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The Best Camping in Yosemite Valley

Looking for the best camping in Yosemite Valley? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Yosemite Valley. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top camping spots in and near Yosemite Valley

  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Camp at Lower Pines Campground

    The Lower Pines Campground is located in Yosemite Valley near Half Dome Village just a stone's throw from Mirror Lake. The sites are available from April-October. Pets are allowed, and permit is $26/night for a site. Some sites are handicap accessible. More info at https://www.nps.gov/yose/plany...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Camp at North Pines Campground

    The North Pines Campground is located in Yosemite Valley near Half Dome Village. The sites are available from March-October. Pets are allowed, and permit is $26/night for a site. Some sites are handicap accessible. More info at https://www.nps.gov/yose/plany...
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Camp at Upper Pines Campground

    5.0
    The Upper Pines Campground is located in Yosemite Valley near Half Dome Village. Enjoy incredible views of Half Dome, green meadows, wildlife, Glacier Point, and fall asleep listening to the Merced River.  The sites are available year-round. Pets are allowed, and permit is $26 for a site. Each ca...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Little Yosemite Valley Campsite and Half Dome

    4.6
    13.88 mi / 4800 ft gain
    First things first. You will need to get a wilderness pass by entering the lottery for Half Dome access. If you don't get a pass via lottery just go to the Yosemite Valley visitor center, tell the clerk you are backpacking to Little Yosemite Valley and that you would like to hike up Half Dome. Th...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails

    36.06 mi / 9045 ft gain
    Merced Lake to Half Dome Loop via John Muir, Pack and Cloud Rest Trails is a loop trail offering scenic lake and waterfall views loceated in Yosemite National Park, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Mirror Lake, Snow Creek, and Upper Yosemite Falls Loop

    16.34 mi / 4987 ft gain
    Mirror Lake, Snow Creek, and Upper Yosemite Falls Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Thru-Hike the John Muir Trail

    5.0
    203.17 mi / 44944 ft gain
    To thru hike the JMT is probably one of the sickest trips to do! It's not a heavy commitment like the PCT or AT but it's also no week long vacation from work, backpacking the woods of your local forests either. There's a sweet spot in thru hiking and I believe this trail gives the full taste. You...
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  • 37.739698,-119.564018

    Snow Creek Trail

    5.0
    20.43 mi / 2700 ft gain
    This is truly a beautiful hike. Although it’s not the easiest, you are rewarded by the views. From the Mirror Lake trailhead (shuttle stop #17), it is 0.9 miles to the Snow Creek trailhead and 1.7 miles to the Snow Creek overlook where you can camp in close proximity. Once you reach the top, you...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Happy Isles to Cloud's Rest Loop

    21.3 mi / 6178 ft gain
    Happy Isles to Cloud's Rest Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • YOSEMITE NATIONAL PARK, California

    Backpack to Clouds Rest from Glacier Point

    4.0
    24 mi / 6000 ft gain
    Start from Glacier Point around 7,200 feet leaving on the Panoramic Trail. Head down 2 miles to Illilouette Falls (5,800 feet). Once you cross the bridge at Illilouette Falls you go up Panorama Point and head back down to Nevada Falls (5,971 feet). Once you reach Nevada Falls fill up on as much w...
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Panorama Trail to Little Yosemite Valley

    21.64 mi / 3773 ft gain
    Panorama Trail to Little Yosemite Valley is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Pohono Trail Glacier Point to Inspiration Point

    12.13 mi / 1988 ft gain
    Pohono Trail Glacier Point to Inspiration Point is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Mariposa County, California

    Merced Lake Loop Trail

    33.31 mi / 5932 ft gain
    Merced Lake Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    Happy Isles, Vernal Falls, Half Dome, Tenaya Lake, and Mirror Lakes Loop

    31.12 mi / 9108 ft gain
    Happy Isles, Vernal Falls, Half Dome, Tenaya Lake, and Mirror Lakes Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Yosemite Valley, California.
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  • 37.732842,-119.557782

    Panorama Trail

    4.8
    16.87 mi / 3200 ft gain
    The Panorama Trail is an outstanding hike that takes you from the Yosemite Valley floor up to Glacier Point. Or you can hike it downhill going from Glacier Point to Yosemite Valley. You can camp and make it an overnight trip or do it as a day trip by leaving a car at one end and taking a park sh...
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  • Yosemite Valley, California

    El Capitan Trail

    5.0
    14.68 mi / 5052 ft gain
    Start on the Yosemite Falls trailhead and work your way up. Yosemite Falls can be anywhere from a huge flow to a slow trickle depending on the time of year. Hiking boots are absolutely necessary and hiking poles are a huge benefit. Say hello to rock climbers at the top as they finish their El Cap...
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