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El Capitan to Upper Yosemite Falls

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 4.3 (4)

A moderate trail connecting El Capitan to Yosemite Falls, and also the Eagle Peak Trail.


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Map Key

4.0

Miles

6.4

KM

Point to Point

7,598' 2,316 m

High

6,659' 2,030 m

Low

121' 37 m

Up

1,059' 323 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

26%

Max Grade (15°)

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Description

This trail brings you from El Capitan to the top of Yosemite Falls. Depending on where you start, these features might be seen the other way around, too.

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 hikers. There is little to no water so make sure you have enough for your journey.

Contacts

Land Manager: NPS - Yosemite

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The High Sierra ridgeline from El Capitan.
Jan 17, 2021 near Yosemit…, CA
On top of El Capitan, Yosemite National Park.
Feb 12, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
The trail flattens out as it winds its way through the trees.
Aug 28, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA
Snow can be found at the upper parts of the North Rim trail even if the rest of the trail is clear.   Always ask about trail conditions before heading up a trail out of the Valley.
Feb 5, 2016 near Yosemit…, CA
Eagle Peak and the High Sierras as you traverse the North Rim.
Aug 28, 2017 near Yosemit…, CA

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Nov 13, 2021
Ion Buzdugan
Not any notable snow yet. Quick and easy trail with good views from the peak.
Jul 25, 2020
Gabriel Greenlaw
Sep 1, 2019
Lisa Roach
Start of day 2 with Colleen, Nichole, and Christine.
Jun 30, 2019
Ryan Russell
Jun 16, 2017
Kiana Myers
May 15, 2017
Carter Duggan
May 21, 2016
Abdullah Ahmed
2h 30m