Taft Point probably provides the best vantage point to view El Capitan from above. I had seen several photos of this massive block of granite before visiting Yosemite and I mostly yawned. But I must say that El Capitan is most impressive when viewed in person. It is especially impressive when viwed from the valley floor, but we will get to that later.
Check out the photo and see how small and insignificant the Merced River looks next to mighty El Capitan.
Looking towards El Capitain (I believe) through some gorgeous pines, at a meadow towards the entrance to the valley. One of the first scenes you see as you hit the valley floor. Simply awesome and gorgeous.
El Capitan is the largest single granite monolith in the world towers over 3000 feet above the valley floor. It is very popular with rock climbers and numberous people gather in the meadow beneath it to watch. At night watch for small balls of light along it's sheer face where climbers are resting in slings dangling from the side of the cliff.
Unless you are a world-class rock climber, you won't be able to ascend El Capitan Instead, to see the view from atop, you can take the Upper Yosemite Falls trail around to the upper face of El Capitan.
The color of the wet rock in April was particularly stunning. On the day we visited, there were no climbers on the rock that we could see using our binoculars.
Nothing in Yosemite is more iconic than El Capitan, the open exposed rock face mountain which is also a favorite with Climbers.
Towering cliffs of El Capitan from below
from grassy area near the Merced River
Best seen off season, gets busy
El Capitan is another of Yosemite's signature mountains. I just like saying the name: El Capitan! It screams majestic. You better pay attention to El Capitan!
After Bridal Veil Falls, we went back onto El Portal Road (CA Route 140) and saw one of Yosemite's most popular sites El Capitan. El Capitan is certainly an awesome site.
This massive monolith is the largest single granite rock on earth, rising nearly 4,000 feet from base to summit.
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