Guests staying at the High Sierra Camps for their entire stay do not need a wilderness permit. If any part of your stay involves independent camping, you will need to purchase a wilderness permit from NPS.
Check in for unguided hikes is between 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the High Sierra Camp Store. If you arrive after dinner at 6:30 pm, we may not be able to provide a meal for you. Check out is by 9:00 am.
If you are on a ranger-guided or saddle trip, you will check in at the Tuolumne Meadows Lodge front desk in person the evening before your trip departs. On the night before departure, the Ranger Naturalist will present a talk at the Lodge and confirm the start time for the hike the next morning.
Because of the High Camps elevations, we recommend an overnight stay at Tuolumne Meadows Lodge or White Wolf, however this is not required.
Check-in is at 4:00 pm
Your unguided reservation includes your sleeping space in the tent, access to restrooms and showers (when available), dinner each night, and breakfast each morning. Guided reservations include everything above, with the addition of your guide or mule service, and lunch every day from the first day of your hike to the last day of your hike. Meals at Tuolumne or additional lodging dates are not included in your reservation. Lunch is not provided from Tuolumne to the first camp.
Cancellations or changes more than 30 days in advance of scheduled arrival, we will provide full refund minus $10 service charge per person. Cancellations or changes made 14 to 30 days in advance of scheduled arrival, 70% refund will be issued. Any cancellations or changes made less than 14 days in advance of scheduled arrival will forfeit the reservation value.
Yes, please let us know of the change so we can update the new guests information.
Parking is available at the Tuolumne Meadows Dog Lake Parking Lot. If you are departing from Tuolumne Stables, guests can park on the side of the road between Lambert Dome and the stables. There are also various long-term hiker parking lots available free of charge, please follow posted signage. For more information about parking near your specific trailhead, you can visit the NPS website.
Lunches are available for purchase, we recommend reserving lunches the night before. Each of the five camps accepts cash or credit card.
Breakfast is served at 7:30 am, dinner is served at 6:30 pm. Lunch orders may be placed at dinner the night before and picked up at breakfast the following morning, no later than 9:00 am. All meals are set menus, served family style in one of our dining tents. Because it is family style, everyone sits at the beginning of the meals until they're done. If guests are late they may miss part of the meal. We plan on everyone being at the meal and have limited ability to hold food at the required temperature.
|Breakfast - 7:30 AM
(Sample menu only)
Hot and cold cereal
|Sack Lunch - Pick up by 9:00 am
(Sample Menu only)
Fresh fruit, one piece
|Dinner - 6:30 pm
(Sample menu only)
Soup and salad
Dessert (one serving) - chef's choice
We make every attempt to accommodate requests for dietary restrictions. Please advise the High Sierra Camp Reservation Staff of any restrictions no less than 14 days prior to the start of your trip. Requests made within 14 days of arrival may not be accommodated. Please note that our facility cannot be completely sterilized to prevent the presence of gluten. Although we are very careful to follow the local food codes, other gluten products are being prepared in the same kitchen.
Example of Gluten-Free Meal:
- Tossed green salad
- Vegetable bean soup
- Broccoli and cauliflower
- Potatoes or rice
- The entree (protein) prepared without gluten
- Fresh fruit with hand-crafted whipped cream
Example of Vegetarian Meal:
- Vegetarian Lasagna
- Asian noodles
- Vegetarian enchiladas
Food Allergy Form
If you or anyone in your group has food allergies or dietary restrictions please submit form below.
Shared bear-proof food storage lockers are available at all High Sierra Camps for your use. Freezer and refrigerator space is not available for guest use.
Purified water is available at each camp. It is important that you do not drink unfiltered water from streams or lakes along the trail. The average person will need up to a gallon of water each day.
All high Sierra Camp lodging consists of a canvas tent cabin with dormitory-style steel frame beds. Wood-burning stoves can heat tent cabins at all camps except Merced Lake. Tents sleep up to four guests and are often co-ed and include a bed with mattress, pillow, and three woolen blankets or comforters. It is recommended to bring a sleeping bad rated to at least 40 degrees Fahrenheit as it can still get very cold overnight and there can be frost or even snow in the early morning. Guests must bring their own sleeping bags, sheets, and towels.
It is required to bring a sleeping bag or liner for your stay.
Beds are equipped with 3 woolen blankets and a comforter however, we recommend bringing a light (40 degree Fahrenheit) sleeping bag, one made specifically for hiking should weigh in at less than three pounds. A cold night would average around 30F degrees and a warm night around 50F.
There is no electricity at any of the camps. It is recommended to purchase a solar charger if you will need to charge your devices, or a portable charger that can store multiple charges.
Cell phone service is very spotty at best, it is not recommended to rely on a cell phone for communications
Walkie talkies will usually work within line of site range, depending on the quality of the device itself. They may be useful for a group, but should not be relied upon as a form of communication.
Restroom facilities are available at all camps. Shower facilities are available for registered campers only at May Lake, Sunrise, and Merced Lake, based on water supply. Wash basins for laundry are available at May Lake and Merced Lake.
Guests going on saddle trips are limited to bringing 225 pounds of gear with them -- which includes their body weight and all items carried.
Please see hour Trip Preparation page for details regarding packing lists/what to bring, tips and packing services.
Your trip to the High Sierra Camps will take you into Yosemite Wilderness; depending on the severity of the injury the stables can be sent to help with basic first-aid injuries. Injuries beyond that will be attended by National Park Service Search and Rescue Team.
Guest concerns about any medical conditions prior to their hike or saddle trips need to contact their doctor.
Hiking can be strenuous in Yosemite's backcountry. The lowest camp is Merced Lake and its elevation sits at roughly 7300' feet above sea level. The highest camp is Vogelsang at approximately 10,200 feet above sea level. While we certainly provide a comfortable experience in camp, the hiking between camps changes in elevation and can be difficult for people who haven't prepared properly.
Guests are encouraged to prepare for their hike by going for a walk 4 to 5 times a week in the weeks leading up to their trips. The trails are clearly marked, but there are rocks and steps to navigate and the distances are 6-10 miles between camps. The views along the trails are beautiful and inspiring, but you really can't over-prepare. Hiking uphill is a challenge even after doing it regularly!