Camp 4

Location: Yosemite Valley, near Yosemite Lodge and Yosemite Falls
Elevation: 4,000 ft (1,200 m)

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Open: All year
Reservations: No, but the campground fills early most mornings from spring through fall.
Cost: $5/night per person (A total of six people will be assigned to each campsite. You may be asked to stay in a campsite with people not in your group (hostel style) or others may be added to your site.)
Number of sites: 35
RV length: Not permitted
Trailer length: Not permitted
Parking: Parking is available adjacent to the campground. A parking permit is required from spring through fall. You will receive a free parking permit upon registering. Sleeping in vehicles is not permitted.

Groceries: Nearby (Yosemite Lodge, Yosemite Village)
Showers: Nearby (Curry Village and Housekeeping Camp)
Pets: Not permitted (Pet regulations)

Camping in Camp 4 by Dawn Endico via Wikipedia
Camping in Camp 4 by Dawn Endico via Wikipedia.

Each campsite contains a fire pit with no grill, a picnic table, and four shared food lockers [33“(D)x45”(W)x18"(H)]. Nearby amenities include a bathroom with potable water and flushing toilets.

Video by Sierranevadatrail via Youtube

During the middle of the 20th Century, Camp 4 became the home of rock climbing in Yosemite (probably due to it’s cheap price and lack of limits on how many nights a person could stay). Rock climbers from all over the world converged on the small campground to learning from each other and trying out new ideas on Yosemite’s walls. Climbers would often stay weeks in the campground forming parties to tackle many of the yet unclimbed walls of Yosemite. During the 1960s Camp 4 was the base came for many notables including Royal Robbins, Yvon Chouinard, Tom Frost, Chuck Pratt, Layton Kor, and Warren Harding. Techniques developed by the climbers of this era changed big wall climbing and opened the door for modern climbing techniques and style.

North American Wall Team by Tom Frost
(L to R) Tom Frost, Royal Robbins, Chuck Pratt and Yvon Chouinard on the summit of El Capitan in Yosemite Valley at the end of the first ascent of the North America Wall route. Photo by Tom Frost via Wikipedia

In 1997, the conflict over Camp 4 between climbers and the National Park Service came to a head when flooding in Yosemite Valley destroyed employee housing units and the National Park Service proposed building a three story dormitory on the site of Camp 4. Renowned climber and author Tom Frost filed a lawsuit against the National Park Service to save the historic rock climber’s campsite, and convinced the American Alpine Club to support the suit. The effort was successful. On February 21, 2003, Camp 4 was listed on the National Register of Historic Places for “its significant association with the growth and development of rock climbing in the Yosemite Valley during the ‘golden years’ of pioneer mountaineering”. In recognition of it’s historical status the campground was officially renamed Camp 4 from Sunnyside Campground, a name that had been in use since 1971.

How to register at Camp 4
Spring through fall – You must register with the ranger at the camp kiosk. Lines form outside the kiosk early as Camp 4 is the only first-come, first-served campground in Yosemite Valley and often gets overflow from the other campgrounds. Space is available on a per-person basis and each person wishing to register must be present. Six people will be assigned to each campsite; people in one group may be assigned to different campsites.

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Royal Robbins

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