El Capitan Trail

Yosemite National Park, California 95389

Elevation Gain2,936ft
Trailhead Elevation5,782ft
Elevation Min/Max5782/7730ft
Elevation Start/End5782/5782ft

El Capitan Trail

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. This trail connects with the following: Old Big Oak Flat Road.

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Top Trails Yosemite (Wilderness Press)
Jeffrey P. Schaffer & Elizabeth Wenk
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"The 3,000-foot-high vertical walls of 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 more practical means to attain El Capitan’s summit. This walk is not particularly distinguished by its terrain or wildflowers and passes no lakes, but reaching the flat-topped El Capitan is sufficient reward for your efforts. Though the round-trip distance is nearly 17 miles, I nevertheless recommend this trail as a day hike in mid-to late summer and fall because the main source of water along this trail is Ribbon Creek, which dries up around midsummer." Read more

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Trail Information

Yosemite National Park
Nearby City
Yosemite National Park
Moderate to Difficult
Skill Level
Additional Use
Views, Wildflowers
Yosemite National Park
Local Contacts
Tom Harrison Yosemite National Park map (1:126,720 scale), the National Geographic Trails Illustrated #306 Yosemite SW map (1:40,000 scale), and the USGS 7.5-minute series Tamarack Flat and El Capitan maps (1:24,000 scale).
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