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Yes, it's a big rock, but what makes El Capitan a must-witness sight in Yosemite is the fact that it's the largest exposed-granite monolith in the world. Oh, and people climb it. Rising 3,593 feet (1095 meters)—more than 350 stories—above the 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.

Take binoculars to spot the little bits of color that pinpoint adventurous climbers tackling the smooth and nearly vertical cliff.

Practical Info

El Capitan is located on the north side of Yosemite Valley, across from Bridalveil Fall; you can get a great view from the pullover at Tunnel View. If you're interested in reaching the top of El Capitan, hike the trail next to Yosemite Falls then head west. If a face-to-face view of El Capitan is more your style, Yosemite Mountaineering School offers climbing lessons to guests of all ages and abilities.

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