El Capitan Trail (historical)

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El Capitan Trail (historical) is a 14.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mariposa, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
14.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
5075 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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2 months ago

Great hike
It's 15.8 miles according to the trail markers plus more if you side track to see the views on top of the falls or eagl peak.
Views were great despite the haziness from the fire smoke...
there are no signs on top of El Capitan but the geological marker is on the rock at the very end befofore you can slid off
The first 3.2 miles is pretty all up and switchbacks is the hardest part of the hike...
start early if you are on the slower pace and give 10-12 hours

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4 months ago

Very rewarding but challenging

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5 months ago

Awesome hike views are breathtaking. Take mosquito repellent you will need it.

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7 months ago

tough one because the first 3.5 is the upper falls trail, after that it's not bad, once you get there it's unbelievable made me feel accomplished it was breathing

10 months ago

Very difficult, bring extra water and a spare sweater- temperature changes quickly!