El Cap Meadow: Project Yosemite’s Favorite Spots


In an ongoing series, we’ll feature the favorite Yosemite places of filmmakers Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty, the creators of the stunning Yosemite HD time-lapse video that became a runaway favorite online with over 3 million views on Vimeo.

The Story

Colin: “Through the spring and summer months the grass grows tall and green in Yosemite. These grassy meadows are great places to observe the valley since they are normally right at its center. El Capitan Meadow is my favorite. It sits at the foot of El Capitan, one of the world’s most popular wall faces for rock climbing. As you walk further from the road El Capitan comes into view and if you look close enough you can find climbers thousands of feet above the ground. After relaxing in El Cap Meadow for awhile it’s nice to have the Merced River close enough for a quick dip.”


Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty of Project Yosemite

Sheldon Neill and Colin Delehanty of Project Yosemite

One of the most prominent granite monoliths in Yosemite Valley, El Capitan soars roughly 3000 above the valley floor. Rock climbers often take three days or more to climb to the top, although speed climbers can cover the distance in only a few hours. On the other side of the meadow, views of Cathedral Rocks provide a perfect counterpoint to the Captain. Bordered by Northside Drive and the Merced River in Yosemite Valley, this popular viewing area has plenty of parking in pull-outs on the left side of the road. During the summer months, the Yosemite Conservancy runs an “Ask a Climber” program to answer climbing questions and give you an opportunity you to look through powerful spotting scopes at the climbers above.

Read more about Colin, Sheldon and Project Yosemite.

We’re collecting more pictures and stories about favorite Yosemite spots. Keep checking back for more.


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