Title: Big Waterfall Camping
Type: Camping Trip with multiple hikes. Beg.- Adv. Hikes
Cool Features: Yosemite, Water Falls, rivers, and of course YOU!
Description: Camping Weekend with Multiple Hikes, Museums, Potluck meals Thursday May 2 through Sunday May 5
Best time to visit: Spring
Planned Hikes: Yosemite Falls, Columbia Point, Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, Four Mile Trail, Mirror Lake, Valley floor walk, Museums and shops.
Elevation Gain/Loss: from 300' to 3,600 depending on which hikes you pick.
Altitude at Trailhead: 3,996'
Terrain: Hiking Trails
Distance: Varies on hike selection
Difficulty Rating: Beg. - Adv. "Rating Chart"
Fitness Level: Varies see individual hike events for more details
Expected Duration: Entire Weekend
Special Skills Necessary: Ability to say "OMG" often without hurting yourself
Where to meet you: (in your RSVP, please post at which departure site we will find you):
Depart: 7am at REI Expo Store
Setup Camp: 12:00 pm
Type of travel: Carpool, meet at departure or camp site
Things to bring: Willingness to camp and hike together for the weekend as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.
Plus: Camping gear, "high energy" breakfasts, trail lunches, and your contribution to dinners (see "Meal Planner" file).
Plus Special Equipment: trekking poles, sunscreen, hat
Membership Required: yes
Host Donation: $75
Carpool : $40 plus ($20 entrance fee divided by the number of people in your car.)
Fees: $20 Per car load entrance fee.
Dogs: No Dogs Please.
Map to the campsite: GMAP
Driving directions to Upper Pines Campground from REI 1790 Expo Parkway Sacramento, CA 95815
1.Head northeast on Expo Pkwy toward Exposition Blvd 256 ft
2.Take the 1st right onto Exposition Blvd 0.2 mi
3.Take the I-80 W ramp to San Francisco/Fresno 0.2 mi
4.Merge onto I-80 BUS W 2.9 mi
5.Continue onto California 51 S 0.8 mi
6.Merge onto CA-99 S 55.8 mi
7.Take exit 242 for CA-120 E/Yosemite Avetoward Sonora 0.2 mi
8.Turn left onto CA-120 E/E Yosemite Ave Continue to follow CA-120 E 19.9 mi
9.Turn left onto CA-108 E/CA-120 E/E F St Continue to follow CA-108 E/CA-120 E 25.0 mi
10.Turn right onto CA-120 E 12.6 mi
11.Turn right onto Old Priest Grade 1.8 mi 12.Continue onto CA-120 E This road may be seasonally closed 34.8 mi
13.Continue onto Big Oak Rd 9.4 mi
14.Turn left onto El Portal Rd (signs forYosemite Valley/CA-41/Fresno) 0.9 mi
15.Turn right at Northside Dr 1.0 mi
16.Continue straight onto Southside Dr 5.1 mi
17.Continue onto Happy Isle Loop Rd 0.6 mi
18.Turn left at Sign pointing to Upper pines campground 226 ft
Turn right into Upper pines Campground
Restrooms available: Toilet available at trailhead
Event Guide Contact Info: Lee and Gary