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Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby InsaneBoost » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:03 pm

I've been asked a few times in Yosemite where the trail to the top of El Capitan starts at, and I only thought it was possible rock climbing. Anyways, after searching around I've seen people name some trails and what not, but can find anything specific on it.

I'd like to add this to my list eventually when I am in better shape, but where exactly do these trails start? Anyone have trail maps for it, or a red line on a picture of where they are?

Very interested in this.

Thanks!



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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby Vaca Russ » Wed Apr 30, 2014 12:58 pm

Insane :) :) ,

Have you ever used any on line mapping tools like acme mapper?

http://mapper.acme.com/

This is really cool. I use it almost every day. Drill down to the Yosemite Valley and you will find about 4 maybe more trails that will take you to the top of El Capitan (without having to rock climb) :D .

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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby SSSdave » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:27 pm

People can take 5 trails to reach the top of El Capitan and ironicly the least used is the least effort and way less vertical, 8 or so miles. Start at the Tamarack Creek Campground going towards Cascade Creek. One note, after crossing the bridge cheat the annoying useless loop and do the obvious off trail to reach the trail above. Of course the road to the campground has a knack for being closed especially early season.
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:34 pm

Here is a description of the route from Tamarack to El Cap, with map, just scroll
down a little bit: http://books.google.com/books?id=o-EU-y ... ke&f=false

InsaneBoost wrote:
Anyways, after searching around I've seen people name some trails and what not, but
can find anything specific on it.


Would be helpful to name those trails (trailheads), and which one interests you, many of
us here have done most to El Cap.
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby longri » Wed Apr 30, 2014 1:51 pm

A map?
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby InsaneBoost » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:13 pm

Vaca Russ wrote:Insane :) :) ,

Have you ever used any on line mapping tools like acme mapper?

http://mapper.acme.com/

This is really cool. I use it almost every day. Drill down to the Yosemite Valley and you will find about 4 maybe more trails that will take you to the top of El Capitan (without having to rock climb) :D .

-Russ


That's a really great tool. Never seen it before, definitely boomarked. How do I bring up the trails though? I don't seem to be seeing the four you say are there?
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby InsaneBoost » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:18 pm

maverick wrote:Here is a description of the route from Tamarack to El Cap, with map, just scroll
down a little bit: http://books.google.com/books?id=o-EU-y ... ke&f=false

InsaneBoost wrote:
Anyways, after searching around I've seen people name some trails and what not, but
can find anything specific on it.


Would be helpful to name those trails (trailheads), and which one interests you, many of
us here have done most to El Cap.


There isn't exactly one to be honest, I just saw numerous names, which you all have already posted, and was trying to figure out exactly where to start and where to go with a visual. I seem to be a more visual learner than a direction kind of guy
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby InsaneBoost » Wed Apr 30, 2014 5:32 pm

I think I might see all the trails that lead to the top of El Capitan now that I think about it. Do they all eventually lead into the Old Big Oak Flat Road? I also see Snow Creek Trail. I assume it's the same thing?
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby Wandering Daisy » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:32 pm

I have hiked to the top of El Cap (and camped there) up the Yosemite Falls Trail, then over to El Cap on a trail that is on the USGS topo map. It was early season and much of the traverse (after leaving the Yosemite Falls Trail) was on packed snow. While we were camped on the top, the Yosemite Rescue team did a wall rescue practice, helicopters and all. It was quite the show to watch! Early season there is plenty of snow melt trickles to provide water.
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby maverick » Wed Apr 30, 2014 6:48 pm

- Tamarack to El Cap: 8 miles one way
- Yosemite Creek trailhead to El Cap: 9.6 miles one way
- Porcupine to El Cap: 10.8 miles one way
- Snow Falls starts from the Valley at the end of Mirror Lake it is 14.5 miles to El Cap and
8 miles back down to the Valley via Yosemite Falls Trail from where you can take the
shuttle back towards the Mirror Lake trail.
Make sure you do the spur trail to Eagle Peak on the way to El Cap, absolutely outstanding
views from the top.
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby ndwoods » Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:29 pm

There is one more no one has mentioned...not really a marked trail...:)
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Re: Hiking To El Capitan Top?

Postby LMBSGV » Wed Apr 30, 2014 9:27 pm

I also did the Yosemite Creek Trail in late May, camping at Eagle Peak. The side trip to El Capitan was pretty simple. There was no snow on the trails, but the creek crossings were high (especially a rather dicey wade of Yosemite Creek - I should have bushwacked down to the campground and crossed there on the road). If you're planning on doing this early season be prepared for bad weather. The second night it rained and then turned to snow so I hiked back out in a snow storm. However, early season is the best time in terms of crowds - I literally saw no one on the hike in and the next day only two guys who had climbed El Capitan the hard way on the trail to El Capitan and were on their way back down to the Valley by the Yosemite Falls trail along with a few people around the top of Yosemite Falls. On the hike out I saw no one. The views from El Capitan and Eagle Peak are beyond words.
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