North Rim Trail
ElevationAscent: 2,080' 634 m
Descent: -349' -106 m
High: 7,698' 2,346 m
Low: 5,866' 1,788 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 42% (23°)
Current trail conditions
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“A trail connecting the Tamarack Campground to El Cap. The route is beautiful and deserted!”— calico metzer
There is very little info about this trail but I can tell you it's gorgeous. This trail has it all with trees, flowers, meadows, and streams. If you want a quiet path that few see, this is one of them. As a routine runner, I was a little surprised that it felt difficult, but you are higher in elevation than the valley so altitude is something to keep in mind. There are streams, but make sure you have water especially depending on the season. Winter can bring snow pack to this area, and the access road to the Tamarack Campground is closed from December-May, limiting the access to the area further.
This path is best taken as a connection path for an ultimately longer journey:
The best recommendation is to start at Tamarack Campground and make your way to El Cap, before then taking the Eagle Peak Trail to the summit, and continuing on the El Capitan to Upper Yosemite Falls and turning off onto the Upper Yosemite Falls which leads down to Camp 4 in the valley. Getting to Tamarack Campground can be tricky. Most of the road is finally paved now, but there are still some big bumps in the road!
Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite