Evergreen Lodge at Yosemite

The Evergreen Lodge is a historic Yosemite National Park destination originally built to serve the workers building the O'Shaughnessy Dam in Hetch Hetchy Valley. In the early years, the Evergreen was a post office, restaurant and general store. Lore has it that moonshine was brewed in the basement and a brothel was run out of two of the cabins. In the late 1930s, local workers frequented the Evergreen tavern and took advantage of three illegal slot machines located on site. During this time, a Standard Oil gas station was built in front of the lodge. The pumps are long since gone, but the original gas station still stands today.

The lodge has been newly expanded and renovated, and it now blends the modern comforts of a resort, the relaxed approach and activities of a dude ranch and the timeless warmth of a historic 1920's lodge. The new Evergreen, a Frommer’s Favorite and Highly Recommended by Fodor’s, provides the perfect mix of recreation, relaxation and indulgence.

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Latitude: 37.8741759 Longitude: -119.8587799 Elevation: 4605 ft
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Lodging Style and Amenities

While the Evergreen’s historic main lodge and tavern have been beautifully preserved, today's guests stay in a variety of newly built, warmly furnished couples and family cabins with views to the woods.

Cabin amenities include Sirius satellite radio, historic artwork, feather pillows, Ecossential bath products, refrigerator, hair dryer and more. The Evergreen’s restaurant serves great food and wine in a relaxed mountain atmosphere, offering three meals a day in a variety of locations, including the cozy dining room, intimate front porch, classic tavern and covered patio, so visitors can choose the experience that suits their mood.

The Evergreen provides a host of other amenities to guests, including recreation center, massage, game room & theater, kid’s play areas, relaxing sun deck, free phones and Internet, open-air massage cabana, nightly activities, and more. The Evergreen’s in-house professional guide service offers an exciting array of outdoor adventures including hiking, fly fishing, biking, snowshoeing and sightseeing tours.

In addition to the Evergreen's 90 cabins in the woods, the lodge also offers 'custom camping', in which guests arrive to fully furnished tent sites and sleep among the big trees in spacious, mesh-topped tents with views to the stars.

 

Breakfast Style Served

Full and Hearty Breakfast

Season Open

Year Round

Rate Range

$99-$350

Driving Directions

The Evergreen Lodge is is located on the western border of Yosemite National Park off Highway 120 on Evergreen Road. Highway 120 offers convenient access to the Lodge from the Bay Area and all parts of California. Highway 120 also offers easy access to Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows and the rest of Yosemite National Park.

From the San Francisco Bay Area From downtown San Francisco, take I-80 East across the Bay Bridge. After the bridge, merge onto I-580 East. Continue for about 45 miles then merge onto I-205 East towards Tracy/ Stockton. At the junction of I-205 East and I-5 North, take CA-120 East and follow signs to Manteca.

At Manteca, take CA-99 North and exit immediately to stay on CA-120 East. Continue on CA-120 East to Oakdale (note that CA-120 makes a left-hand turn in the middle of Oakdale). 26 miles beyond Oakdale, turn right at Yosemite Junction and continue on CA-120 East through Groveland.

1/2 mile before the entrance to Yosemite (22 miles beyond Groveland), take a left on Evergreen Road and continue for 7 miles. Those last 7 miles on Evergreen Road include some of the nicest scenery around, so go slowly and enjoy. Evergreen will be on the left. Just look for the Big Burl Sign—you can't miss it!

From the San Francisco International Airport Exit the airport and take US-101 South towards San Jose. Continue for about 7 miles and merge onto CA-92 East to Hayward, crossing the San Mateo Bridge. Look left for a beautiful view of San Francisco!

Merge onto I-880 North towards Oakland. Proceed 3 miles and merge onto I-238 East to Castro Valley/Stockton. Proceed 3 miles and merge onto I-580 East and begin following the "San Francisco Bay Area" directions above.

From the Sacramento Area Take CA-99 South to Manteca. Exit onto CA-120 East and begin following the "San Francisco Bay Area" directions above.

From Redding (Northern California) Take I-5 South through Sacramento and Stockton. Exit onto CA-120 East and begin following the "San Francisco Bay Area" directions above.

From the Los Angeles (or Fresno) Area Take CA-99 North to Fresno, then take CA-41 North into Yosemite National Park and Yosemite Valley. Connect with CA-120 West and exit the Park.

1/2 mile after exiting Yosemite, take a right on Evergreen Road and continue for 7 miles. Evergreen will be on the left. Just look for the Big Burl Sign—you can't miss it!

Alternately, to maximize highway time or during the winter season: Take I-5 North or CA-99 North to CA-120 East towards Manteca/Sonora and continue following the "San Francisco Bay Area" directions above.

From the Lake Tahoe Area Take CA-89 South to I-395 South. Make a right onto CA-120 West and enter Yosemite National Park (note that Tioga Pass located on CA-120 closes each winter - please see below). Continue to Crane Flat and make a right following the signs towards San Francisco. Exit the Park.

1/2 mile after exiting Yosemite, take a right on Evergreen Road and continue for 7 miles. Evergreen will be on the left. Just look for the Big Burl Sign—you can't miss it!

From Mammoth Lakes Take I-395 North. Make a left onto CA-120 West and begin following the "Lake Tahoe Area" directions above.

Seasonal Closure of Tioga Pass Please note that Tioga Pass, located on CA-120 on the EAST SIDE of Yosemite National Park (near the Nevada border) closes each winter. While closing and opening dates vary from year to year, Tioga Pass typically closes in mid to late November and reopens in mid May. This closure does not effect travelers coming from the west (e.g. Bay Area, Los Angeles, Sacramento, etc.). During winter months, guests traveling from the east side of the Sierra will need to cross the mountains either north or south of Yosemite National Park.

Eco-Friendly Notes

The lodge is a founding B Corporation (www.bcorporation.net) -- a new type of corporation which uses the power of business to solve social and environmental problems.

The Evergreen operates and fully finances an innovative behind-the-scenes on-site Youth Employment Program in which a group of high-potential young adults from urban backgrounds work as paid interns at the lodge, gaining work experience while receiving career and life counseling.

Additional Eco-Related Notes: - The lodge is surrounded by National Forest. - The lodge's crystal clear water comes from a well drilled through 750 feet of granite. - The lodge uses instantaneous water heaters in its cabins. - The lodge administers its own recycling program given its remote location. - The lodge uses organic guest amenities.

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