Photos of El Capitan Loop

Distance: 21.5 miles Elevation Gain: 5,213 feet Route Type: Loop

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4 days ago

Very very tough. Going clockwise, you’ll have to deal with the switchbacks going up to Yosemite Falls. Fine. You pass Eagle Peak, El Cap (only encountered one very very small source of water at his point). About 12-14 miles into the trail, you’ll encounter a sign for the different miles left. We made the mistake of going straight up the very marked trail, but it’s a completely different trail. At the sign/post, you’ll want to make a left and there is a trail but it is very very unclear. Lots of fallen trees that can make you get lost. The absolute worst part is the three sections of scrambling rocks which also make you question if you’re on the right path or not. For the most part, just try to go straight. I believe it’s the last big section of rock scrambling where you have head down. There’s a very faint orange arrow on one of the rocks on the other side that points to the trail. Look for it!!!

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