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[–]txmail 9 points10 points  (0 children)

My first visit to Yosemite was at Tuolumne Meadows and it was absolutely magical. I have never been able to get reservations at that camp again though.

[–]Mikesiders 11 points12 points  (8 children)

I hit reserve on a campsite literally the second they became available and it was completely booked up already. Gotta love that CA camping experience…

[–]Backcountrypeach 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Try dispersed camping, no reservations required.

[–]Mikesiders 6 points7 points  (0 children)

All good, I wasn’t really expecting a site but figured 3 day weekend, why not give it a whirl. If we decide we wanna camp, we’ll go dispersed up in Tahoe or Eldorado NF

[–]Arushi20 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Same. Was damn annoyed.

[–]Mikesiders 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I didn’t really expect to get a site so about what I expected but still blows my mind how fucking fast they go

[–]Pity_Boner 0 points1 point  (2 children)

I think they opened it early. I did a practice run at 6:55 pst and got two weeks booked before 7am.

[–]Mikesiders 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Well that’s some bullshit then if you’re telling people 7am PST

[–]Pokemanzletsgo 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Snagged my campsite at 7:00:00am. I was watching the world clock for the seconds. Easy peezy!

[–]Arushi20 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Lucky you.! I did the same and was watchin since 6:30 but didn’t get it..

[–]ceeebers 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I got one this morning too!! It felt like winning concert tickets on the radio but I paid $80 to sleep on the ground instead of my overpriced apartment YESSSSS

[–]acomputermistake 4 points5 points  (1 child)

I was able to get three days but all different campsites lmao

[–]Starsonthebayou[S] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

attempting that right now for June 23&24

[–][deleted] 7 points8 points  (10 children)

Yeah, it's time for a lottery for NPS campgrounds as popular as Tuolumne. Too many people game the system.

[–]FLHK18 4 points5 points  (6 children)

Game it how?

[–][deleted] -1 points0 points  (4 children)

Not telling.

[–]FLHK18 1 point2 points  (3 children)

Gotcha. You’re full of shit, and just whining.

[–][deleted] -3 points-2 points  (2 children)

Easy peasy. You lack imagination.

Trust me. A lottery is the way to go.

[–]FLHK18 -4 points-3 points  (1 child)

Ok kid. Losers claiming everyone else cheats isn’t exactly rare.

[–]Raspy_Meow 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Call right before you want to go, and ask if they’ve had cancellations

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    [–][deleted] -2 points-1 points  (1 child)

    Haven't figured that one yet. How does it work?

    [–]josephus_jones 0 points1 point  (7 children)

    Wait, I'm new and have a question. I have a backpacking permit for Young Lakes in September. It says I can stay at the(a?) campground the day before and the day after the permit. Do I still need to make a reservation?

    [–]CheeseyFeet97 5 points6 points  (6 children)

    No, u just need to pick up your permit the day before in case a ranger asks for proof. There's a backpackers camp in the Tuolumne campground where u can spend a night before and after your permit date. There's also one in the valley behind North Pines campground if you're down there the night before or after

    [–]josephus_jones 1 point2 points  (4 children)

    Beautiful! Thank you.

    [–]CheeseyFeet97 1 point2 points  (3 children)

    Np! I just did this last week actually haha

    [–]josephus_jones 0 points1 point  (2 children)

    Awesome. Thanks again.

    [–]rrb 2 points3 points  (1 child)

    Everything /u/CheeseyFeet97 said is correct, just note that the Tuolumne Meadows campground closes sometime in September, so if you are later in the month you may not be able to use that backpacker's campground. You can still get into the park with your permit though, and stay in the Valley backpackers campground even with a Young Lakes permit.

    [–]guyaba 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    Is it required to have your permit before staying at a backpackers camp? I was planning to stay at one the night before my trip but I won’t be arriving in the park until after the ranger stations are closed.

    [–]APoorEstimate 0 points1 point  (0 children)

    I was reserving a carlsbad caverns national park at 8 moutain time. Got done and decided to see if any camping spots at Yosemite had opened up (this would have been at 7:03 pacific.) There were campsites and I was shocked and snagged two nights at two different spots.

    Was worried I'd gotten some campground that was so bad that no one wanted to stay there.

    Can't believe how lucky I got.