Staying in the Valley

Half Dome – Yosemite Musing

Most Half Dome hikers prefer to stay in the Curry Village Tent cabins, Housekeeping or the Pines for camping. These spots are near the Happy Isles / John Muir Trailhead so we can roll out of bed, slam down a bagel and hit the trail at the crack of dawn’s early light. Some folks prefer more pleasant accommodations. I know Mrs. Half Dome does not rejoice unless the bed is topped by a comforter. No, she’s doesn’t do much of my outdoor stuff – she knits. But I digress. If you want to stay a couple rungs up the caste system, here are the rates. These are for “in-season” in  2010, which runs April 1 thru October 1. Get out your bars of gold.

1. The Ahwahnee Lodge begins at $430 for a standard room. If this is below your standards, you can plunk down $1094 for the Library Suite. Yeah per night.

2. Yosemite Lodge at the Falls (that name cracks me) will set you back $178 a night for a standard, $194 for  up to 4 people and $207 for Lodge Rooms.

3. Curry Village wood cabins start at $101 sans bath; $140 with bath and $178 for a standard.

Non-Valley rooms include the Wawona (too far for a Half Dome hike) at $145 for a shared bath (put the seat DOWN), $217 for one with your own potty. You can also get a real cabin in Foresta – but these are privately owned and rented out. Yosemite West is a cluster of condo looking units also private owned and managed.

In other news, I’ll be heading to the park Fri-Sun for the Ya Spring Forum. If you go – say hi! The forecast 2 days ago called for snow to 5,000 feet. I paniced and went out to the Honda shop and bought a set of cable chains for the Civic.  80 clams but I got  them now.

If you did not see the new El Cap quarter that Tony B told us about, here’s the image:

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “You can check-out any time you like, but you can never leave.” – Hotel California, The Eagles

*Mr. Half Dome – Rick Deutsch –


2 Responses to “Staying in the Valley”

  1. Jim Y Says:

    I think we have stayed in every accommodation in the park. Our favorite as a family is a tent cabin up in White Wolf. When staying in the park, we really like renting a house in Yosemite West — especially in the winter when we go snowboarding or cross country skiing at Badger Pass. A house is nice because it gives us a place to relax after a long day of hiking or biking, offers a lot of privacy and gives us a place to cook breakfast and dinner on those days when we don’t eat in the park’s restaurants.

    We’ve also had good luck renting houses in “The Redwoods” in Wawona, but that area is a long way from the valley so it is a better option when you focus on that end of the park.

  2. Jerry Henderson Says:

    We stayed at Yosemite Pines because of the problems with Curry Village. Yosemite Pines is an RV resort, campground, and lodge located near Yosemite National Park offering Yosemite lodging. Yosemite Pines offers Yosemite camping near Yosemite National Park with full hook-up RV and campsites Yosemite camping. Yosemite Pines also offers Yosemite lodging and cabins near Yosemite National Park with Yosemite cabin rentals. Amenities include a clubhouse, gold mine, gold panning, petting zoo, swimming pool, hiking trail, general store, children’s playground, horseshoe pit, and volleyball.

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