Yosemite National Park - Escape Trailer Owners Community

Go Back   Escape Trailer Owners Community > Camping | Places, Gear and Planning > Trips and Travel Planning
Click Here to Login
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 03-03-2019, 12:15 PM   #1
Member
 
lilkuma's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2017
Location: Delta, British Columbia
Trailer: 2018 17B / 2010 GMC Sierra
Posts: 54
Yosemite National Park

We are planning to visit Yosemite National Park from Vancouver BC and were wondering about camp sites, places to visit along the way. Any tips suggestions about anything would be appreciated.

Thanks. Scott
__________________

lilkuma is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 01:00 PM   #2
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 18,773
Try to visit when there is a full moon, the rangers do a show "in the valley" then.
__________________

__________________
Jim
Never in doubt, often wrong.....
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 01:08 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
John in Santa Cruz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Posts: 1,322
on summer weekends, mid june through August, there is an astronomy program at Glacier Point, ideally do this between the first quarter and a few days after the new moon, when the evening sky is properly dark.

campsites IN the park are hard to get now days, they book up the day they go on sale. campgrounds outside the park are a long ways from everything.
__________________
2014 Escape 21 (home away from home)
2002 Ford F250 7.3 Diesel 4x4 (tug)
1993 Mercedes 300CE Cabriolet (daily driver)
2006 Yellow Lab (Maggie... RIP Feb 2019 )
John in Santa Cruz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 02:13 PM   #4
Senior Member
 
Upfisk's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2018
Location: Yarnell, Arizona
Trailer: Escape 19' Oct '18 towed by 2008 Jeep GC diesel, 1980 Tayana Vancouver 42, sold Jan 2019
Posts: 209
Send a message via Skype™ to Upfisk
We were trying to join a family reunion on June 23-30. Thought the 24-28 would work for us. Got on line at 7 am Feb 15 as the June sites were open for reservations, and all the trailer sites were gone in 3 minutes! We might try for an Oct trip, kids back in school, summer vacation over, not too cool yet. But be ready to be disappointed if you really want a spot.
__________________
Myrl and Gary
Upfisk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 02:27 PM   #5
Site Team
 
cpaharley2008's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Chilliwack, British Columbia
Trailer: Escape#4, 2019 Escape21 DejaView pulled by 2014 Ram Hemi/8sp
Posts: 18,773
We stayed in Mariposa, outside the park and did daily trips from the KOA in Mariposa. Gas was over $5/gal back 12 years ago near the park and a beer and glass wine cost us $20, very expensive area.
__________________
Jim
Never in doubt, often wrong.....
cpaharley2008 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 02:57 PM   #6
Senior Member
 
John in Santa Cruz's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2017
Location: Santa Cruz, California
Trailer: 2014 Escape 21
Posts: 1,322
The Evergreen Lodge is a nice place to stay.... its just north of the North Entrance to the park, a privately run historic lodge. I think they have some trailer-friendly campsites, in addition to their cabins.... hmm, no, they have some platform tents, already setup, no trailers, ok, never mind. and no cooking in camp due to the bears.
__________________
2014 Escape 21 (home away from home)
2002 Ford F250 7.3 Diesel 4x4 (tug)
1993 Mercedes 300CE Cabriolet (daily driver)
2006 Yellow Lab (Maggie... RIP Feb 2019 )
John in Santa Cruz is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 03:33 PM   #7
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: Milpitas, California
Trailer: 2017 19'
Posts: 327
Yosemite NP campsites (in park) are really hard to get, they released a block every 15th of the month so you need to plan for that. There are a couple campgrounds along high elevations 120 (inside the park) that are first come first serve but you will have to go there early to get a spot. There are also some NF campgrounds right outside the park along 120 on the western side of the park and also on the east side towards mono lake/Lee vining , all of those are first come first serve but will be occupied well before the weekend. This year we have a good amount of snow so 120 Tioga pass might open late too.

If you camped outside and try to get into the park on a weekend/holiday expect to get stuck in park entrance traffic for 1-2 hours at least.. plan to get in early for sure.

By the way, the Maricopa KOA has either gone independent or is no longer in business, I suspect the former but not sure.
caddoster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 08:45 PM   #8
Bea
Senior Member
 
Bea's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2018
Location: Northern California, California
Trailer: 2019 Escape 21
Posts: 118
Just a friendly reminder that a few of our NorCal campgrounds may still be full due to 'extended stay' RVers who have lost their homes from our CA fires. Also, one of our favorite little campground (near Yosemite) is now located in the middle of a 'burnt area'. So you may want to plan or even call ahead when making your plans. On your journey down or up we recommend spending some time in and around Lassen National Park, near Redding. Lots of hiking trails (various levels) with gorgeous beautiful views in Lassen. There are a couple campgrounds inside the park but we usually stay in one of the private RV parks just outside the entrance, in the Hat Creek area. As for Yosemite, we recommend seeing: Sentinel Dome, Glacier Point, Mariposa Grove, Yosemite Falls, and Happy Isles. Happy trails!!
Bea is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 09:43 PM   #9
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2013
Location: SLO County, California
Trailer: 2014 21
Posts: 3,301
There is some good boondocking behind Tenaya Lodge, fyi. Have done it twice and is pretty cool. Guests from the Lodge walk back to the equestrian facility at the end of the road. It is 34 miles to the Valley.
__________________
"We gotta get as far away as we can!"
- Russell Casse, Independence Day
Rossue is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 03-03-2019, 10:06 PM   #10
Senior Member
 
h2owmn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2017
Location: Placerville, California
Trailer: 2018 Escape 17A double dinette
Posts: 738
Lake Tahoe is beautiful. There are various public and private campgrounds all around the lake. Maybe by August some of the (so far) 300 inches of snow at squaw valley will be melted. The small town of Coloma in Hwy 49 is the site of sutter’s mill (a state park) where the first gold discovery resulted in the population boom and eventual statehood for California. The American River flows through there and many rafting companies offer full or half day trips on class 3 whitewater.

Tahoe and Lassen (someone mentioned above) can be quite cold at night even in high summer so check on that and pack accordingly.
__________________

__________________
--Time and trouble will tame an advanced young woman, but an advanced older woman is uncontrollable by any earthly force. --Dorothy Sayers
h2owmn is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off






» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by

Disclaimer:

This website is not affiliated with or endorsed by Escape Trailer Industries or any of its affiliates. This is an independent, unofficial site.



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:45 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
Copyright 2012 Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.