El Capitan Trail is a hiking trail in Mariposa County, California. It is within Yosemite National Park. It is 5.1 miles long and begins at 5,782 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 10.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,936 feet.
El Capitan Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The vertical walls of 3000-foot-high El Capitan attract rock climbers from all over the world, and more than five dozen extremely difficult routes ascend it. For nonclimbers this hike provides a much easier, safer way to attain El Capitan’s summit, which stands only 15 feet above the north-side approach. Although the round-trip distance is 17 miles, I nevertheless recommend this trail as a dayhike, for two reasons. First, although the distance is comparable to a round-trip to the top of Half Dome and back, which most aspirants dayhike, it involves only about 70 percent as much elevation gain and loss. And second, the main source of water along this trail is Ribbon Creek, which dries up around midsummer."
--Jeffrey P. Schaffer, Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press).
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