May 18, 2016

We’ve all been there. You want to head to Yosemite Valley but can’t find anywhere to camp. You want to be amongst the huge granite rock walls and the lush forests – but there’s not a single campsite open in the Valley…for the next 6 months. Enter Shuteye Ridge.


Shuteye Ridge is a mind-blowing area of rocks, meadows, and forests just an hour south of the southern entrance to Yosemite National Park. You can camp in meadows, scramble around on world class rocks (safety first, people), and, if you’re lucky, you’ll even see a bear or two.

Camping is all dispersed on Sierra National Forest Land. During much of the year, you can’t build a fire (we’re in a drought, after all!), so plan accordingly.


Much of Shuteye Ridge is accessed by a maze of very rough Forest Service roads. Bring a 4x4 vehicle and don’t lose heart on the bumpy roads. Bears are a real concern here, so be sure to store your food accordingly.


GPS Coordinates to the head of Beasore Road: 37°19'29.9"N 119°33'15.8"W

From the Bay Area, head towards the southern edge of Yosemite National Park (I-80 to I-580 to I-205 to CA-99…just Google it). From Oakhurst, drive to Bass Lake and Beasore road. After 10 miles look for Forest Service Road 6S42. Drive another 5.5 miles to Forest Service Road 6S59.