Crane Flat - Backpack, Camp, Hike, and Snowshoe near Big Oak Flat, Yosemite National Park
Crane Flat Campground, Groveland, CA 95321, USA,Big Oak Flat,California
37.7480843, -119.7996318
Address: Crane Flat Campground, Groveland, CA 95321, USA
GPS: 37°44'53.1"N 119°47'58.7"W
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State: California

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Backpack, Camp, Hike, and Snowshoe

Crane Flat Campground is a meadow and forest between Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias. The campground is 30 minutes outside Yosemite Valley, has restrooms and picnic tables, and accommodates both tents and RVs. The campground is open July-October, and each campsite comes with a fire pit, picnic table, and a food locker to keep your food and the bears in Yosemite safe. There are no more than 6 people allowed to a campsite, unless you reserve a bigger site that hosts 13-30 campers.

Birdwatching is an activity enjoyed year-round by many people who visit Crane Flat. Some of the most popular birds in Yosemite are the great gray owl, spotted owl, peregrine falcon, pileated woodpecker, and the northern goshawk.

Nearby hikes open in the spring and fall include Lukens Lake, Tuolumne Grove and Nature Trail, Merced Grove, Harden Lake, May Lake, North Dome, and Ten Lakes.

Skiing and snowshoeing is available in the winter, and Crane Flat has some awesome options. Nearby trails include Crane Flat Lookout, Tuolumne Grove, Gin Flat Loop, Clark Range View, South Landing Road, Rockefeller Grove, and Merced Grove. Remember the icy conditions make these activities more dangerous, and winter days are shorter, so you may not be able to travel as far as you would like to.

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From Big Oak Flat, Yosemite National Park

  1. Head southwest on CA-120 E toward Tuolumne Grove Rd
    Toll road
    (7.5 mi)
  2. Turn right onto Yosemite National Park Rd
    Toll road
    Destination will be on the left
    (0.2 mi)
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