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LOWER PINES, CA

part ofYosemite National Park, National Park Service
Photo: LOWER PINES
Status: Closed through Sun Apr 05 2015   Season Dates
 

Overview

Lower Pines Campground is located in breathtaking Yosemite National Park in Central California's rugged Sierra Nevada Mountain Range at an elevation of 4,000 feet.

The site is situated in the heart of Yosemite Valley, an awe-inspiring landscape containing many of the famous features for which Yosemite National Park is known. Within Yosemite, visitors gaze upon waterfalls, sheer granite cliffs, deep valleys, grand meadows, ancient giant sequoias, vast wilderness areas and much more.

Natural Features:

Yosemite Valley is forested with a diverse mix of California black oak, ponderosa pine, incense-cedar, white fir and whiteleaf manzanita, which offers a pleasant combination of sun and shade. Through the trees, Yosemite's telltale granite cliffs peek through, and the gentle, refreshing Merced River flows nearby.

Recreation:

Yosemite's trails, cliffs, roads and rivers provide endless recreational activities for any kind of visitor. Hiking, biking, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, rafting, auto touring and photography are all very popular activities within the park.

Hiking trails range from the easy, paved, two-mile round-trip walk to Mirror Lake/Meadow, to the grueling but rewarding 14- to 16-mile trek to Half Dome (permit required). Both of these trails begin near the Pines Campgrounds, and there are many additional trailheads within Yosemite Valley.

Rafting the Merced River is a fun way to cool down on a summer day when water levels are sufficient. Yosemite Valley also offers numerous guided bus tours, educational programs, museums, ranger-led activities,and an art center with workshops.

Facilities:

Lower Pines Campground is one of the three reservation campgrounds in Yosemite Valley. It offers paved roads and parking spurs, flush toilets, drinking water, and an amphitheater. Each campsite contains a picnic table, fire ring, and a food storage locker.

Yosemite's free shuttle bus stops at the campground entrance. Nearby historic Curry Village offers a general store, restaurants and bar, amphitheater, and tours and activities desk.

Nearby Attractions:

Glacier Point offers sweeping views of Yosemite Valley, Little Yosemite Valley, Half Dome, Vernal and Nevada Falls, and Clouds Rest, among other notable landmarks and a visit to Wawona and the Pioneer Yosemite History Center is like stepping back in time.

The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias is a must-see. A guided bus tour (tickets must be purchased) and a network of hiking trails leads to stately trees with names like Grizzly Giant, Faithful Couple, and California Tunnel Tree.

The Tioga Road offers a 39-mile scenic drive past forests, meadows, lakes, and granite domes. Tuolumne Meadows embodies the high-country of the Sierra Nevada, with its broad sub-alpine meadows and granite domes and peaks and the beautiful Hetch Hetchy Reservoir is home to spectacular scenery and numerous wilderness trailheads.

Activities and Amenities

Within Facility
  • Accessible Campsites
  • Amphitheater
  • Campfire Rings
  • Drinking Water
  • Flush Toilets
  • Food Storage Locker
  • Host
  • Shuttle Bus Service
Know Before You Go
  • If arriving one or more days late, call (209)372-8502; your reservation will be forfeited if we do not hear from you within 24 hours of your arrival date

  • Bear habitat!
    • Food and toiletries must be stored 24 hours/day
    • Food storage lockers are provided in all campsites (45x18x33")
    • Absolutely no food stored in vehicles
    • Dispose of garbage immediately in bear-proof dumpsters
    • These rules are strictly enforced!

  • There are no electric, water or sewer hook-ups available at individual campsites, although a free dump station is located on-site

  • You are responsible for reading the site alerts and booking a site that will accommodate your equipment.

  • Road conditions can change at any time; before arrival, please call (209)372-0200 for road and weather conditions inside Yosemite, and 1-800-427-ROAD for conditions outside the park

  • Highway 120 over Tioga Pass from Lee Vining and the Glacier Point Road are closed seasonally

  • Resale or auction of advance reservations is prohibited

  • For additional park information, call (209)372-0200 or visit www.nps.gov/yose

Getting There:

GPS Info. (Latitude, Longitude):
37.74083, -119.56667
37°44'27"N, 119°34'0"W

Take Highway 41 north from Fresno, Highway 140 east from Merced, or Highway 120 east from Manteca into Yosemite National Park. Follow signs to Yosemite Valley and the campgrounds.

Contact Information:

Mailing Address:

LOWER PINES
PO BOX 577, 9024 Southside Drive
Yosemite National Park   CA  95389

Phone Number:

Information:  (209) 372-8502
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