Upper Pines Campground

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Yosemite National Park, California

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Upper Pines Campground Yosemite National Park Reviews

blanchvegas blanchve…
3 reviews
Beautifull Camping, the way it should be! Feb 21, 2009
Beautiful campground at amazing price! Only comlaint would be that there are no showers and I visited in July, hot! Friendy park staff, good sized plots, and close to everything you want to do in Yosemite!
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pushirubiano pushirub…
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Camping in Yosemite Valley May 28, 2008
There are four campgrounds in Yosemite Valley, of which three are more or less comparable in facilities and location; Lower Pines, Upper Pines and North Pines. The fourth (Camp 4) is tented only and doesn’t take reservations.

We had hoped to get a spot in the smallest of the three, North Pines, but places went fast so we ended up reserving at Upper Pines. We did get a nice roomy site though (55).

First things first: reservations are essential for these campgrounds. You can make these through the National Park Service website: www.recreation.gov five months before the date you want to go, on the 15th of every month. Log in early because sometimes all sites are gone in literally 15 minutes, esp. for the weekends, holidays and summer months. If you want to know what your site looks like, someone (bless his heart) has actually taken the trouble to photograph every campsite and post it on the web: www.yosemitesites.com.

Campground check-in is 3 o’clock (sites that are not checked-in to at this time are given out to walk-in campers: there is a long line for these!), check-out is at noon, both at the ranger station at the entrance to the campground. Sites cost $20 per day per site.

About the campgrounds themselves: do know that you will not have a lot of privacy! The campgrounds are large and sites tend to be spaced quite close to one another, esp. at the end of every ‘loop’. I understand that it can get quite noisy and crowded but I guess we were lucky in that sense: we had different neighbors every night we spent there but all very nice and quiet.

All campsites are nicely laid out beneath towering pine trees and all have the customary picknick table and bbq/fire ring. North Pines has some especially fine sites right beside a stream.

Yosemite campings feature an ‘extra’: bears! You’ll see warnings everywhere. Sites are equipped with bear boxes (lockers): use them! They are large enough to stow all edibles, even large coolers will fit easily. Don’t forget to store your toiletries and everything with a scent in bear boxes, too. It seems bears are especially partial to toothpaste! Don’t just lock your stuff in your car, bears are intelligent, strong creatures and will find it. You don’t want a ruined car, not to mention the hefty fine from your friendly park ranger!
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Our little spot: site 55.
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maestorm says:
thanks so much for the info! we're actually planning a trip there for labor day weekend. unfortunately it's all last minute so we'll be doing the walk-in. hopefully we'll be able to grab a good spot. i was thinking about bridalveil creek or even whitewolf campground?? *crosses fingers*
Posted on: Aug 15, 2008

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