Tamarack Flat to El Capitan

MODERATE 4 reviews
#99 of 166 trails in

Tamarack Flat to El Capitan is a 17 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Buena Vista, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate offers a number of activity options.

DISTANCE
17.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
4012 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

trail running

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

rocky

Hike to the summit of El Capitan from Tamarack Flat.

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful. Lush riparian forest near Tamarack turning to dry alpine sierra forest closer to el cap.
It's only 4/5 because I consider something like the falls to el cap or half dome to be 5/5. This is worth your time if you can't do those.
When you top out there is still quite a ways to scramble down to the edge of el cap's cliff face and doesn't offer the same totally panoramic view as half dome, although it is incredible in its own right.
I didn't see a single person on the way out from Tamarack and only saw one group of people near Tamarack campground on the way back. Went on a Wednesday.
Hope you've been working that stair master!

hiking
3 months ago

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backpacking
4 months ago