El Capitan
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Challenging, popular rock to climb in Yosemite.
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ron c
Finksburg, MD588 contributions
Sep 2022
Yosemite is a bucket list and while i am not a rock climber, seeing the impressive granite rock face from its base was awesome. No i would not be able to free solo more than 50 feet up, but seeing the magnificent beauty of God's creation, and knowing Alex H conquered it was really beautiful.
Written 2 October 2022
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TheExplorerFamily
Somerset, NJ6,333 contributions
Jun 2022
El Capitan is the most revered of all sites in this National Park. This towering sheer granite monolith rises to a height of 3593 feet above the meadow. The sleek striated surface glows red at sunset and the shadows cast on it by the passing clouds during the daytime are very intriguing.

We took the Shuttle to the El Capitan Meadow Stop Number 9, and a short walk back across a wooden bridge took us to the base of the giant rock. We just stopped and stared in awe.

There was a nice photographer there with a camera on a tripod which had a massive lens, and he let us look inside to try to view the rock climbers on the sheer cliffs. Even with that amazing zoom, the climbers looked like ants.

Nobody leaves the park without a visit to this famous icon.

We captured wonderful photos of this massive and superb rock from several angles throughout our visit.
Written 20 July 2022
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ThorwaldVikingAsgaar
106 contributions
Jun 2022
Majestic, incredible and iconic landmark of Yosemite National Park.
It is essential to take your time and simply take in the pure natural beauty of this place and its surroundings.
Written 22 June 2022
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Leonard L
Philadelphia, PA10 contributions
Jun 2022
The iconic landmark of Yosemite. It's a can't miss spot. It is an incredible landmark. Make sure you take the time (and binoculars) to see people climbing it!
Written 20 June 2022
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Grover R
Pensacola, FL16,623 contributions
Mar 2022
When a rock has a name you know it is impressive. I have only seen El Cap from the valley floor but the words to describe it fall short. We saw it from several places but the best may be from the meadow along the valley road. Here our group marveled at climbers you could actually see ascending as well as the hanging tents they use for sleep. At 3,000 vertical feet of rock, there is really nothing else that compares to it. In additional you will feel it as its shape is like a building wave that looms over you. It is a highlight and you should stop and see it from as many places as you can.
Written 27 April 2022
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Super Simple Salty Life
Winter Garden, FL580 contributions
Jun 2021
Favorite part of our trip: Sitting in the meadow below El Cap at sunset. It was so peaceful and beautiful! We were able to see several people cliffside tent camping on the side of El Cap which was awesome.
Written 2 January 2022
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eleanor G
Newport, RI337 contributions
Aug 2021
It was my second trip here and I am always amazed at how beautiful it is here. Luckily the smoke didn't hinder our view.
Written 23 August 2021
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831patriciar
Milwaukee, WI177 contributions
Aug 2021
mass rock formation. many people go hiking and climbing around this area.plenty of parking in the area. bathrooms are clean in the area
Written 22 August 2021
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Roger Dunbar
Goodyear, AZ193 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We took the hiking trail to the base of El Capitan. It was only about .3 miles to base of the rock formation. Pretty impressive that people climb this. You should watch the movie Free Solo before visiting to get an idea of what that climber did without ropes. I would check this out if you travel to Yosemite.
Written 19 August 2021
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wgm51
Albuquerque, NM113 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 6 July 2021
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