|Yosemite campground summaries:
This is a list of Yosemite Campgrounds and
availabilities at each.
On the valley floor,
North Pines, Lower
Pines and Upper Pines are about the same.
$24 per night, reservations required in summer. Call 877-444-6777
RV's OK (NO hookups at all; generators
allowed 7am to 7pm.)
Tap water available
Dump Station (Upper Pines Only)
Showers (Curry Village or Housekeeping Camp)
Laundry (Housekeeping Camp)
|Camp 4 Walk-In Campground (Valley
$5 per night. (3 people to a site; you share with strangers.
Open All Year.
4 is a walk-in campground populated with two kinds of campers;
climbers either embarking or returning from their assault on El
Capitan, or low-rent, inconsiderate, flatlander-cheapskates who don't want to use
the other valley campgrounds. The atmosphere at Camp 4 is like
that of a 3-ring circus. It's a gypsy camp. There is noise 24 hours a day, people
coming and going at all hours, other people (like myself on
occasion) who come in after 7pm, thus eluding the ranger, and throw
down a bag (called bushwhacking) where they can find a level
spot of ground. If you expect to get any sleep here, bring
your earplugs. Forget privacy; in fact I was once awakened in
the middle of the night from a sound sleep by someone with a heavy
German accent shining a
flashlight in my face asking me to stop snoring so loudly...
:-\ sheesh... (I don't use a tent.)
Here's what you get:
NO pets allowed
Showers (Curry Village)
Laundry (Curry Village)
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$24 per night, reservations
required. Call 800-436-7275
304 sites (25 backpacker's walk-in sites which are
first-come-first-serve and are $8 per night)
55 miles from Yosemite Valley, a little more than one hour driving.
Open late June - Sept.
It's COLD here. Even in the middle of July you'll freeze your
buns off if you're not prepared. It can get down into the 30's
at night regularly, but usually stays around the low 40's.
Elevation is 9,000 feet at the east edge of the Sierra Nevada, which
means it rains here much more frequently than in the valley.
Thunderstorms are common, whereas in the valley they are much less
frequent. Mosquitoes are also a much larger problem here than in the
valley. They can be brutal, especially just after a
hatch. This is also big time bear country. If you're
planning to be in the area for more than two days you are sure to
see a bear. Bear sightings are always fun, especially at 2am
when either something warm is licking your feet, or you wake to the
racket of bears tearing your camp to shreds (if you have not stored
your food properly). Either way, it's an adventure. You
might want to peruse the information on the Bear page; Go
On the bright side, this is the
wilderness! (Go Here for
details) Around the store and grill it can get crowded and
usually stays busy. But you can walk, literally, 500 feet down
the Glen Aulin Trail and be 100% alone with no sound at all with
some of the most incredible vistas you can imagine. Or, you
might choose to hike south along the Tuolumne River and choose a
private isolated sand bar, or corner of a small meadow and not see
another human for hours; sleep, contemplate life, read,
what-ever. Or, hike up to the top of Lempert Dome or Pothole
Dome and get a mind-bending 360 degree view of Tuolumne
Meadows. And absolutely you must bring a reclining lawn chair
and go out into the meadow on some moonless night and get a
celestial show you will not forget, ESPECIALLY in August during the
annual meteor shower. It's worth putting up with the
discomforts of camping up here. It's just incredible.
You'd swear you never thought the sky could be so dark blue.
Showers (Tuolumne Meadows Lodge; $5 w/ towel, $3 without)
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