Brendan Hedges

Go deep into the iconic national park’s backcountry.

May 31, 2012

Leave crowded Yosemite Valley behind to trek the backcountry—without ditching comfort entirely. The best time to go is during the summer (winter can be extreme) to capture stunning and panoramic views otherwise unattainable.

Merced Lake High Sierra Camp

Yosemite has five hike-in High Sierra Camps: Merced Lake sits at 7,150 feet and is ringed by granite peaks. Reservations are available on a lottery basis.

Vogelsang High Sierra Camp

Stay at the 42-bed Vogelsang camp (10,300 feet), which does not, alas, have showers. The canvas tent cabins have beds with mattresses, pillows, and blankets; towels and sheets are included. Reservations are available on a lottery basis

Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

Stop at the funky restaurant, 25 miles outside the park, for pork loin with adobo sauce and Sierra Nevada on tap.

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