El Capitan, California

Prominence: 9 ft, 3 m

Elevation: 7569 feet, 2307 meters

True Isolation: 0.23 mi, 0.37 km
Elevation Info:NAVD88 Elevation: 7573 ft / 2308 m
Peak TypeFamous Peak, but not High Point
Latitude/Longitude (WGS84)37° 44' 3'' N, 119° 38' 16'' W
37.734207, -119.637651 (Dec Deg)
267567 E 4179601 N, Zone 11 (UTM)
CountryUnited States
County/Second Level RegionMariposa

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     Famous Peaks that are not High Points (Rank #11)
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       Voices from the Mountains (Venables)

Ascent Info

Total ascents/attempts logged by registered users: 213
     Show all viewable ascents/attempts (Total: 197)

Selected Trip Reports:
     1985-04-27 by Mark Spencer
     1995-09 by Jacek Czyz
     1997-10 by Jacek Czyz
     1999-06 by Jacek Czyz
     2000-05 by Jacek Czyz
     2000-06 by Jacek Czyz
     2002-05 by Jacek Czyz
     2002-05-17 by Bob Burd
     2002-06 by Jacek Czyz
     2002-11-20 by Jacek Czyz
     2004-09-26 by Gene Yore
     2011-08-20 by Matt Parker
     2014-04-20 by Marcus Sierra
     2014-06-24 by Winnette Butler
     2015-05-16 by Daniel Block
     2015-05-31 by John Fedak
     2015-09-19 by Doran Brown
     2017-10-26 by Andria Hernandez
     2017-11-13 by Grant Miller
     2017-12-02 by Powen Ru
     2018-05-03 by Lin Alexandra
     2018-05-08 by Lin Alexandra
     2019-09-26 by Michael Toffey (GPS Track)
     2020-02-16 by Benjamin Tryon
     2020-08-07 by Christopher Flynn (GPS Track)
     2020-10-19 by Ryan Rex
     2020-10-26 by Ryan Rex
     2021-04-11 by Yao-Min Chen (GPS Track)
     2021-05-24 by Daniel Frashier
     2021-08-26 by charles tiedemann (GPS Track)
     2022-05-15 by Cara Drover

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"El Cap" is, simply put, the premiere big wall in the world. Sure, there are bigger faces or more challenge in Baffin Island, Patagonia, or other far-off places, but no other mountain face on the planet combines clean granite, generally good weather, easy accessibility, and enormous vertical like the monarch of Yosemite Valley. Big-wall aid climbing was born here, and today El Cap remains the center and main training gound for that subset of mountaineering.

However, for the peakbagger, El Cap is not even really a peak. Once on top of the cliffs, there is a very low-prominence bump and a forested ridge that leads up to the real mountains of the high Sierra. An easy hiking trail leads to the "summit" from the north, allowing almost anyone to easily claim that they "climbed" El Cap.

So El Capitan is perhaps the peak that most separates the peakbaggers from the traditional rock climbers. Peaks with real prominence like Half Dome or Mount Whitney or Mount Everest interest both types of mountaineers, even if they gravitate to different routes on the same peak. But the lack of a real summit for El Capitan leaves the "peak" entirely to the rock jocks who "routebag" their way up the Nose and other faces of what is really a huge cliff.

The world's premier "big wall" dominates the lower Yosemite Valley.
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ProminenceKey Col Page  (Detailed prominence information)
  Clean Prominence: 9 ft/3 m
  Optimistic Prominence: 49 ft/15 m
  Key Col: 7560 ft/2304 m
IsolationIsolation Page  (Detailed isolation information)
   Distance: 0.23 mi/0.37 km
   Isolation Limit Point: 37.7375, -119.6367
Nearest Higher Neighbor in the PBC database:
    Eagle Peak  (NNE)
RangesContinent: North America
Range2: Pacific Ranges
Range3: Sierra Nevada
Range4: Yosemite-Ritter Sierra Nevada
Range5: Central Yosemite Sierra
Range6: Yosemite Valley
Drainage BasinsSan Joaquin
San Francisco Bay
Pacific-Western USA
Pacific Ocean
OwnershipLand: Yosemite National Park
Wilderness/Special Area: Yosemite Wilderness Area
Topo MapEl Capitan O37119f6 1:24,000
Data Source1:25,000 (or larger) Topographic Survey Map
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Other Photos

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Poster by Master Topo: 1-st ascent of the Quo Vadis solo by Jacek Czyz (2003). Photo by Jacek Czyz.
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Mr Pickles first hike! (2018-05-20). Photo by Ana Barnett.
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