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El Capitan Tours

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El Capitan
El Capitan is the largest exposed-granite monolith in the world and among the most popular rock-climbing destinations in the US. Rising 3,593 feet (1095 meters) above Yosemite Valley, El Capitan was once considered impossible to climb. However, since Warren Harding first conquered the "nose" in 1958, El Capitan has become the standard for big-wall climbing.
 
The Basics
One of Yosemite National Park's most recognizable geological features, El Capitan draws plenty of visitors who come to climb, take photographs, or merely gawk at its gargantuaness. The rock was named El Capitan in the mid 19th century, a Spanish translation of the Miwok word for the feature. Those wishing to climb El Cap (as it's affectionately known) can go on their own or arrange classes or guided hikes through the Yosemite Mountaineering School & Guide Service.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • El Capitan is a bit of a pilgrimage site for rock climbers and fans of the sport.
  • Take binoculars to spot the little bits of color that pinpoint adventurous climbers tackling the smooth and nearly vertical cliff.
  • Permits are not required to climb El Capitan.
 
How to Get There
El Capitan is located on the northern side of Yosemite Valley, across from Bridalveil Fall. You can get great views (and photos) from the pullover at Tunnel View. If you're interested in hiking to the top of El Capitan, the trailhead is at Tamarack Flat Campground.
 
When to Get There

The best time to visit El Cap is in spring or summer, when temperatures are pleasant, particularly if you are interested in climbing. If you visit between May and October, stop by the “Ask a Climber” station at El Capitan bridge, where Yosemite rock climbers answer questions and telescopes are available to spot climbers. Note that the road leading to the Tamarack Flat Campground trailhead is closed from December to May.
 
Alex Honnold
Easily the world's most famous living rock climber, Alex Honnold is best-known as the first person to have free-soloed (climbed without the use of ropes) El Capitan, doing so in under four hours. His journey up the rock was captured in the film Free Solo, which won the Academy Award for Best Documentary Feature in 2019.
Address: El Capitan, Yosemite National Park, CA 95389, USA
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7 Tours and Activities to Experience El Capitan

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Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

Full-Day Small Group Yosemite & Glacier Point Tour Including Hotel Pickup

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Get acquainted with the landmarks and highlights of Yosemite National Park during this 9-hour day tour from Fresno or Oakhurst. Travel into the Yosemite Valley through the Southgate, then spend the day viewing and photographing some of the valley's best features such as Bridalveil Falls, Half Dome, Yosemite Falls and Yosemite’s high country.  Hike down the 4-Mile Trail (during the spring to fall) or choose to remain on the bus. Lunch will be provided and can be eaten along the trail. National Park entrance fees included.
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  • 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

Yosemite Valley Hiking Tour

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Spend the day immersed in nature on a full-day hiking tour of Yosemite National Park. See the dramatic slopes of Half Dome and North Dome, experience the force of Yosemite Falls, and hike a variety trails to see Mirror Lake, and Spider Caves. Opt for a tour of an old Pioneer village and cemetery if you want. Guides carry water purification and first aid equipment and all profits form this tour support Yosemite youth summer camp programs.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$234.00
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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias - One Way (SF to Yosemite or v.v.)

Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias - One Way (SF to Yosemite or v.v.)

If you are needing a more flexible itinerary to experience the wild, natural beauty of Yosemite National Park this is the tour for you. This is the only Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you can select your departure day and return day as separate segments. Enjoy plenty of free time to hike, bike and explore at your own pace. Guaranteed departures 365 days a year. Arrange your hotel separately, accommodations are NOT included in the tour.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$109.00
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1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland

1 day Yosemite and Giant Sequoia Tour from Groveland

This experience to the towering granite cliffs and gushing waterfalls of Yosemite National Park and its Giant Sequoias takes off 365 days a year. This is the only 1-day Yosemite Valley tour from San Francisco where you will experience the solitude of the Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias, the largest living things on the Earth. Your heart will race as you enter Yosemite Valley for 5 glorious hours to enjoy Lower Yosemite, Nevada and Bridalveil falls, then take some moments at El Capitan, Half Dome and other iconic monuments.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Yosemite Valley Orientation Tour

Yosemite Valley Orientation Tour

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Leave your car outside the park and take our eco-friendly guided transportation instead. After picking you up at Yosemite View Lodge on Highway 140, we will drive approximately 45 minutes to Yosemite Valley. On the way, you'll hear about the history and geology of Yosemite National Park before stopping for photos at El Capitan. Before being set free for a day of hiking and exploration, our expert guides will provide a park orientation & hiking briefing so you'll be prepared to hit the best trails and find the best viewpoints. Once you've hit the trails, taken a dip in the Merced River and gotten all the photos of Half Dome and El Cap you could desire, we will head back to Yosemite View Lodge to drop you off.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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5 Day Yosemite Backpacking - Yosemite Icons

5 Day Yosemite Backpacking - Yosemite Icons

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For the hiker wanting to see it all, the Yosemite Icons trip offers stunning views of Yosemite’s most famous landmarks from rarely seen perspectives. Experience the adrenalin rush of peering over the sheer 3,000 foot face of El Capitan –the mecca of rock climbers around the world. Feel the mist of the roaring Yosemite Falls as you stand over the water plunging nearly 1500 feet to the pool below making it one of the tallest free-falling waterfalls in the world. Have lunch while gazing down on the granite bubble North Dome and relax while watching the sunset on the valley from Eagle Peak. This is a bucket list backpacking trip that lets you get up close and personal with scenes most people only see on postcards in the gift shop. Cancellations are governed by our standard cancellation policy. See our website for details.
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  • 5 days
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Snowshoeing Adventure to Badger Pass and Dewey Point

Snowshoeing Adventure to Badger Pass and Dewey Point

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Spend the day traversing Yosemite’s backcountry from Badger Pass to Dewey Point. Strap on snowshoes and embrace the cold as you traverse the winter wonderland and get panoramic views of Yosemite, including El Capitan. This hike reaches heights of 7,200 feet and ranges from moderate to difficult. There's also the option to extend the hike to Crocker Point or Stanford Point for a max round trip circuit of 10.5 miles.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$234.00
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Price varies by group size
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