The sharp, recognizable features of El Capitan are an icon with global reach.
Speed records for the route up “The Nose” date back to 1975.
The recent release of documentary films, “Free Solo” and “Dawn Wall” (in 2018) have brought this granite monolith back to the public eye.
It only seemed right that there be a running FKT up the standard hiking route of this famed icon!
Time starts and finishes at the edge of the pavement in the Camp 4 parking lot positioned at the start/end of the trail.
Follow the signs for Upper Yosemite Falls (this includes taking a right at the 0.10 mile mark) until you are up the initial switchbacks by mile 3...then follow the signs for El Capitan like you see in my photos!
There are little bench like cairns at the high point of El Capitan, I explored a bit further in my effort for curiousity sake, but that high point can be the obvious turn around.
Then reverse back to parking lot!