Porcupine Flat Campground
Tioga Rd, Yosemite National Park, CA, USA
www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvis… - (209) 372-0200
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Porcupine Flat Campground Yosemite National Park Reviews
Cheap accommodation in Yosemite Jul 23, 2016
If you are shocked after seeing the hotel prices in Yosemite and giving up on your plan to spend the night there, this review will give you a ray of hope. You don't have to be rich to experience wilderness in this beautiful place. There are many campgrounds offered by the NPS, some can be reserved in advance and some are through first come first served basis. Porcupine Flat campground falls in the second category. It's situated at Tioga Pass or hwy 120, about 35 miles away from the valley at an elevation of 8100 ft.
The price for a campsite is $12/per night and a maximum of 6 people can camp at one site except for the group sites. There are 52 sites available for tents and 4 sites available exclusively for people with disabilities. Each site comes with a picnic table, a bear locker and a fire pit. There are several pit toilets available and they were clean but stinky just like any other pit toilets. The campsites are scattered around a narrow unpaved road so you can bring your car closer to your own site. There are no electricity and potable water available here so either bring enough water or boil/treat water from the near by creek before you drink it.
At the entrance there is a bulletin board where all the rules and warnings are posted. Basically you come here (preferably in the morning, very early if it's a weekend) and walk around to see if there is an empty campsite or somebody is leaving. You can talk to the other campers too, usually they are very friendly and will readily offer you their site when they notice you. When you get an empty site register it by filling out your information on a yellow envelope obtained near the bulletin board and paying the exact change in cash inside that envelope. Don't forget to tear off the registration slip from the envelope before you slide it into the drop box. There is a number post with a clip at each campsite, attach your registration slip/receipt to that clip. The park rangers may come anytime to check that slip as a proof of registration.
In summer the days are hot but the nights are very cold (~38F). Don't forget to bring a good sleeping bag with you. Also please store your food and any cosmetics in the bear locker provided. Don't keep smellable items in the car. There are lot of bears around, they might damage your car while trying to search for food. This campground is close to several beautiful attractions on Tioga Pass e.g. North Dome, Cloud's rest, Tenaya Lake, Olmsted Point and last but not the least, Tuolumne Meadows. It's a perfect place to camp if you want to avoid the repulsive crowd of the Yosemite Valley and have an early start on some of the most beautiful hikes in the world without breaking your bank!
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