You've read the other reviews, so I won't go into much detail on the basics. The food is great and plentiful. The tents are dry and the beds/ cots are pretty comfortable. Remember to bring along a VERY lightweight bag, or what I have, a sleeping bag insert / liner. The folks who tend the camps have always been really friendly. And you'll make new and interesting friends at meal time and around the campfire. This year, I just stayed at Glen Aulin, for $169 if I recall correctly. In past years, I've done other camps. Some have showers; some, like Glen Aulin, do not. And I've stayed in the nearby backpack camps. So here's the point of my review. You can do these hikes and see the same scenery by simply carrying your own tent, bag, food, utensils, toilet paper, and water filter, etc. And if you are in shape, like to sleep on the ground, on a budget, and everyone in your party feels the same way, backpacking is a great idea. But if some of the people in your party do NOT want to carry 30 pounds, sleep on the ground, find ways to keep the bears from your food, and poop in the woods, I'd recommend looking at the HSC. I've probably stayed at the HSCs 7 or 8 times, and I have never heard anyone say anything close to: "I'll never do this again", or "This is too expensive". Instead, I've seen how these camps bring together generations who otherwise would not have experienced the high sierra together. What's that worth to ya? And if you're a photographer, you can carry all the gear you want, instead of your backpacking gear. Lastly, if you don't make the lottery, you might be surprised how available the camps are on a last-minute basis. But if you have a large party, the lottery is the way to go.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Yosemite High Sierra Camps have been a popular destination in Yosemite National Park since they were first established. Because of the demand, we’ve created a lottery system for reservations. Applications are accepted in September and October for the following year. We email winners in the spring. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Yosemite High Sierra Camps Hotel Yosemite National Park