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“Winter camping at its best” 5 of 5 stars
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Camp 4
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Northside Drive, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA   |  
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San Francisco, California
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“Winter camping at its best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2013

I like camping in cold weather and was at Camp Four this past Christmas. A snow storm blew through as soon as we set up camp but we only got about 3-4 inches in the following 18 hours. This was my first experience at Camp Four, but I discovered it is a great place to winter camp.

- The bathroom was semi-heated
- The sink water was luke warm (rather than frigid cold like most other taps)
- Camp Four gets much more sun than Upper Pines (the other open campground on the Valley floor) and so is warmer during the day
- No reservations (perhaps a con in the summer)... and not needed in winter...only 4 other tents around!
- Just a few minutes walk to Yosemite Lodge for supplies or hot meal if you need
- Cheaper than Upper Pines if fewer than 4 people

- You have to park in a parking lot and walk in (distance depends on which site you choose)
- No individual sites - you'd have to share grill and space when it gets crowded

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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    3 of 5 stars
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    3.5 of 5 stars
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    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2011 via mobile

Note: this is now called Camp 4 campground

Located right in the valley, a 5 minute walk to Yosemite Lodge, 15 minutes to Lower Yosemite Falls, across the street from a shuttle stop and at the beginning of trail to Upper Yosemite Falls. Predominantly serves as a staging point for serious hikers and rock climbers, it is a walk in campground with space for 210 people (35 campsites, each campsite is for 6 people, expect to share a campsite with others!)

My wife and I camped here for 4 nights with our two young daughters, our primary goal was securing a space without a reservation that allowed us to easily access the valley. Camp 4 was perfect. If you are camping during the tourist season, make sure you are in line before 7 am and expecte to wait for at least 2 hours to get your spce. If traveling with a large group and you want to all be located next to each other, make sure you get there even earlier and get one of the first spots available.

The campground itself is fine, running water, flush toilets, fire pits. Because the campground is predominantly used by hikers and climbers, most people staying at the campground are either solo or two people. We stayed for 4 nights, over the course of the 4 nights we shared for two nights each with two different groups of two. Only drawback is that cars must be parked in the general lot for the campground, so all equipment and baggage must be carriers to the site, which deeding on the site can be a bit of a walk. Major pluses are that it is located in the middle of the valley, reservations are not required (not even accepted), and it is tent only camping! Will definitely use again in th future.

  • Stayed June 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Address: Northside Drive, Yosemite Valley, Yosemite National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Yosemite National Park
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Ranked #13 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Yosemite National Park
Number of rooms: 35

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