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Would like to spend about 10 days between Yosemite, King’s Canyon, and Sequoia, including a little time on the E Sierra side.

Was thinking of 4 days at Tuolumne, it seems for mid July - mid August reservations I can reserve beginning February 15. But it looks like there are almost no sites big enough for a 28’ trailer. Any experience or comments about this location? We could try to stay down in the valley but honestly the valley is too crowded for me, we are here to hike the High Sierras and may even spend a night on the trail, leaving our trailer at the campground.

After boondocking at Tuolumne we’ll be ready for hookups outside of the other parks, while I loved Onion valley when I was young and in a tent I’m pretty sure that campground doesn’t handle trailers.

Any other location or suggestions or other tips for this trip?

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Tuolumne is very tight I remember camping there with a popup and we had a had time fitting in. The cg is littered with big boulders and very narrow roads. Our site was between two big rocks as I recall. Not really intended for RVs of any size. Too bad since the area is excellent for exploring.


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Tuolumne Meadows is for tent campers and wilderness hikers.

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The last time I was at Yosemite was 5 or 6 years ago on the motorcycle in the summer. I had the worst time ever. TOO MANY PEOPLE.
I will never go there in the busy time ever again.
I had a hard time even finding a small spot to park the motorcycle.

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ORbiker wrote:

The last time I was at Yosemite was 5 or 6 years ago on the motorcycle in the summer. I had the worst time ever. TOO MANY PEOPLE.
I will never go there in the busy time ever again.
I had a hard time even finding a small spot to park the motorcycle.

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The first time I seen Yosemite valley was in the dead of winter with hardly any people there in 1982. Went back the summer of 2003 I beleive and couldn't get out of there fast enough. Wall to wall people and traffic.

Another option would be to find a private campground to park the trailer and drive in and hike making a day trip out of it.

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Tuolumne Meadows Campground is not big rig friendly at all -- I'm not sure a 28 footer will fit there.

Going to the high country of Yosemite is a great idea -- amazing hiking, much cooler, less crowded than the Valley.

Maybe stay at Mono Vista RV in Lee Vining and commute to the high country up Tioga Road in your tow vehicle?? We have done that many times, when Tuolumne is full.

Maybe check out Saddlebag Lake Campground, a forest service facility at 10,000 feet -- I think it accommodates bigger trailers.

You mentioned boondocking -- there is no boondocking in Yosemite, and the nearest forest service boondocking for bigger rigs is off Highway 395 south of June Lake, near Obsidian Dome.


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Staying near Lee Vining and driving into the park in the tow vehicle isn’t ideal but with the crowds it is my preferred method. Leave for Yosemite early in the morning since the park entrance station on Tioga Road can get backed up.


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“Maybe check out Saddlebag Lake Campground, a forest service facility at 10,000 feet -- I think it accommodates bigger trailers.”

Great campground but be sure you can tolerate camping at that altitude. Dirt road from Tioga Road to campground is fairly good but pay attention. About four miles.

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If you are willing to stay in Lee Vining & drive in over Tioga Pass (and that is a great way to avoid the crowds) check out some of the campgrounds around June Lake. Everything from Forest Service to Resorts and great for visiting Mono Lake & the Bodie Ghost Town.


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Take a look at Tioga Lake campground just east of the park entrance, would make a good base camp.

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