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Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby InsaneBoost » Tue Jun 17, 2014 12:32 pm

Hey everyone,

I plan to do some camping in Yosemite, somewhere along the 120. Yosemite Creek, Tamarack Flat, etc. Usually those have some open campsites in the walk-ins from my girlfriends experience, and being up there this past weekend there were a ton of sites open in them.

My question is, being we're just going with a car, I plan to bring the Coleman Roadtrip Grill we have (being it's the only portable grill we have). While I have camped at Big Sur with no problem, and Marmot Rock, I'm a bit worried about the 120 area.

I know the grill cannot fit in a bear locker, and I obviously don't want to put it in the car and have a Bear try to get in, so what exactly is my best option here? Am I supposed to buy a smaller grill that can fit in the locker? Leave it out by the bear locker?

At Marmot I just left it out behind some rocks, being our tent was set up a good 100ft away. It was never messed with, but I don't want to risk that again as I was paranoid all night.

Any tips? Advice?

Thanks!



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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby SweetSierra » Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:33 pm

Hi InsaneBoost,

You won't have any problem with leaving your grill out. Just go and have a good time. I've never known a bear to bother with a grill. I don't use a big grill but I've camped along the 120 and many other places where big grills that other campers use are left out in bear country. I've often left my stove out with no issues. The problem is food that's left out in such places. or coolers. Put it in your car, if you're concerned.
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby sparky » Tue Jun 17, 2014 6:38 pm

I dont bring a grill, just because they are provided at most fire rings. Bring charcoal and cook on tin foil. Those grills do get defiled :confused:

If you do want to bring one like sweet sierra said, it isnt a worry. I have never had one or know anyone that has had one messed with
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby InsaneBoost » Tue Jun 17, 2014 8:19 pm

Good to know guys, thanks for the information, just wasn't sure exactly. Didn't want to be the guy everyone is like, "look at this idiot leaving his grill out."
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby macchiolives » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:54 pm

If you wind up staying in Yosemite Creek, the hike from Yosemite Creek to Yosemite Falls is pretty spectacular!
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby macchiolives » Wed Jun 18, 2014 4:59 pm

Also, I can't remember the exact campsite number, but at Yosemite Creek, head left after driving near the trailhead to Yosemite falls. Drive to the end of the road and there's a campsite on the corner that has it's own private little "meadow." It's the best campsite on the campgrounds (in my opinion).
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby maverick » Wed Jun 18, 2014 5:02 pm

Leave it out, and don't worry about it. Just make sure you wipe off any food, or
grease particles after usage, and you will have no issues.
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby InsaneBoost » Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:28 am

macchiolives wrote:Also, I can't remember the exact campsite number, but at Yosemite Creek, head left after driving near the trailhead to Yosemite falls. Drive to the end of the road and there's a campsite on the corner that has it's own private little "meadow." It's the best campsite on the campgrounds (in my opinion).


Yes I believe that is campsite #14. That's where the woman has stayed multiple times, says it's her favorite spot. Or I believe it's campsite #14.
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby InsaneBoost » Thu Jun 19, 2014 10:29 am

maverick wrote:Leave it out, and don't worry about it. Just make sure you wipe off any food, or
grease particles after usage, and you will have no issues.


Usually always do that anyways so less to clean when I get home so that's a plus!
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby Dave_Ayers » Thu Jun 19, 2014 1:08 pm

+1 on the leaving leaving the grill out.

I saw a bear mess with a grill once at the old Harden Lake campground decades ago. But that was because the grill had a couple of large steaks on it. A rock to the butt sent the bear galloping.

White Wolf and Tuolumne Meadows camps have tap water and flush toilets if that matters to you. Porcupine Flat, Tamarack Flat, and Yosemite Creek do not. Yosemite Creek and Tamarack Flat require ~3 miles of dirt road driving.
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby InsaneBoost » Thu Jun 19, 2014 2:07 pm

Not an issue for us, we've done the dug a hole and go routine before because some campground bathrooms were still locked :lol:

I checked out Tamarack Flat so know how that road can get, glad we have an SUV and not a low sitting car. Road was rough, I know my girlfriend has done Yosemite Creek so we should be good.

Thanks for the info!
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Re: Camping in Yosemite (120)

Postby Dag » Sat Jun 21, 2014 4:47 am

If you want some nice campsites, go a little farther on 120 outside the park. The National Forest campsites in Lee Vining Canyon as you descend from the park boundary are beautiful, secluded and nice. Once you get outside the park, there's very nice Mono County campsites on the road to Lundy Lake if you turn north: the climb up gives you a great view of Mono Lake. Have fun!
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