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Kelty Meadow Campground, Sierra National Forest, Near (?!) Yosemite

Check out the in-campground wildlife!

Good (we’re talking about the campground here):

  • Only nine campsites.
  • Pretty Good Privacy (although, honestly, encryption was lacking)
  • A lot of shade and trees.
  • Near at least one fun, short hike.

Bad (also the campground):

  • No dog fights (I should probably do a write-up on my Big Sur campground…).
  • No cops coming after drunks from Fontana.
  • So much shade that my solar hot water heater had no chance.
  • NOT VERY CLOSE TO YOSEMITE!!! — problematic in that I chose the site due to its (apparent) proximity to the park. Bad call. Hour and forty-five to the valley, including a half-hour drive to get to the campsite from Hwy. 49, a four-wheeled slog that I’ll be having nightmares about for weeks.

I probably won’t have nightmares about the drive. But it was a pain, especially when the sun was setting and therefore in your eyes. And the campground is way too far away from Yosemite to use it as a homebase for a park visit. It’d be a good place to stay if you’re from the Bay Area or something and just want an overnighter in a woodsy place near an easy hike, though. Which doesn’t describe my use of it: ah well.


  1. pamalama
    July 22nd, 2009 at 11:04 | #1

    Can’t see the pic

  2. July 22nd, 2009 at 14:52 | #2

    LOL — silly. You can’t see YouTube videos from work…! 😉 But just think how much better it will be when you see it from home after hours and hours of anticipation.

  3. Nicole
    August 26th, 2009 at 08:36 | #3

    I am looking to climb half dome in September, and don’t think I’ll be able to get to Yosemite in time to get a first come, first serve site. I was thinking of reserving a site here, because it seems like it was a close choice, however this is making me think twice. Do you have any suggestions of other places to stay that would make it easier to get to Yosemite at 5 am without a hefty drive?

  4. August 26th, 2009 at 19:40 | #4

    Depending on how early you get there, the ranger stations in the park do a good job of pointing you to a campground with some open space. That’s what I’d have done if I had any idea what I was doing. But if you’re going to be too late for that — I think there’s a hotel in the valley and it might be better to pay for that then wake up at 2:45.

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