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Yosemite National Park and Giant Sequoias Trip
"Your journey begins with a convenient pickup at your hotel. You'll cross the San Francisco Bay Bridge en route to the Sierra Nevada mountain range driving through gold rush towns as your guide carries you back to the era of the old West.In the late morning enter Yosemite National Park where you'll take a guided walk. Visit the Tuolumne Grove (weather permitting) and be amazed by the size of the redwood trees in Yosemite's largest grove. Let the serene surroundings of the forest recharge your energy. Stop a watch for rock climbers as they daringly make their way to the summit. In the springtime marvel at the tallest waterfall in the park Yosemite Falls.After you may explore Yosemite Valley on your own. For lunch
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2-Day Yosemite National Park Winter Tour from San Francisco
"Immerse yourself in the beauty and solitude of Yosemite National Park in the winter with this 2-day tour from San Francisco. Throughout your trip your guide will teach you about the history of Yosemite and give you great advice on how to get the most out of your time in the park.""""Escape to the snow-capped mountains of Yosemite National Park from San Francisco for two full days. Take a coach tour of Yosemite Valley with your guide and enjoy various activities during your free time such as hiking and snowshoeing. Soak in views o Yosemite is said to be best in the winter months!Likely to Sell Out: Rooms at the Yosemite Lodge often sell out months in advance. Reserve early to avoid disappointment"title=Highlights&1=2-day+winter+tour+of+Yosemite+National+Park+from+San+Francisco&2=Take+a+coach+tour+of+spectacular+Yosemite+Valley+and+enjoy+views+of+famous+sites+such+as+Half+Dome&3=Stay+overnight+at+the+cozy+Yosemite+Lodge+at+the+Falls&4=Choose+from+a2 days / 1 night
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Small-Group Yosemite Tour from San Francisco
"Gear up for your full-day Yosemite adventure with early morning pickup from your San Francisco hotel. Relax aboard your 20-passenger luxury biodesel van across the Bay Bridge offering great views of San Francisco Bay the Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz.Making your way across the Central Valley — one of the largest agricultural regions in the United States — make a 10-minute stop at a street-side fruit stand for a chance to purchase some fresh local nuts or fruit. arrive at Yosemite National Park a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its spectacular granite cliffs waterfalls massive sequoia groves and biological diversity. Start your visit with a 1.5-hour driving tour through the park’s main attraction
From $179.00

El Capitan Tips (42)

El Capitan

El Capitan is, together with Half Dome, one of the most important monoliths in the park, maybe even in the world.You can find El Capitan halfway Yosemite Valley. But it is so big, you can't miss it. ...
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JanPeter74
Apr 21, 2004

WORLD'S LARGEST GRANITE MONOLITH

El Capitan stands 3,593 feet from base to summit, making it the largest single monolith of granite in the world. Standing as guardian for Yosemite Valley, it overshadows most of the many other sites...
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travelgourmet
Mar 23, 2011

Finding the Climbers

At the base of the valley, at one of the turn-outs, tourists stand observing the wonderful granite rock known as El Capitan. Those who come equiped with binoculars however can also find and observe...
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atufft
Jun 02, 2007

Nearly Vertical

From almost anywhere in the valley you will be able to see the shear granite rock face of El Capitan. From the base of the valley it protrudes 3,593 feet (1,095 m) and is claimed to be the single...
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GuthrieColin
Apr 30, 2007

El Cap close up and personal

El Capitan (El Cap to close friends) ascends three thousand feet straight up from Yosemite Valley. It is the second highest unbroken cliff in the world (the highest is Mt. Thor on Baffin Island in the...
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zrim
Oct 30, 2003

El Capitan as seen from Taft Point

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...
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zrim
Oct 26, 2003

El Capitan

This is the most famous piece of rock in the Yosemite National Park. Well visible from the road entering the park from the west, it is an incredible structure raising from the bottom of the Yosemite...
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shivan
Sep 20, 2004

Free Climbing

While returning from the river, or what that was, I saw some people discussing and watching the mountain with a binocular.I used my zoom to find what they were looking at, and finally saw some free...
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shivan
Sep 20, 2004

El Capitan

El Capitan rises 3000 feet above the floor of Yosemite Valley as the largest granite monolith on the face of the earth. Although it does not truly look very large from Taft Point or Sentinel Dome on...
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chewy3326
Jun 30, 2006

El Capitan

El Capitan is the largest granite monolith in the world, coming in at over 3,500 feet tall. As you're entering the Valley, you're likely to see the traffic pulled along side the road before you...
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PinkFloydActuary
Oct 20, 2006

Worlds largest single piece of rock

El Capitan is said to be the world's largest single piece of rock. Because of it's unique uniformity throughout and the lack of fractures, 'El Cap' is a unique place to see the process of Exfoliation....
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Toughluck
Feb 22, 2008

Giant Granite Rock

The Giant rock formation known as El Capitan in Yosemite is something of a phenomenon. The giant granite monolith is at the center of Yosemite's attraction and is sought by millions of rock climbers...
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Africancrab
May 23, 2013
 
 
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"The Incomparable Valley (and Park)"
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"On Becoming Part of the Food Chain: Yosemite"
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Things to Do Near El Capitan

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Bothe-Napa Valley State Park

A nice little park if you want to spend some time in nature for the day. There is a camp ground and access for campers. We only went for a day hike. Fairly average, well maintained trails. Really no...
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Trail Crest

From Trail Camp, at 6 miles/12,039 feet, you begin a long climb up to the summit ridge of the Whitney range at Trail Crest, 8.2 miles/13,480 feet. Most of the trail is well-constructed switchbacks, 99...
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Owens Lake

The Owens River originates above Bishop and accounts for most of the drainage from the eastern Sierra. The river is a true Great Basin river in that it has no outlet to the sea, ending instead in the...
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Mosaic Canyon

A short gravel road located just west of Stovepipe Wells leads to the trailhead. The parking area also offers a nice view of Stovepipe Wells below and Death Valley beyond. Although the trail appears...
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Thousand Island Lake

The trail ends at the shimmering blue lake, which, from the outlet, doesn't seem to merit its name (very few islands are visible). The scene is absolutely amazing, with Banner Peak, Mt. Ritter, the...
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Aguereberry Point

Aguereberry Point offers a great view of the valley floor. Views of Badwater basin can be seen. Beautiful rock banding showing the layering of time. The point was named after Pete Aguereberry who is...
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