Camping in Yosemite on Memorial Weekend had me nervous. I selected Lower Pines because I wanted a small campground than some of the others available in the park. I did my research and had an idea of what camp site I wanted in particular. I sat at the computer the day the reservations for that period went live and was lucky enough to get the site I had selected (site 71). It was a great site. We backed up to a patch of woods which bordered the meadow so no one behind us but deer and birds. The site was large enough to have friends of our pitch their tent (we had a pop up camper) and still have room to move around and park two vehicles. I didn't feel like we were on top of neighbors, but the sites along that outer loop definitely had more room. None of the sites have any hook ups. The river was just a short walk across the camp ground so it was fun to hear that throughout our stay. In one direction we could see Yosemite Falls and to the other we had a good view of Half Dome. The camp ground was full, but it was quiet. Each site comes with a bear box which was large enough to fit a large cooler and two smaller coolers, plus all our other food and items. You have to put everything with a scent in the bear box including sun screen, soap, drinks, etc. So keep that in mind when you are packing. We ended up not being prepared for that and we had lots of little items just thrown in there and it was a very tight squeeze! The campground was located within a short walk to a shuttle stop which made it easy to get around. In four days there we only drove our truck once. There was a store and burger place within walking distance. The showers were over in that area too, but we did not use them. The bathrooms in the campground had sinks (cold water only), did not provide any soap or paper towels (assuming because of the bears). There was a sink in between the restrooms for potable water and a dump site for gray water, but there was no actual dump site in that camp ground. You had to go across the street to the Pines campground. There were also no spigots with in the campground other than that one by the bathrooms. I have seen some nasty camp ground bathrooms, but these were probably the worst. I don't know that they were ever cleaned in our time there. I realize it didn't help that it rained for two days and that it was the busiest time of year in the park, but they were really, really bad. We would definitely stay there again. When we looked around at the other camp grounds in the valley, Lower Pines was definitely one of the best. North Pines (across the river) seemed similar, but the other Pines campgrounds were very crowded. It was hard even walking through them because there was so much traffic.
- Also Known As:
- Lower Pines Campground Hotel Yosemite National Park