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Address: Yosemite National Park, CA
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Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.

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You can't know El Capitan from pictures

I'd seen plenty of photos of this unique formation. None have done it justice. Just magnificent. Really tough to describe. Majestic would probably be a good word. Very, very cool... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 6 days ago
mpugh22
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Dallas, Texas
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Adelaide
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 113 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

If you're lucky like us you'll see some crazy rock climbers scaling El Capitan. It won't spoil the impression you get though, as its one of the main features of the valley and a sight to behold

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Tongeren, Belgium
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

El Capitan is one of the iconic points in Yosemite valley. You can see the rock from different locations throughout yosemite valley. To see El Capitan up close you can use the Valley shuttle (pink line to stop El Capitan) or park your car a the junction of North Side drive and El Capitan drive. A good alternative is the... More 

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midwest
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

No climbers on EC the day we went to check it out - too hot! We had a good chat with the Ranger "on duty" (tough gig!), took a dip in the Merced and moved along.

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Dallas, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

I'd seen plenty of photos of this unique formation. None have done it justice. Just magnificent. Really tough to describe. Majestic would probably be a good word. Very, very cool. Can't see anything like it anywhere else.

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Thank mpugh22
Concord, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Seeing El Capitan in person is like nothing else. You should definitely do it! It is hard to believe that people climb on this! If you want to see El Capitan, my recommendation would be to get there either very early in the morning or very late afternoon into the evening. In the summer, Yosemite is overrun with people and... More 

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Waukesha, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Always enjoy finding a few climbers and watching progress over the course of a day or two. Bring your binoculars or telephoto. Especially enjoy evening and seeing the port-a-ledge's come out!

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Austin, Texas
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Looks like a huge rock but it's so gorgeous in pics lol Its massive and beautiful. Can not explain. Actually got the best shots on the road while driving with the top open. A must see and on the way out of Yosemite for us. Great ending.

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Lake Mary, Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We actually got some of our best photos of El Capitan taken from the road instead of the stopping points. Keep your eyes up and lookout for breaks in the trees to get a nicely framed photo!

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Sydney, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 116 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

You can't help to be impressed by El Capitan, it's here size and presence in the park is overwhelming. The best place to see is from the out bound road. Getting close to it only inhibits your view

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Green Bay, Wisconsin
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

It is difficult for one to imagine the immensity of this chunk of granite. It is imposing when seen from a distance, but as one gets closer, it becomes downright intimidating. It is otherworldly in its scope.

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