El Capitan to Upper Yosemite Falls
ElevationAscent: 121' 37 m
Descent: -1,059' -323 m
High: 7,598' 2,316 m
Low: 6,659' 2,030 m
GradeAvg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 26% (15°)
Current trail conditions
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“A moderate trail connecting El Capitan to Yosemite Falls, and also the Eagle Peak Trail.”— calico metzer
The trail itself follows mostly along the top of the ridge line, so you won't have too many changes in elevation. Most of the trail is an obvious path, with some of the trail opening up onto large rock formations. Follow the rock cairns that have been left by previous visitors, and you are sure to say on track.
This section of the trail is often used by climbers who come up El Capitan to make their way back down to Camp 4. The views from El Cap aren't quite like that of Half Dome or some of the other viewpoints of the valley. The top of El Capitan is actually a slope instead of a sheer cliff, so this summit might not provide the majestic landing point you might be looking for. If you are coming from Yosemite Falls (as opposed to the Tamarack Flats side) your best bet is to take this to the Eagle Peak Trail for more expansive views.
The trail is not very crowded, but you may see some through-hikers or climbers or day runners. There is little to no water so make sure you have enough for your journey.
Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite