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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eleanor G
Newport, RI298 contributions
Always a favorite
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, WI176 contributions
vacation
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, AZ191 contributions
Pretty Cool View
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, NM111 contributions
Surreal Gigantic Wall of Granite
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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Bidule05
France641 contributions
Isabelle (France)
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 10 May 2021
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Katherinee309
Houston, TX99 contributions
Breathtaking!
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 12 October 2020
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Joseph Robba
Charlotte, NC1,964 contributions
Stunning
Sep 2020
One of the few sites we could see during the smoke of the Creek Fire, El Capitan shoots out of the ground and towers over the valley. Incredibly impressive mountain face, and insane to think that anyone could free climb it.
Written 21 September 2020
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johnnnita
Napa, CA1,737 contributions
REMINDS ME OF "CLOSE ENCOUNTERS"!!
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 9 September 2020
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vellachi8
San Jose, CA23 contributions
El Captain and Eagle peak
Aug 2020
Did El Captain hike and Eagle peak together.
It took us 10 hours. Total 18+ miles.
Very challenging hike. Loved it.
Written 9 September 2020
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cp_0010
Manama, Bahrain1,401 contributions
Delight for rock climbers
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 27 June 2020
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