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Buck Meadows , CALIFORNIA

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Most Recent Buck Meadows Camping Reviews
10/10

Been coming here for our annual family camping trip for years now and love this place. The staff is always friendly and willing help. Will be coming back in the future.

Amazing for larger vehicles only

Accessible via dirt bike road only. 2 miles of non-paved trail-like driving required. Would not recommend unless you have an off-road vehicle/truck

Quick Camping

Woodward is our family go to place to camp in the summer heat. Lots of campsites with room for tents or RVs. Fire pits and picnic tables at each site. Plenty of bathrooms, some with showers. Usually somewhat clean. Water feels good when it's 100+ degrees outside. Good prices. And you can bring your dogs.

Good hiking

I car camped just off the road,past the campground for 2 nights here. There was several rv in the campground. Verizon signal good.

Close to Yosemite

This is a great campground right outside of the north entrance to Yosemite. Super clean and there is a nice creek to hang out at within walking distance

Convenient Yosemite Campground

We drove in after a long day of hiking in Yosemite. This campground is right off of Hwy 120 and makes for a super convenient stop the night before or after visiting Yosemite.

At the time we visited (early Nov 2020) there were no water or trash removal services, but the infrastructure is there. Bathrooms were in poor shape, though I'm not sure if this is due it being the winter season.

Campsites were $16 and included a picnic table, campfire ring, and a bear box. There were plenty of spots within our campsite for three 2-person tents.

Nice dispersed camping

I stayed at a super campground on a forest road turn off. There were a couple of other spots taken, but it was off the beaten path and very quiet. I was able to watch the sunset from some rocks across the road. Very nice for a quiet night of solitude and hearing there wind through the trees while falling asleep.

Amazing

We backpacked to Rancheria camp and stayed for 2 nights.  It's about 6 miles from the trailhead, and an incredibly gorgeous hike.  It was pretty hot when we went, and a little hazy from wildfires, but still totally worth it.

The camping area itself is pretty big.  There were a few other groups camping while we were there, but we hardly knew they were there.  The river access was close by, so we could filter water.

We took a day hike to Tiltill valley, and it was so beautiful there.  Highly recommended.

There were a lot of bugs, so for the first time ever I used my bug net and was very thankful I had it on this trip.

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Close to Hetch Hetchy

We camped here for a night before heading to Hetch Hetchy to do some backpacking.  It's super close to the Hetch Hetchy entrance, so very convenient if you are trying to get an early start for backpacking.  We got in just before sunset on a Friday, and managed to get a walk up site. Campground was pretty full, but as expected in August.   Very clean campground.  The camp host had wood available for sale.  The most memorable part were COWS that had wandered near the campground.  We could hear their cowbells through the night, but not in an annoying way.

Overlooked but don't miss it

The Hetch Hetchy Reservoir isn't the most popular part of Yosemite, but it's a great spot. There are a few backpacking options on the north side of the reservoir, so choose the route that best suits you. Be prepared to climb, but water is abundant.