Partially Closed
2023 Campground Closures & Reopenings

Tamarack Flat Campground reopened on August 5 and Porcupine Flat Campground reopened on August 9.

Bridalveil Creek Campground, Crane Flat CampgroundWhite Wolf Campground (not opening in 2023)Yosemite Creek Campground (not opening in 2023), and Tuolumne Meadows Campground (not opening in 2023) are currently closed. Tentative opening and closing dates are posted on the national park's Campground pageFor more information, visit Yosemite National Park's Conditions page.

Jul 11, 2023

Rafferty Creek Trailhead

Trailhead8,666 ftPet friendly - NoAccessibility - No37.87653, -119.3455

This trailhead is a starting point for various trips in Yosemite National Park, from easy walks through the forest to a number of scenic hikes, including the iconic Pacific Crest Trail and John Muir Trail. From here, hikers can reach many subalpine lakes in the vicinity, including Lake Bernice, Babcock Lake, Emeric Lake, Vogelsang Lake, and Boothe Lake, as well as enjoy beautiful Lyell Canyon and the Lyell Fork of the Tuolumne River.

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Coordinates: 37.8765728, -119.3457460

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How to get there?

Public Transportation

Yosemite Valley to Tuolumne Meadows Hikers Bus operates in the area from mid-June to early September. Reservations can be made at 888-413-8869. 

From July to October, YARTS provides the daily bus service between Mammoth Lakes and Yosemite Valley with stops in Tuolumne Meadows.

Contact information (Address, phone, etc)

Yosemite National Park

Public Information Office

PO Box 577

Yosemite, CA 95389

Phone: (209) 372-0200


The trailhead is accessible as long as Tioga Road is open, which depends on snow conditions. 

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Facilities and Services

There’s a large parking lot at the trailhead and one more large parking area west of the trailhead. Although there is no water or restrooms here, you can find those at the Tuolumne Meadows Wilderness Center nearby.

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