About Old Yosemite Base Camp
**Old Yosemite Base Camp has made some changes! Camp sites require all wheel drive. All sites are priced for 4 campers with the ability to add up to two more at 14$ each additional person. Walk in sites have been expanded. ** Pitch your tent at one of five Old Yosemite Base Camp drive in and walk in sites. OYBC offers over six acres of pine, oak, and bay trees, sprinkled around large granite features that remind you that Half Dome is not far away! Each unique site is equipped with a stone fire ring with cook top and a picnic table accommodating four person dining. Old Yosemite Base Camp is the perfect place to enjoy the sunset and stargaze next to a campfire after an adventurous day in the southern Yosemite region. Yosemite tent camping without all the crowds and tour busses is what you can expect. Backing up to the Sierra National Forest OYBC is conveniently located near HWY 41 just 14 miles from Yosemite’s south gate entrance. The region also offers a large amount of hiking trails where you can find swim holes, waterfalls giant sequoias, lakes, and rivers. Take 15-minute drive to Bass Lake and enjoy water sports and lake view dining.
OYBC offers five camp sites and all wheel drive is required to get to the top of camp. OYBC sites 1, 2, 3, are drive up sites and 4 & 5 are walk in sites that have a separate parking area.
Have a large group? Old Yosemite Base Camp offers discounts for larger parties of up to 25 campers. Message OYBC to reserve the whole mountainside to yourselves!
- Listing type: Private
- No. of sites: 5
- Accessibility: Park at listing
- Campsite area: Bring your own Tents, Cars
- Check in after: 12PM
- Check out before: 11AM
- Cancellation policy: Moderate
- On arrival: Go straight to camp
- Minimum nights: None
- Accepts bookings: 6 months out
The vibe at Old Yosemite Base Camp
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Nice site, off in the woods with beautiful views, fire pit with cooking grill over the top, plenty of wood for our fires. The owner recommended the most BEAUTIFUL hike with gorgeous waterfalls called Lewis Creek National Scenic Trail (check it out on AllTrails.com as well as a day at Bass Lake where we rented jet skis, or you can fish, boat, swim, shop. Additionally we had an easy drive in to Yosemite Valley where we hiked the entire day and returned to camp that night for dinner. We had the best weekend!
Old Yosemite Basecamp is very much a gateway to the national park from which it gets its name. Whether you’re spending a night under the stars in preparation for a trip to the Valley or weaning yourself off of the great outdoors after a long weekend in Yosemite, there’s plenty to do/see/touch/smell around Oakhurst to get you (or keep you) in that outside state-of-mind. You can pitch a tent or two at one of five unique sites complete with fire rings and picnic tables, then take a short drive to any number of hikes. If you’re looking for a golden California sunset, there’s hardly anything this place does better. And did I mention the stargazing? It’s no doubt that a little bit of that Yosemite Magic overflows right into Old Yosemite Basecamp.
The camp seems new-- clean and well thought out. The fire pit and cooking grate as well as the picnic table are all brand new and clean. There was a lot of wood set aside for fires. We had no problem getting there using GPS and had the camp to ourselves the first night. You can't see the road from the camp, it is charming (lots of trees and wildlife) and feels isolated. It is however an expensive option for a couple-- would be better for groups who split the cost ($75 a night versus $12-20 at some camps in Yosemite). Would be a fun option to rent all of the 5 sites for a weekend with friends. However, it is over an hour drive to Yosemite Valley, which is perfect if you camp here on your way to or back from spending time at the park but it isn't an ideal base camp for a lot of back and forth. All in all a really nice/private spot that i would go back to and recommend to others.
Loved this site! Stayed here with a small group of girls for a camping trip to Yosemite and it was wonderful. We showed up and there was a perfectly clean set up for us- lots of space for tents with a full fire pit and picnic table. Site next to us was empty so we felt like we had the place to ourselves. Only issue we had was trying to get up the driveway- I have a small SUV that was not 4 wheel drive and it did not make it up so we had to carry our stuff up.
Cassidy was an amazing host who was very willing to provide local hiking spots and locations to visit. The campsite was very clean clean and had absolutely stunning sunsets. I would absolutely recommend this campsite to a friend.
Here's a list of my findings after staying at this wonderful camping site.
1.) It's wise to bring a 4x4 with high clearance, otherwise you will have to hike you stuff up the dirt road (it's not that bad if you have to)
2.) there is *NO* water. Make sure to bring LOTS of water. There is a store close by if you want to purchase more every day
3.) There is a port-a-potty and it was extremely clean and always stocked with TP. Thanks, Cassidy!
4.) We experienced a lot of yellow jackets that were a nuisance when there was food present. My group ended up buying a yellow jacket trap from a local store and it worked perfectly. We ended up keeping the trap for other camping trips.
5.) Yosemite is about an hour away. If you have a 4x4 you can take some of the back roads that make it a bit faster.
A beautiful, peaceful spot. Worth arriving with some time to scope out the incredible views and chill under the stars. Unfortunately we arrived during the night to find another camper parked in our reserved spot. So we made camp on the side of the pitch and left early for the hour drive up to the National Park.
Clean set up, new fire pits and a very clean portaloo. All in a stunning setting. Will return.