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Old 06-23-2009, 01:46 AM   #1
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Question Where to camp Yosemite & Mt. Shasta, CA

Does anyone have any feedback on good campgrounds to stay at near Yosemite & Lake Shasta, CA? Or any info on ones to stay away from? I'm trying to plan a summer trip and need feedback.

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Old 06-23-2009, 02:21 AM   #2
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Yosemite area camping

A nice campground just outside the south Yosemite entrance is Summerdale National Forest campground. You can learn about it and many more Yosemite possibilities here: Camping near Yosemite National Park

I strongly recommend Nelder Grove in the Sierra National Forest, just south of Yosemite. Camping near Yosemite National Park However, if you are towing a rig longer than 25' I wouldn't recommend trying to get in.

Make sure to get gas in Oakhurst before entering Yosemite. It's scarce and expensive in the park. Try the Von's gas outlet - big discount with a Von's card.

You should be sure to visit the Mariposa Grove of Giant Redwoods in Yosemite.

Have fun!
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The Mt. Shasta KOA is in the town of MT. Shasta. Nice place good folks.
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Old 06-23-2009, 03:45 AM   #4
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I forgot to mention that we would like full hook-ups and that we have a 31ft AS w/19ft TV.

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We visited both Yosemite and Mount Shasta about four weeks ago.

At Yosemite, we stayed at Yosemite Pines RV Resort (20450 Old Highway 120, Groveland, CA 95321, 209-962-7690) for 3 nights. It is a well kept campground with all the amenities, including a petting zoo. We enjoyed our stay there. The only complaint that we had was that it was very dusty.

We were kind of disappointed with Yosemite NP. We liked Sequoia NP much better.

We also visited Mount Shasta right after Yosemite. We camped at the Mount Shasta KOA (900 N. Mt. Shasta Blvd, My. Shasta, CA 96067, 530-926-4029). It's a very nice campground with 5 point hook-ups. It is also very convenient to the town of Mount Shasta and to the mountain, itself.

I noticed that you are in San Dimas. Right before heading to Yosimite, we were camped at Evergreen RV Park in San Dimas, visiting my cousin in Covina.

The photo below is our site at Yosimite Pines (site C-59).

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Small world

Moosetags/Brian:

Wow, you were right in our backyard, so to speak

Thanks for the tips. A dusty campground doesn't sound very appealing.

Shasta sounds like a great stop to make. We've been to Sequoia already.

You came a long way from FL. How long of a trip did you take?

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And we had the worst experience ever at Yosemite pines campground... It really just depends on the time of the year (100*F weather) and the pool was closed and very green we might add. Im glad Brain had a good experience there but I will never go back. The choices are limited in the yosemite area if you want hookups.

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Midpines KOA

We stayed overnight at he KOA in Midpines last summer. It is on Highway 140 on the road that takes you into Yosemite Valley from Merced. It is close to Mariposa, a cute town that is on Highway 49 which runs through the Gold Rush area of California. I think Mariposa is the Southern most town of that side trip. Getting back to the KOA, they especially cater to poeple going into Yosemite Valley. It is a nice wooded facility with a small store. It was very clean (as clean as it could be parking on gravel) and the people there were nice.

I assume that it is Yosemite Valley that you are concerned with. If you or anybody else who reads this is interested in more adventure, after a trip to Yosemite Valley you can come out and then take Highway 140 over the top of Tioga Pass (9945') that goes through Tuolumne (two-wal-o-me) Meadows and comes out in Lee Vining on Highway 395. The Eastern Sierra is gorgeous. Right at Lee Vining is where Mono Lake is. There is a very nice facility there called Mono Vista RV park. Very well run. I recommend it. Finally on Highway 120 just about a block West of Highway 395 is the Mobil Gas Station, where the Whoa Nellie Deli is located. Dinner is something you wouldn't believe.

BTW make sure your brakes are in good working condition for Tioga.

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All these posts are great! Please keep them coming. We also would like a route that is not too twisty/curvy or just a 2 lane road with sheer drop-offs. I get nervous and drive my hubby crazy with my panicking.

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Moosetags/Brian:

Wow, you were right in our backyard, so to speak

Thanks for the tips. A dusty campground doesn't sound very appealing.

Shasta sounds like a great stop to make. We've been to Sequoia already.

You came a long way from FL. How long of a trip did you take?

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We were out in Lucy for 51 days and covered 10,000 miles and 19 states.

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I second the motion for Lee Vining and Mono Lake. It is a beautiful drive over Tioga Pass. From the cg, you can daytrip back to Yosemite, enjoy the sights and fragrant aromas of Mono Lake, and be sure to visit the CA state park at Bowie - a huge ghost town that looks like the folks just left. But don't take your trailer - long rough dirt road.

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Is it feasible to camp at the south end and still see the whole park? I'm worried that the west side roads are going to be very winding and 2 lane. I know I'm too paranoid

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Check Hwy 140 for length restrictions

Mary: I see you have a 31' A/S. Last summer when we drove on Hwy 140 (which comes through the Merced River Canyon, there was a spot where CalTrans was working on the road. They had two temporary bridges in and there was a very tight turn at the end of one of them. You would think that they would be finished with that project, however something tells me that it was going to take a long time. If you are going to use a campground closer to Yosemite Valley (I don't know if there is one up that road besides the campgrounds run by the National Park Service in the Valley), I would strongly urge you to call the CHP 800 line for road conditons. There was no problem for us (19' Bambi).

BTW the road that comes in from the South (Hwy 41) runs through Fresno and Oakhurst, climbs up to about 5000', goes through Wawona and finally you drive through the long tunnel that as soon as you come out of it, you get The WOW View of Yosemite Valley. (You know, postcards).

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Does anyone have an opinion on the KOA in Coarsegold?
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