Yosemite's High Sierra Camps will not open!

posted Jun 11, 2019, 2:25 PM by Paul Wagner
2019 High Sierra Camp Reservation Update
Yosemite National Park has measured the snowpack in the Tuolumne River basin to be an average of 176% as of April 1, 2019. Please note the High Sierra Camps will not open this year due to high snowpack. We are in the process of contacting guests with the option of a transfer to 2020 or a refund.

This has happened only a few times (3?) since 1985.  There is just too much snow.  And once the snow is finally gone, there is all the work to set up the camps and repair the damage from the previous winter.  By that time, it will have started snowing again...no time to actually book the guests and make any revenue at all.

For us backpackers, this also means that the outhouses and, more importantly, the water faucets at the camps will not be in service.  We never really liked hiking through the camps, with their crowds of people, but it was always nice to fill up our water bottles without filtering!