Liberty Cap (California)

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Liberty Cap
Yosemite Nevada Fall11.JPG
Liberty Cap is next to Nevada Fall
Highest point
Elevation7,080 ft (2,160 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence956 ft (291 m)[1]
Parent peakHalf Dome[2]
Coordinates37°43′43″N 119°31′57″W / 37.728533°N 119.532556°W / 37.728533; -119.532556Coordinates: 37°43′43″N 119°31′57″W / 37.728533°N 119.532556°W / 37.728533; -119.532556[1]
LocationYosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Half Dome
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeGranite dome
Easiest routeScramble, class 2–3[3]

Liberty Cap is a granite dome in Yosemite National Park, California, United States which lies at the extreme northwestern margin of Little Yosemite Valley. It lies adjacent, to the north of Nevada Fall, on the John Muir Trail. It rises 1,700 feet (520 m) feet from the base of Nevada Fall to a peak elevation of 7,080 ft (2,158 m). A smaller, mesa-like dome called Mount Broderick stands immediately adjacent to Liberty Cap.

Origin of the name[edit]

California Governor Leland Stanford visited Yosemite in 1865, and he and James Hutchings visited Nevada Fall. Stanford didn't like any proposed names, and, looking at half-dollar reputably produced by Hutchings, saw a resemblance between the Liberty Cap and the coin's cap of liberty and decided the name better,.[4]


The easiest routes starts at Happy Isles in Yosemite Valley and follow either the John Muir Trail or the Mist Trail to the top of Nevada Falls. Cross the bridge over the Merced River and climb the short ridge. From the granite slabs on the ridge ascend the Northeast Gully (class 2–3) to the summit.[3]

There are a number of technical routes on Liberty Cap ranging in difficulty from class 5.8 to 5.11.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "Liberty Cap, California". Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  2. ^ "Liberty Cap". Retrieved March 31, 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "Liberty Cap". Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  4. ^ Richard J. Hartesveldt (1955). "Yosemite Valley Place Names". Retrieved May 2, 2016.