 contributions
Jun 2020
Not that anything in Yosemite can be rated but this is one of my favorite landmarks in the park. You see it on your entrance and exit driving down the 140 so I fell for it. It has a smooth face like its carved out of clay and a pretty pale pink and golden cream color in the sunset. It looks different and impressive from every angle. Photos of it and Bridalviel together are unreal
Written June 25, 2020
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johnnnita
Napa, CA1,818 contributions
Aug 2020
Whether you're up close or viewing it from another vantage point, it's still awe inspiring. We viewed it driving in first and stopping along Southside Drive (one way). Pre-covid, you would be jammed up with traffic both on this road and parking to stop and admire. If there's any plus to this dreaded virus that's befallen all of us, it's that now in the park you can take your time and more easily find places to view and stop.

El Capitan is one of those sights. We took advantage and were able to enjoy the view and take some photos, before proceeding into the valley further. It was nice.
Written September 9, 2020
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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM111 contributions
Jun 2021
On our way out of the valley to our lodge, our last stop was at El Capitan. We parked in the small lot next to the road and walked the short hike to the two trails that climbers use, leading up to the base of this gigantic wall of granite. My wife walked up one of them and got right up to the face of the cliff, putting her hands on the wall, and also talked to a young man who was preparing to do some climbing on this Mecca for rock climbers. I was pretty beat and my knees were complaining after over 14 miles of walking and hiking so I contented myself with craning my neck to look up the 3000+ feet to the top and scanning the wall with my binoculars. I was lucky enough to catch a brief glimpse of a climber rappelling down the cliff face. Photos and words cannot really convey the scale of this giant rock - seeing it in person is almost a surreal experience.
Written July 6, 2021
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Bidule05
France641 contributions
Sep 2020
In Yosemite national park, we were impressed by El Capitan, with its massive bulk and vertical face soaring 3000 feet high. El Capitan is made of hard granite, allowing it to resist the pressures of glaciers and erosion, giving it its typicalpattern!
We learnt that the Ahwahneechee Indian name for El Capitan is “Tutokanula”. According to Ahwahneechee Indian fine legend, this famous rock was created: “As 2 bear cubs slept on a large flat rock close to Merces river, the rock grew until the 2 cubs scratched their faces against the moon. The mother bear called all the animals, but only the little worm (Tutokanula) slowly crawled to the top of the rock and managed to bring the 2 cubs down to the rock to their mother ”!!!
Written May 10, 2021
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WanderingWithUsTwo
Phoenix, AZ667 contributions
Aug 2019
One of the most iconic views of any of the national parks and one of Yosemite's most unique features. Viewing this from anywhere in the park provides a different experience especially when the sunlight hits it at different parts of the day. A good way to view it, along with the entire valley, is from Tunnel View which can add much more dramatic features and textures as the shadows start to set in!
- @wanderingwithustwo
Written June 16, 2020
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Satyabrata Dam
New Delhi1,782 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
Made famous world wide by Alex Honnold in Free Solo, El Capitan takes your breath away. This time around I hiked to the top of it through eagle's peak. The wall has magnetic pull and reminds us of all the classic big wall routes that started here.
Written February 10, 2020
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cp_0010
Manama, Bahrain1,413 contributions
Jul 2019
El Capitan is a granite rock formation in Yosemite national park vertically. It is about 3000 ft high from its base to the top. El Capitan, also known as El Cap is located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, near its western end. It is very popular for rock climbers.
The top of El Capitan can be reached by hiking out of Yosemite Valley on the trail next to Yosemite Falls but for climbers, the challenge is to climb up the sheer granite face. There are many named climbing routes, all of them arduous, including Iron Hawk and Sea of Dreams. In the early days of climbing, it used to take many days but recently many solo climbers have clocked it in few hours.
Written June 27, 2020
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Katherinee309
Houston, TX99 contributions
Oct 2020
We visited San Francisco from 10-08/10-11 2020 and we did a day tour to Yosemite. All I can say is the pictures don’t do this park any justice. You really need at least 3 days to explore the park bc it’s huge! It’s literally the size of Rhode Island. It’s just beautiful, calm and peaceful.
Written October 12, 2020
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A v
Somewhere Outhere66 contributions
Oct 2019
I am still amazed that this is the biggest chunk of granite on the earth. Wow. It stands guard over the entrance to the Valley. I am also that people climb it free hand. I always look to see if I can see someone up there. It always changes with the light and weather. Never the same view twice.
Written March 6, 2020
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stinax
Los Angeles, CA30 contributions
Oct 2016 • Friends
This is easily the most astounding hike I've ever done. I couldn't find many reviews anywhere or trail tips so here is mine.

What we could find to read told us this hike was a 14 mile roundtrip; in actual fact it was about 17/18 miles.

We started in the valley, taking the trail for camp 4 towards Yosemite falls. It took us about an hour to reach the base of upper falls.. this section is pretty steady uphill but not too gruelling, and partially shaded. The section between the base and the top of upper falls is much more strenuous and we stopped often to sip water and snack.. it took another hour to do this section. The sun was on us the whole time.

At the top of the falls the trail sign said El Cap was 4.7 miles away. It was a welcome relief to escape the sun and head through the forested area, this section of the hike was an easy gentle up and downhill climb with some incredible vistas.

We went straight to El Cap and saved the 0.3 mile detour (which is absolutely worth it) to Eagle Peak for the return journey.

Being on top of El Capitan afforded us the best view of Yosemite I've ever seen.

I had 3 litres of water and my friends brought between 4 and 5 and we had plenty of snacks and lunch.

We did the hike on October 22nd, the temperature high for the day was 77'f

Absolutely do this hike but be prepared that there is a LOT of downhill dusty rockery on the way back and your feet will not be your friends!
Written October 25, 2016
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