In the past month, I visited both Vogelsang and Glen Aulin high sierra camps of Yosemite. There are 7 camps, May Lake, Sunrise, Merced Lake and Tuolumne Meadows too, but I've only done 2 of them, I did Glen Aulin once before 4 years ago.
The locations of the camps are amazing, I highly recommend this way to see the uncrowded natural beauty of the back country without the heavy load. To string multiple camps together into a hiking trip, you have to enter a lottery, they are very popular. Or you can just go for 2 or 3 nights at a single (or two) camps, and get a more full experience at each location.
I prefer to spend 2 or 3 nights at a single camp, and really take it all in and do day hikes on my layover days, instead of a marathon hiking trip. With bed and bedding and 2 meals a day, you only have to carry a day pack, it is perfect for non-backpacker hiking loving folks like me.
The staff really varies from camp to camp, some have virtually no knowledge of Yosemite and the Sierra and are unable to answer the simplest questions. A few I've encountered are a fount of knowledge, and friendly. But many are rather stand offish, seeming to consider themselves too special to be bothered to interact with their guests. A higher standard of professionalism and knowledge throughout the camps would improve the service a lot. The park concessionaire runs the camps and seems only to care about making money by filling beds, not actually representing the Yosemite back country well.
- 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