Reservations for Lodging and Campgrounds
Start planning now! Campgrounds and lodges fill up early.
Why do you need a reservation? Summer is very busy in Yosemite, even in the campgrounds. Several are availble on a first come, first served basis, but most can be reserved.
Reservations for hotels/motels in Yosemite can be made 12 months in advance.
Curry Village has tent cabins, with wood floor, canvas walls and roof, and marginally comfortable beds. They share a very nice restroom and shower building. Small wood cabins are also available, and also traditional motel rooms. There are shops and restaurants conveniently located in the Curry Village area. Curry Village is within a half mile of the Happy Isles Trailhead.
Also in Yosemite Valley is the Yosemite Lodge with nice motel rooms, moderatedly priced, and has a nice cafeteria style dining area. The shuttle bus will take you from here to the trailhead, as well as to other locations in the Valley.
For a real treat, stay at the spectacular Ahwanee Hotel. At the very least, try to have a meal there. You'll need a reservation, and some nice clothes for dinner, but you can have breakfast in your hiking clothes.
If you want to get off the trail for a night in Tuolomne Meadows, consider staying in a tent cabin at Tuolomne Meadows Lodge. There are showers, and a wonderful restaurant. Even if you are staying in the backpackers camp at Tuolomne you MAY be able to get a hot shower. When we were there in Aug 2007 it was only available to lodge guests, but other times we have been able to use it.
There are quite a few hotels right outside the park entrances.
A gem along the Eastern Sierra is Mt. Williamson Motel, in Independence, run by Henrietta and Paul Kenn. Not only are the rooms impeccably clean, Henrietta and Paul provide a complete, delicious breakfast. Also, for a fee, you can arrange for transportation to and from nearby trailheads. We did this when our friends came over Kearsarge Pass-since we would be less than a week from getting off the trail, they left a car for us at the motel, and we called Paul when we got to Whitney Portal. It was a wonderful way to end the hike. www.mtwilliamsonmotel.com
This just in from a fellow JMT hiker, JH. There is a hostel in Lone Pine which is affiliated with the Whitney Portal Store. According to John, they can arrange a shuttle service. They also offer showers-Hooray! Looks comfy! Whitney Portal Hostel, Lone Pine, CA
Campgrounds are run by the various agencies, like Yosemite National Park, Inyo National Forest. Most can be reserved through http://www.recreation.gov/. Of course many are no reservations, just first come, first gets the campsite. Check for the campground near the trailhead you wish to enter, and plan accordingly. If you can get a reservation, do so.
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