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JOURNAL : May 17, 2009

Camping at Hodgdon Meadow

California > United States

Series Camping at Hodgdon Meadow

Hodgdon Meadow is halfway between Yosemite Valley and Hetch Hetchy Valley, but we chose to stay here because it is one of the few campgrounds open in mid-May. Hodgdon also requires reservations which can be made online here. Other camp sites in Yosemite are often first-come-first-serve and a spot is not guaranteed as visitors swarm in the spring.

The forest in which Hodgdon Meadow Campground resides.

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Hodgdon Meadow Campground

Camp sites and facilities at Hodgdon Meadow. The sites were fairly close together and lacked privacy. The forest area was a tad on the boring side but the namesake Hodgdon Meadow is a short walk away. This campground has the distinction of being open all year while the choice locations are only open during Summer.

Hodgdon Meadow CampgroundView All Sizes

Foresta is a community just outside Yosemite Valley near El Portal.

Foresta, near the ValleyView All Sizes

A Great Place to Start

Generally Hodgdon Meadow Campground doesn't get the best reviews because it is rather plain, the sites are close together and offer little privacy, and face it — Hodgdon Meadow is far away from everything! True, it is indeed a “no-frills" experience. But it seems to be fairly equidistant to major locations. Tioga Pass Road starts halfway down to Yosemite Valley, Hetch Hetchy is a half-hour north on some beautiful country roads, and the campground is strategically positioned at the westernmost entrance to the park. Coming from San Francisco and all points west it's the first camping ground you hit. The countryside around is quite lovely and green. The roads are well-maintained too. And most everything is within an hour or so of driving. The campground is quite utilitarian and capable of hosting large groups and events.

This huge pine tree was rotted out and toppled at some point, walloping several trees along the way as it crashed to the forest floor.

Huge Rotted Tree TrunkView All Sizes

We poked around in the peaceful forest the campground resides in. This huge tree had apparently rotted out inside and collapsed, walloping several other trees in its path. Musta made one hell of a noise!

Yosemite Falls from Glacier Point.

Yosemite Falls

Other Destinations

The eponymous meadow is just south of the campgrounds but we never got quite that far. Rather, we unpacked the motorcycle and headed north to Hetch Hetchy one day and south to Glacier Point the next.

The wreckage of the upper trunk of a huge tree that toppled and clobbered several other trees in its path.

The Tree’s Fallen WreckageView All Sizes

Brown Bears near Hodgdon Meadow Campground.

Brown Bears near Hodgdon MeadowView All Sizes

The Base of the Fallen Tree

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Camping at Hodgdon Meadow

May 17, 2009

California > United States

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