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Overview of Lower Pines Campground

Lower Pines Campground is one of three campgrounds in the Yosemite Valley of Yosemite National Park. Known for its spectacular views and proximity to Merced River as well as iconic landmarks such as Half Dome and Yosemite Falls, Lower Pines provides campers with a memorable outdoor experience. It is a popular camping spot due to its central location and accessibility to trails and park features.

Campground Details

  • Location: The campground is situated on the eastern end of Yosemite Valley, near Curry Village and Mirror Lake.
  • Season: Typically open from March through October, depending on weather conditions.
  • Number of Sites: Lower Pines Campground offers around 60 camping spots.
  • Site Capacity: Each campsite allows up to 6 people and 2 vehicles.
  • RV Length: Some sites can accommodate RVs and trailers of various lengths, typically up to 35 feet for RVs and 24 feet for trailers.
  • Amenities: Campsites come with a picnic table, a fire ring with a grill, and a food storage locker. Flush toilets and drinking water are available throughout the campground. There are no shower facilities in the campground itself, but showers can be found nearby in Curry Village.
  • Accessibility: There are a few accessible campsites and restrooms for those with disabilities.

Booking a Campsite

  • Reservations: Required and can be made up to five months in advance. Due to high demand, sites often book up within minutes of becoming available.
  • Fees: The cost of a campsite per night typically ranges from $26 to $36, depending on the site type and season.
  • Cancellations: Be sure to understand the cancellation policy, as there are fees for cancellations and modifications.

Activities and Points of Interest

  • Hiking: Numerous trails, like the route to Mirror Lake or the Mist Trail leading to Vernal and Nevada Falls, start near the campground.
  • Sightseeing: Stunning views of Yosemite’s landmarks such as Half Dome and Yosemite Falls.
  • Fishing: The Merced River offers opportunities for fishing with proper licenses and adherence to regulations.
  • Rock Climbing: The nearby rock faces are world-renowned for climbing.

Wildlife and Safety

  • Bears: Yosemite is bear country, so proper food storage in the provided bear-proof lockers is critical to avoid attracting bears to your camping area.
  • Other Wildlife: Always maintain a safe distance from all wildlife and do not feed any wild animals.
  • Safety Precautions: Be aware of park rules and wilderness regulations, including fire safety and water treatment.

Additional Tips

  • Check Road Conditions: Especially important in early and late seasons when roads can be closed due to snow.
  • Pack for the Weather: Weather can change rapidly in Yosemite, especially in shoulder seasons.
  • Arrive Early: Due to its popularity, arriving earlier in the day is advantageous to secure your site.
  • Be Prepared: Bring all necessary supplies with you, as shopping options are limited within the park.
  • Leave No Trace: Follow the Leave No Trace principles to minimize your impact on the environment.

Planning ahead, making reservations early, and preparing for a range of conditions will help ensure that your camping trip to Lower Pines Campground in Yosemite is enjoyable and memorable.

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