Directions to Bridalveil Campground
When you arrive at Yosemite, make your way to the Bridalveil Creek campground.(You may want to print these web pages) Driving distance is 18 miles, up a long steep but gradual incline, and a spectacular rise from the Valley floor. Allow at least an hour from the Falls parking lot   Do make a stop at the Wawona Tunnel overlook, which is the absolute classic view of Yosemite Valley. Some spectacular night shots were taken here by Bill Arnett of SJAA.

Please try to reach camp no later than 5pm, which means giving yourself plenty of time from the Greater Bay Area for...you guessed it, traffic. You'll be rested and relaxed when you arrive rather than uptight and tense. When Jane and Mojo lived in the Bay Area, they used to leave on Thursday, stop halfway in Oakdale and spend the night. Over the past few years Jayni, Aeddan and I stay at Knights Ferry on the cool and refreshing Stanislaus which is just east of Oakdale in the Sierra foot hills. On return, I relish taking a dip in the Stanislaus before hitting the Valley heat, continuing on Orange Blossom Road and bypassing Oakdale entirely.
Speaking of Oakdale, it is a good place to gas up, and get supplies (like block ice) or stop at Groveland Market near PJ's Cafe on the left, after the Groveland Volunteer Fire Dept. just before you leave town.

Once you enter Bridalveil Creek Campground Road, there is a large message board with a map of our assigned and occupied campsites; it is on the right.  There is no camp host this year. 

After the bathrooms on the left and large bear-proof dumpsters on the right; you'll fork to the left to Loop C.
Look for the inner circle of campsites numbered: 81, 83, 89, 93 & 95 in that order counter clockwise or possibly regular outlying campsites with official looking SFAA Yosemite Parking placards on the parking spaces. We'll attempt to reserve sites 85 & 94, but no promises. Numbers 84, 86, 87, 88, 90, 91 & 92 campsites outside the circle, and may also be available but are not specifically reserved for us. This formula has been established over the years and it's worked out quite well.

Print out this years parking placard.

 Each year, starting on our assigned Friday, Ranger Dick Ewart has been gracious enough to reserve the majority of the inner circle (minus sites 85 & 94) for astronomy groups. This is a coordinated effort with the NPS
reservations concessionaire so, should there be a non-SFAA camper, please be courteous and patient so they can be relocated. Pick out your site, set up your tent, and reeelax. The brown reinforced steel bear boxes are for sharing with your neighboring camper. Please put ALL food in the bear boxes...that's what they are there for; no food in your vehicle. A not-so-wise member of an unnamed club didn't use a bear box and well...

Glacier Point Parking Guidelines

Glacier Point is another 8.5 miles up the road. Allow adequate time to find your way and set up. Electricity is provided in the observing area, but you may need a long extension cord. It's a large granite amphitheater much like Mt. Tam. We set up by 7:30, and it's a good idea to be there earlier.

Explicitly follow the NPS Ranger rules for unloading without blocking the right of way, then parking in the lot.
Only three to four vehicles at a time to unload please. This cannot be stressed enough.

The key is to drive in, unload your equipment briefly, then immediately after unloading, move your vehicle to the parking lot.

I know that it may seem like a pain, but our campsite is free and reserved, which is unheard of anywhere in Yosemite National Park. When you think of it, it's a small inconvenience for a huge lifelong reward.  

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