I stayed in Hodgdon Meadows Campground during October.
It is quite easy to access. It is literally right inside the gate on HWY 120. We arrived at about 2 oclock in the morning. The campground had left our information for us since we were arriving way after the ranger left for the night. Our campsite was easy to find....even in the pitch dark. We were on one of the back loop for tents only. So the area behind us was nothing but many, many trees.
Even though the campsites are close to one another, I still liked the grounds. It is covered in trees and has great atmosphere. It snowed the 2nd day we were there. This combined with the fact the weekend was over meant that alot of people left the campgrounds. So it was rather quite for the rest of our visit.
The bathrooms were clean and had ample supply of TP. However, there are no showers and no hot water. i did not ever see any camp hosts, so I can't comment on them. The ranger who manned the entry post was very pleasant and helpful with information on road closings and general info.
It is about a 45 minute drive to the other areas of the park... but this was expected. I am glad that i didn't stay in the valley, because it was rather crowded and noisy there. I would like to try to say up in Tuolemne meadows if I go back to the park. This was probably my favorite part of the park.
One note... be careful about your clothes! I have a tent that has 2 vestibules. We kept our
backpacks in them. One day i did not secure the top of my backpack. We dropped by the campgrounds for lunch and I noticed something white in the trees behind my tent... It was one of my thermal shirts!! One of the ground squirrels must have drug it about 30 feet before giving up! We made sure all of our packs were tightly closed afterwards. Oddly, every emphasis is put on Bear safety in regards to food and hygiene items... no bears for us.. Just lots of squirrels!
If you go and are car tenting... give this one a try... nice place!
- Also Known As:
- Hodgdon Meadow Campground Hotel Yosemite National Park