El Capitan Trail
ElevationAscent: 0' 0 m
Descent: -55' -17 m
High: 7,594' 2,315 m
Low: 7,539' 2,298 m
GradeAvg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“Run along the top of El Capitan to the summit for great views of Yosemite beyond the valley.”— David Hitchcock
The trail descends gently from the North Rim Trail to to the top of El Capitan. Stunning views of the valley and the regions beyond stretch out before you as you approach the summit. North Dome, Basket Dome, Clouds Rest, Quarter Domes, Half Dome, Sentinel Dome, Sentinel Rock, Mt. Starr King, Mt. Clark, and additional peaks beyond stretch before you. The summit provides a great place to take in the view and enjoy the beauty of Yosemite.
Note: While the summit area is safe, don't go too close to the edge as it can be unsafe. The area is known for small, loose rocks that can cause a runner to slip and slide toward the edge, where it's a long drop to the valley floor. You can enjoy the view from the safety of the summit area, and possibly greet climbers as they finish their ascent of this magnificent rock formation.
Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite