El Capitan Meadow
El Capitan Meadow
4.5
Nature & Wildlife Areas • Hiking Trails • Geologic Formations
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00:00 - 23:59
Monday
00:00 - 23:59
Tuesday
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Wednesday
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Thursday
00:00 - 23:59
Friday
00:00 - 23:59
Saturday
00:00 - 23:59
Sunday
00:00 - 23:59
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PacificNWFamily
Washington State96,336 contributions
We walked out into the meadow and used binoculars to watch a few climbers on El Capitan. There were some nice shady spots to sit and a few wildflowers.
Written 17 June 2022
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Joseph Robba
Charlotte, NC2,151 contributions
The El Capitan Meadow was one of the few places we got to actually enjoy on our trip to Yosemite, which really suffered from the immense smoke coming from the Creek Fire. While the meadow itself was closed due to recovery efforts, we got to witness a bear swing right through the merced river and into the meadow. He honestly got a little close for comfort, but it certainly was the highlight of what was a mostly disappointing visit.
Written 10 October 2020
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snowythepyro
London, UK488 contributions
Couples
This is a great spot to stop and use your binoculars (or camera zoom) to watch the little ants scaling El Capitan. An oasis of calm.
Written 22 June 2019
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cathybremer2015
Colorado Springs, CO66 contributions
Family
El Capitan is a majestic rock wall extending far into the sky above a beautiful lush green meadow. It is awe inspiring. The drive into Yosemite National park takes you through winding treed roads with amazing views along the way. You can walk near the bottom of a gigantic waterfall and stand in the spray while being thrilled by the view. You will find it to be very busy in the warm weather and parking is sometimes difficult to find, but even if you just drive through the park it is well worth the drive. Enjoy!
Written 9 June 2019
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Rachel K
United States222 contributions
Friends
El Capitan makes you feel small, in a good way somehow. The meadows are beautiful. They're right on the main roads in the valley so it's easy to get there. Its easier to find parking early or late in the day.
Written 6 June 2019
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BradJill
Hong Kong, China149,189 contributions
Couples
This is a popular meadow within the Yosemite Valley that passes by the landmark El Capitan, a 3000 foot granite monolith land formation. The meadow is flat and an ideal spot for picnics in the valley. Interestingly, this is also a popular place to stop to watch daredevil rock climbers scaling El Capitan.

The entire stretch of Northside Drive has space to pull your vehicle over on the left side of the road. Just look for other visitors on picnic seats staring up at El Capitan. Many will have binoculars and for good reason. To the naked eye, there is nothing going on. However, once you start to scan the rock face with a good pair of binoculars, you will spot rock climbers. Look in the crevices, this is where most can be seen. They are but specks of colour that you can make out as climbers when looking carefully.

We very much enjoyed viewing the rock climbers for 15-20 minutes during our recent visit to Yosemite National Park. This is an amazing activity and trying to find those who are willing and able to take on El Capitan give through binoculars is a fun activity for the rest of us.
Written 17 May 2019
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