Kara S.
New York, NY
Joined October 2016
Beautiful Campground with a Lake!

Our group stayed in a tent campsite for one night in August 2016. We stayed in the bear loop site 8. We had a great view of the lake and mountains right from our site but we were quite far from the bathrooms (10 min walk). We actually noticed other campers in our loop driving to the bathrooms. Bathrooms were clean and stocked with toilet paper, no soap (like most campground bathrooms we visited).

We drove down to the beach which was the best part of this campground. Beautiful, clear water and you could walk out quite far because it wasn't very deep. Some of the beach is pretty rocky so sandals or beach shoes might be helpful.

There were lots of deer! Which was fun to see.

Our only issue is that the people staying in the sites on either side of us were a little…. rough. Lots of drinking and some obvious drug use, some loud fighting and noise in the evening, but overall friendly with us and they were relatively quiet overnight.

Good campground for Tuolumne exploring

Our group stayed at Crane Flat for one night in August 2016. While there isn't a lot of privacy from one site to the next the campsites themselves were quite spacious. Ours was close to the bathrooms which was nice for anyone getting up in the middle of the night. Bathrooms were well stocked with toilet paper although no soap (as with most national park campgrounds we visited). We got to the site pretty late but a map with our campsite was written on the entry booth, making it easy to find in the dark.

One of the best things about this campground is that it's right near the Crane Flat gas station so we were able to fill up on gas and get some snacks, supplies, and a couple souvenirs the next day. It's also very close to the Tuolumne Sequoia grove and the scenic highway that heads to Tuolumne Meadows.

Decent for last minute tent site near Yosemite

Our group stayed in a tent campsite for one night in August 2016. This was our first campsite for a 2 week national parks road trip.

My biggest gripe with this campground is that it is not stated anywhere on their site that you cannot park your car in your campsite. At least for us, we had to park down a hill and walk up to our site. We spent our entire evening and the next morning walking back and forth, back and forth, back and forth anytime we needed something from the car. Having the car in the site is so so much better and all the other campgrounds we stayed at were set up that way.

Additionally, the entire campground was incredibly dusty, more so than any other campground we stayed at during our trip. The bathrooms/showers were not very well maintained (quite dirty and dusty) although the stalls did all have toilet paper. It was also quite a walk from our tent site which was located in the back part of the campgrounds.

Staff were generally helpful and they have everything you'd need in their office/general store (ice, firewood, snacks, etc).

Overall, we were happy to have found a campground nearish Yosemite at the last min since most things book up really quickly inside the park, but I'm happy we didn't stay here more than one night.