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Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?

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avatar Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 09, 2008 04:29PM
Upper Pines is first come first serve, do you think i have a good chance of getting a campsite for 1 person on Feb 15th towards the evening? all the other sites are full (according to http://www.recreation.gov/campgroundSearch.do).
avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 09, 2008 05:53PM
forrestranger wrote:

> Upper Pines is first come first serve

It is?

avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 09, 2008 07:16PM
eeek wrote:

> forrestranger wrote:
>
> > Upper Pines is first come first serve
>
> It is?

Yeah. No reservations from Nov 1, 2007 to March 14, 2008.

http://www.nps.gov/yose/planyourvisit/upperpines.htm
avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 09, 2008 07:40PM
am i reading this right? http://www.recreation.gov/camping/Upper_Pines/r/campgroundMap.do?camparea=82267466&selectedSiteRb=203269&contractCode=NRSO&parkId=70925

does the brown icon mean that someone is in that spot right now? and that the blues one's are available on a first come first serve basis? if i'm correct, then i can view this site before i make my 2 1/2 hr drive up there to see if i'm gonna have a chance at getting a site for the night.

i just wonder how up to date they keep the site?



Post Edited (02-09-08 19:45)



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avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 10, 2008 02:43AM
I would not camp in the valley even if it were free. No thanks.
avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 10, 2008 10:35AM
Vince wrote:

> I would not camp in the valley even if it were free. No thanks.

It's not so bad this time of year.

Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 10, 2008 10:45AM
Vince wrote:

> I would not camp in the valley even if it were free. No thanks.

Camping there sure saves a bunch of gas and travel time, if the Valley is what you want to see...





Wilderness forever,
Bruce Jensen
avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 10, 2008 12:46PM
i want to be there for the sunrise to take photos.. anyone have any good ideas as to where would be a good place to take them? (in the valley)
Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 10, 2008 07:46PM
That's a tough call, being a holiday weekend. This time of year, they only have a few of the loops open, and if you were getting there in the morning I'd say you have little to worry about. But on a Friday evening on a holiday weekend with no storm (predicted anyway) you might think about a "what'll I do, just in case?" contingency. If you have any way of heading in so you'll be there in the morning or early afternoon, it would be less chancy.

You can't rely on any info from the reservation site during this season; they're all first-come, first-served and they have no info, but instead it will just look like everything is full.

As for camping in the valley being something to avoid, if you're after a wilderness experience of course it's not the place. But I love camping there; easy access to all sorts of fine, uncrowded trails with world class scenery, instead of worrying about meals you can hop on the bus and head to the Lodge or elswhere for a hot, no-hassle meal. On those long dark cold evenings, instead of a smoky fire you can go to the lodge's evening presentation, which can be an Ansel Adams flick, or various presentations regarding the park, wildlife, history, etc.

If you have a bike, they're invaluable in the valley. The bus is nice, but bikes are better during daylight hours.

If you want the actual sunrise, it comes up somewhere south of Half Dome (viewed from most of the Valley) this time of year, so if you got up early enough and headed to tunnel view, it should be a nice vantage point. You can get some nice photos of the early sun from the Ahwahnee meadow and Stoneman meadow (across from Curry) and the forested areas in between. Also the trail that goes along behind the Ahwahnee, eventually to Mirror Lake gets some morning sun. If you're around Ahwahnee meadow on the Northside drive side, look up at upper Yosemite falls as the morning sun hits it for a rainbow
http://www.pbase.com/roberthouse/image/65127870

Aside from possible full campgrounds due to the holiday weekend, at times the gargantuan motor homes invade the place (I'm a tent camper and plan to stay that way 8^);
http://www.pbase.com/roberthouse/image/16156156
the only other downside to me is the campfire situation. Many folks associate camping with a fire that burns eternally, and the valley doesn't have the circulation for it. I personally wish they'd have a firepit somewhere, and not allow campfires at all, or just for a brief time in the evening, year around. Currently they limit it to evenings in summer, but in winter that's not the case, and the smoke is definitely in the unhealthy category at times.

Enjoy your trip! Hope you get your site and all goes smoothly.





Gary
Yosemite Photo Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/roberthouse/yo
avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 11, 2008 09:08AM
it's not that i like to camp in the valley (which i actually do NOT like to do), but it is convienient for when i need to get a photo in the early morning of the sunrise.
Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 11, 2008 05:06PM
Theres always Camp 4!
avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 11, 2008 05:43PM
Camp 4???? lol isn't that the one where you have to park far away from your camping site and drag all of your belongings? lolol
Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 11, 2008 07:21PM
Why worry about it then, if you don't like camping there? Stay at one of the lodgings near El Portal, and get up an hour before sunrise and drive in.





Gary
Yosemite Photo Galleries: http://www.pbase.com/roberthouse/yo
avatar Re: Camping in Valley 2/15/08?
February 11, 2008 07:36PM
hey, i might be a sissy, but i'm not THAT much of a sissy. lol
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