Campground is walk in only. There is a common area for cooking and a designated area for camping. No fires allowed but beautiful views anywhere you look. Smith Rock is ideal for climbers of all levels and while I was visiting I saw many rock climbing guides as well. Bathroom facilities were very clean and they do have showers for campers. Lots of hiking trails and dogs are allowed, which is always a plus and necessity for me. Can't wait to return to this beautiful park.
This campground was great in so many ways. Lots of reservations were available in the days leading up to our trip. The campground we ended up reserving was very large and had great lake views. Not sure if it was the time of year we went or if it is always quiet but one night we had maybe 3 other campers in the campground. My one complaint would be the access to the lake is almost impossible. We brought our paddleboards with us but the water level was too low so the boat ramp was closed and the walk to the water was a lot further than we had anticipated. Despite that one obstacle, I would definitely stay here again. Also looks like it is a good place for fishing since I saw multiple people catching rather large fish all weekend.
The campground pros were its proximity to Clear Lake, the huge campsites, and it was not very crowded. We absolutely loved clear lake and it was great for paddleboarding,swimming, and fishing. We had hoped there would have been more shaded areas around the lake for our dogs to hang out but it was a bit of a walk back to the tree coverage.
Cons: Bathrooms were relatively clean but were some of the worst smelling bathrooms I've ever been in.
I absolutely loved this campground! It helped that we snagged one of the more secluded campsites. It sat next to a creek and to the left of our site was a trail so it felt like we didn't have neighbors. The campsite was huge also! The campground is a short drive from Yachats and Thor's well. About 40% of the campground is walk in only and sites go quickly!
Last minute I was able to reserve a campsite here this summer. The campground was not very big and our campsite was enclosed by bushes on either side which gave a sense of privacy. The bathrooms and showers were kept very clean and we had a water spout right at the end of our camp site. The campground was a short walk from many of the parks hikes. Unfortunately we could not take our dog to lots of the falls but we did the Ridgetrail and at least we were about to see 2 of them.
My husband and I stayed here for our honeymoon this past June. I had never been to Yellowstone but was very pleased with this campground. It was in great proximity to a beautiful lake and was very quiet. We did have to drive to a lot of the sites we wanted to see but that didn't bother us too much. We also got 1 shower each per person each day which was an added plus! Lots of wildlife nearby, we heard coyotes multiple nights as well as elk but luckily nothing came stomping through our campground.
We stayed at Tillicum Beach campground over Memorial day weekend. We ended up getting lucky and snagging a walk in RV spot. The campsite was large and had a wonderful view of the beach. The sound of the waves crashing at night was one of my favorite things about this campground. Having access to the beach was also a major plus. We will definitely be back!
Upper Pines Campground in the Yosemite Valley is my home away from home for one week every year.
Pros: Nice shady campgrounds Proximity to Curry Village Close to tons of great hikes Flushable toilets that are pretty clean Overall beautiful campground
Cons: Extremely difficult to get a reservation even if you go on the day it opens Has become more and more crowded every year
Regardless Upper Pines will always be a favorite campground in one of the kost beautiful places in CA.