North of Yosemite Valley, this sprawling campground is based around the burbling Tamarack Creek. This site is ideal for those seeking a quieter space among the trees. It’s guaranteed to refresh your mind and soul.
Campsite area
Bring your own tents, vans
No. of sites
Hike in (+10 mins)
Group sizes
Up to 6 people per site
Fires allowed
Toilet available
Pets allowed
Picnic table available
No RV hookup
Horseback riding
Snow sports
Whitewater paddling
Wildlife watching
Wind sports

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Hipcamper Valerie
No recommendation provided

This is a GREAT camp group. We loved it! Lot's of trees and privacy (very quiet). The hike to the top of El Capitan starts from this camp group, and it's a great hike (LONG-16.8 miles), but awesome, totally worth the views. On the way we saw a black bear and her cub, which the rangers said was a rare sighting. It was scary, but awesome! The only drawback to this campsite is the entrance, you have to come down a steep dirt road with a lot of bumps, we drove our (new) Prius and we made it pretty good (no scratches), but an RV would be almost impossible. Other than that it was great!

Hipcamper Aja
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Perfect for last minute risk takers with no reservation. Large camp, and yet miraculously quiet. Good for groups. Delighted to find both campfires and puppies were allowed. Bring your own wood in, because the land has been picked clean of kindling. We drove a Prius in too! Felt a little yuppie, but hey, there's a lot of Yosemite to explore and not a lot of gas options.

Hipcamper Chris
No recommendation provided

As of June 2016, the road was paved and in excellent condition, although there is still a sign that says RV's not recommended. I don't enough about RV's to confirm this. I rolled in on the Monday after Memorial day at eleven AM and campers were clearing out. Spots 1 and 2 are the quietest, with the rest of the campsites being pretty close to each other. El Cap is a solid hike out of the area, around 16.8 miles. Camp was filled for the night, so I'd recommend getting in at or before noon. There is a nice river for water that should be purified/boiled. Highly recommended spot

Hipcamper veronica
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Steep rocky road to the campsite. Doable with a 2 wheel drive vehicle.

Yosemite National Park
Phone Number
(209) 372-0200
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37.75° N, 119.735° W
Tent Only - Hike In: 52 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)
Tent / Van: 52 Sites
(Up to 6 people per site)