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Southgate Summit

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· Oakhurst, California
20 acres
5 sites
5 Tent
This area was once inhabited by local native American Tribes. In the 1840's prospectors arrived in search of gold but none was found in the immediate area. Old Yosemite Base camp was along the route into Yosemite National Park prior to the construction of Highway 41. Horse and Carriage traveled along Old Yosemite Road from Mariposa and the entire golden state. Visitors from the world now pass through Oakhurst to Yosemite National Park along this route. Don't for to check out Bass Lake and its full service amenities. ALL CAMP SITES REQUIRE 4 WHEEL DRIVE or All-Wheel drive- NO Exceptions ***  Campers can enjoy the outdoors safely as all of our 5 campsites are in safe distance from each other.  The following are our expectations for safe camping at OYBC during COVID-19:  1) Maintain social distancing guidelines (6ft apart from other guests), 2) come prepared for your camping trip with hand sanitizer, wipes, etc.   *** Hipcampers, come 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 buses 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. All wheel drive is still needed to get to this lot. 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!
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Oakhurst, California, United StatesTo respect the Host's privacy, the precise address of this land will be provided after booking
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Hosted by Cassidy A.Joined in May 2016
Response rate: 60%Response time: Within 16 hours
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518 Ratings · 345 reviews
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Megan W.recommends
September 30, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Great spot
A great location to the south Yosemite entrance and very close to bass lake (be sure to rent a canoe, it’s beautiful). The campsites were all great and the communication was super clear. Would recommend this place to anyone and will stay here again!
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Carol S.recommends
September 25, 2022
Site 1 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Happy Campers!!!
We just LOVE IT HERE!!! Thank you so much for letting us stay at your beautiful hide away. We’ve stayed at Site 1 and Site 3. Both are great sites to stay at. Well, all of the sites are great, Can’t wait till next year to come again. Thank you for everything
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Walther O.recommends
September 19, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
We had the whole place!
Loved our stay ! Close enough to get up at a reasonable time and head into Yosemite. We had site 3 and enough space for the truck tent and 4 person tent on the ground . A small 3-5 min hike down to the restroom , but we loved not having to deal with the occasional smell we’ve had in other spots . Although they were really clean . Would return here if possible .
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Christophe W.recommends
September 16, 2022
Site 1 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Superb place to have a night while staying in Yosemite! You will be around nature in a perfectly arranged place
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Johanna T.recommends
September 8, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Cassidy’s land was lovely, clean, and quiet. 4x4 was required to reach the site. The stars and Milky Way were visible at night. The kids were able to spot a shooting star! The campsite is close to the town Oakhurst, Bass Lake which has a nice swimming area with a beach by Willow Creek Trailhead, and Yosemite National Park. Great place to camp, make s’mores and will do it again.
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Eunice G.recommends
September 6, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Site #2
Our site is big with lots of shade. Very nice and quiet with beautiful sunset. Its about 30-45mins to get in to Yosemite NP entrance. Will totally recommend.
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Riley D.recommends
September 5, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Site #3 Labor Day Stay
OYBC was a great place for a long weekend stay! Site 3 was perfect with a good amount of tree cover. Well maintained fire pits with high quality cooking grates made cooking very easy. You definitely need 4 wheel drive! Loose gravel and potholes on the main drive can be tricky even with a 4 wheel drive. Getting to and from Bass Lake and Yosemite was extremely convenient. Definitely would recommend to anyone who’s looking to check out Yosemite but cant get a site in the park. Would stay here again if I'm in the area. Cassidy was a great host and was quick to respond to all of my questions. Thanks for the stay!
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Daniel F.recommends
August 22, 2022
Site 4 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Cassidy was very easy to coordinate with and has great instructions on how to get there / set-up. We stayed at campsite #4 which was secluded and spacious.
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Derek K.recommends
August 1, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
OYBC was a really cool site! I was the only camper there during my stay so I got to explore all the sites. I'd say site 2 and 3 were the best. 2 has a slightly better (unobstructed) view, the sunset was unreal, but site 3 has more shade. Any site you go with you won't be sorry though. Each side has a fire pit with a cooking top to it, a picnic table and a standard table. Bathrooms were clean and fully stocked when I went. The driveway is easily tackled with a 4x4 or AWD vehicle regardless of ground clearance. Bring some big spray for sure. Cassidy was super on it with communication and checking in. Definitely recommend this site!
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Brenda R.recommends
July 24, 2022
Site 4 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Camping on the hill
It’s a beautiful place. The campgrounds are separated for privacy so it feels like you are alone. There is no water which was not a problem for us because we take many gallons. The latrines require some walking. You definitely need a 4x4 and better if it has higher clearance. Cassidy was very helpful and responsive, the Oak Fire started on the day we arrived and she was concerned that we were going to struggle with the smoke and ash, she offer a refund if we wanted to leave, the winds shifted the smoke and we were able to stay for the weekend, it was a great gesture from her part. Hopefully we can come back soon.
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Morgan L.recommends
July 17, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Lovely weekend by Yosemite
Such a beautiful and private spot. Fire pits were a nice touch! Beautiful view for sunsets and the stars and nearby great hiking. Will definitely be coming back in the future!
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Berit D.recommends
July 17, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Gorgeous hilltop setting!
Cassidy’s land was a really awesome place to set up for our time in Yosemite. We were able to get our teardrop trailer up to site 3, and that’s the only site it would have worked at. Our 3 year old son had an amazing time exploring the property, and it was lovely coming back to the gorgeous sunsets on top of the hill we stayed on.
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Andrea B.recommends
July 14, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
I loved camping here! The land was beautiful and the location was great - very convenient and easy to drive up through the south entrance of Yosemite. The view of the stars and Milky Way was unbelievable. We made a fire and cooked on the grill (very nice quality). The bathroom was clean. The area was quiet and well maintained. We liked it so much that we stayed an extra night!
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Jessica B.recommends
July 10, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Awesome Campsite!
My husband and I really enjoyed camping here. The hosts instructions and description were extremely informative and clear. We drove our AWD Subaru Outback and that was perfect for getting to our site. It is a little bit of a jaunt from the campsites to the potties but not too bad. The campsites were really clean and beautiful. The sunsets were lovely and the bugs weren’t too bad. It was only a 15-30 minute drive into Oakhurst which had some fun places to stop and about the same amount of time to get into Yosemite’s South Gate, as well as Bass Lake- it’s a super centralized location for all of those points.
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Matthew B.recommends
July 3, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Site 2 was great! Plenty of shade and table space. Overall very clean grounds and bathrooms
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Christian R.recommends
June 24, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Nice spot
We enjoyed site 2. You’re able to park your truck right in front of your tent, which is convenient but also you’re not too far from the restroom. Not too dusty, but does get a bit warm in the summer months. So close to Yosemite however, so worth it if you want to do a little traveling. We recommend completely.
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Sierra N.recommends
June 23, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Great spot for tent camping. Very close to the Southgate entrance to Yosemite. We stayed in site 3 and loved the shade from all the trees. Highly recommend. The bathrooms are a little far.
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Pippa M.recommends
June 21, 2022
Site 1 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Escape the crowds of Yosemite
Fantastic escape from the usual busyness of Yosemite NP. Sites are quiet and spacious with wonderful views. Amazing waterfall hikes within 10 minutes and access to Mariposa Grove is quick and easy. Does take a while to get the the Valley from here but road is scenic and enjoyable. Easy access to supplies, gas etc. in town too - an absolutely wonderful place to camp and get away from it all.
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Peter K.recommends
June 20, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Easy to find and great spot close to the southern entrance to Yosemite. Quiet at night and clean campsite, would stay again!
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Alisha E.doesn't recommend
June 13, 2022
Site 4 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Large Campsite
This is a large tent site. It's not flat so have to be mindful. #4 doesn't have much shade and has lots of sun-so consider that when booking. Great bonfire pit.
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Joshua H.recommends
June 10, 2022
Site 4 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Beautiful, secluded spot! Just what we were looking for
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David T.recommends
June 8, 2022
Site 5 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Nice campsite close to everything
We really enjoyed this campsite! It was the furthest back from the road and the highest in elevation. It worked out perfectly for us and my kids loved climbing on the rocks. This spot is about 20 minutes from the Yosemite south entrance and it is very close to Oakhurst which has lots of food and shopping options. The only downside to this place is that the port a potties are at the very bottom of the campsite so it’s a decent uphill climb back to the campsite. Not fun if you gotta go in the middle of the night but the night sky is pretty awesome. Also you do need an AWD vehicle, I saw someone in a car without 4WD try to make it up the hill to the campsites and their car never made it up.
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Katherine B.recommends
June 6, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
We really enjoyed our time here. It was a great, convenient location. Would recommend!
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Armando M.recommends
June 6, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Clean and peaceful!
Great spot, close to the road but away from the crowds. Host was friendly. We drove 1.2 hrs to Yosemite from here on both days we were camping but it was worth it. Made it a great option for last minute planning since camping in the park these days seems almost impossible to get a reservation. I would come back and definitely recommend it. Thank you Cassidy!
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Sabine K.recommends
June 1, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
It was great! My first camping experience and it could not have been better. We were lucky only one other sight was booked so we had a lot of privacy. Enough space, lovely camp fire and only a beautiful ride away from great trails. We would recommend the chilnualna falls trail! Less crowded than the trails starting from curry village. And Bass lake is nearby as well for a refreshing swim!
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Chuck C.recommends
May 21, 2022
Site 5 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Nice private camping mint trees of some kind prevent bugs
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Alex W.recommends
May 16, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
I was in town for the Yosemite half marathon and this served as a great base camp. Oakhurst is just a few minutes away in case you need to grab anything. The sites are semi private but good sized with space for multiple tents, fire pit and tables included. I didn't mind the walk down to the bathroom (outlined in the guide) so much as I minded the fact that in didn't seem to have been cleaned any time recently. Instructions are explicit and well laid out. You are about twenty minutes from the south entrance to Yosemite so factor that into your plans accordingly. Overall, would stay again.
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Sarah S.recommends
May 16, 2022
Site 4 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Epic Yosemite spot!
Absolutely stunning campsite! Very private and great spot for a tent. Loved this location and I’ll definitely be back!
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Brittany G.recommends
May 8, 2022
Site 3 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
We stayed at site 3 and really enjoyed ourselves. The location was perfect for entering the South Gate at Yosemite. It was clean and quiet. The fire pits with grates were great for heating up our food. All the other campers were extremely quiet and respectful. Loved hearing the turkeys gobble in the morning and enjoyed all the quail.
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Freddy M.recommends
May 2, 2022
Site 2 - Old Yosemite Base Camp (4x4 ONLY)
Campsite #2 was nice and spaced out
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