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El Capitan, Yosemite National Park

#5 of 22 in Nature in Yosemite National Park
Geologic Formation · Nature / Park
The largest monolith of granite in the world, El Capitan, serves as one of the most popular rock climbing spots in Yosemite Valley. Located inside Yosemite National Park, the rock face extends some 900 m (3,000 ft) from base to summit. It can be seen from numerous popular spots in the park, including Tunnel View, the Bridalveil Fall area, and El Capitan Meadow. Rock climbing at El Capitan requires serious skill. The average visitor enjoys hiking around the rock or admiring it while taking a dip in the Merced River nearby. Keep an eye out, however, for serious climbers. Tourists often pull off near the rock and use binoculars to spot climbers on its granite face. A visit to El Capitan represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Yosemite National Park holiday maker tool to plot your vacation.
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  • In Yosemite national park, we were impressed by El Capitan, with its massive bulk and vertical face soaring 3000 feet high. El Capitan is made of hard granite, allowing it to resist the pressures of.....  more »
  • We visited San Francisco from 10-08/10-11 2020 and we did a day tour to Yosemite. All I can say is the pictures don’t do this park any justice. You really need at least 3 days to explore the park bc.....  more »
  • This is the most Beautiful climb on the world.
  • I got to the top, and turns out there was a Dollar General store up there...

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