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Upper Yosemite Falls, Eagle Peak and El Capitan - Yosemite National Park

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May 12 4:00AM - 11:00PM

What we'll do
This hike is very challenging 16 + miles(3.5 mi to Yosemite Falls + 4.7 mi to El Capitan) roundtrip with over 4,000 ft elevation gain.

https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/el-capitan-trail-historical

Trail Overview

Columbia Rock
Distance: 2 miles (3.2 km) round trip
Elevation: 1,000 ft (328 m) elevation gain
Difficulty: Moderate
Time: 2-3 hours round trip
Begin at: Camp 4 area (near shuttle stop #7 and El Capitan Shuttle stop #E2)
Top of Yosemite Falls
Distance: 7.2 miles (11.6 km) round trip
Elevation: 2,700 ft (823 m) elevation gain
Difficulty: Strenuous
Time: 6-8 hours round trip
Begin at: Camp 4 area (near shuttle stop #7 and El Capitan Shuttle stop #E2)

One of Yosemite's oldest historic trails (built 1873 to 1877), the Yosemite Falls Trail leads to the top of North Americas tallest waterfall, which rises 2,425 feet (739 m) above the Valley floor. This trail starts near Camp 4, along the Valley Loop Trail, and immediately begins its climb, switchback after switchback, through oak woodland. You will begin to climb above some trees and into exposed plateaus that offer you a glimpse of what's to come: great views of Yosemite Valley and its many iconic landforms. Do not stray off of the maintained path, as you will find steep drops adjacent to the trail.
If you make the one-mile, 1,000 foot climb (via dozens of switchbacks) to Columbia Rock, you will be rewarded with spectacular views of Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, and Sentinel Rock. From there, it is worth the time and energy to hike another 0.5 miles (0.8 km) (some of which is actually downhill!) to get a stunning view of Upper Yosemite Fall. Depending on the season, you may even feel the mist from the fall, which may be welcome respite after the tough climb.

The upper half of the trail is steep and rocky, but the arduous climb is well worth the amazing views you will be rewarded with at the top. Here you may be surprised by the small size of Yosemite Creek, which feeds this massive waterfall. Use extreme caution when near the creek and remember you are directly above a waterfall.

At the top of the Yosemite Falls Trail, you can extend your hike east to Yosemite Point (follow signs for North Dome; adds 1.6 miles roundtrip (2.6 km) to this hike) or west to Eagle Peak (follow signs to El Capitan, adds 5.8 miles roundtrip (9.3 km) to this hike). Yosemite Point offers direct views of Half Dome that rival those found on the North Dome trail, gives you an opportunity to see Lost Arrow Spire up close, and provides panoramic views of many other peaks. Eagle Peak, part of the Three Brothers rock formation, is the highest point on the north rim of Yosemite Valley, which gives you a different perspective of the surrounding granite landscape.

Directions in a link below:
https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Walmart/Yosemite+Valley,+California/@37.8164637,-120.3694792,141059m/am=t/data=!3m1!1e3!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x809ac70e81377723:0xaa8292367955caae!2m2!1d-121.3916547!2d38.411702!1m5!1m1!1s0x8096ec3b08ad6bc7:0xb77ef6660622eb35!2m2!1d-119.6095!2d37.7288001

https://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/yosemitefallstrail.htm

What to bring
- 3 liters of water
- food
- sunscreen
- hat
- good hiking boots
- layers of clothing (jacket)
- money for carpool and park entrance fees ($4 per hour for driver, about 3.5 hours each way 7 hours total. $30 entrance fee a vehicle. I would suggest if someone have annual passes for federal lands to drive in each vehicle.)

Important to know
This will be a day trip so plan accordingly. If you want to meet at trail head or camp before or after the hike you are welcome to make your own reservations/plans. The trail is dangerous with a lot of steep drop offs. Be safe and take caution. When you sign up for this meet up you are responsible for your own actions and safety on a trail. If it rains this meet-up will be rescheduled for later date.

How to find us:Back of Walmart parking lot, park-n-ride near 7-Eleven

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