Hi-Midpines Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort

It’s often heard that there is something special about the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort that speaks to the soul of the Sierra Nevada Mountains that it is hidden deep within.  For some, that is the history of the land it was built on.  For others, it is the unique environment and the friendliness found within.  It is a place for kindred souls from all walks of life.  

Before the West was settled, Native Americans were often found using the land as a camping site during the Black Oak Acorn season.  They would spend the time gathering for the year to come, surrounded by the array of wildlife that calls the area home.  In time, they would abandon the spot entirely due to the influx of gold miners and prospectors who found their riches in the stream that cuts through the property.  The original buildings here were the base of operations for a prosperous mining camp and mill, which, during the expansion of the West, led to a popular stage coach stop.  It is often heard that in this time, the last grizzly bear in the Yosemite area was shot and killed at our year-round spring.  

By the 1920’s the gold was scarce and the land was repurposed to be used for the influx of construction workers and road crew that were brought in to work on California’s Highway 140.  When the highway was completed in the 1940’s the Boy Scouts of America found a perfect wilderness retreat with the facilities that were left behind.  For fifty years the Bug, as it’s commonly referred to, served as a children’s camp where California youth could learn wilderness survival and about the natural beauty that surrounded them.  

In the 1990s, owners Douglas Shaw and Caroline McGrath found a dream and founded the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort as a hostel for backpackers and climbers who flocked to the awesome beauty of Yosemite National Park and its surrounding areas.  Over time, they expanded the simple hostel to become a truly unique resort.  Everyday, guests from all over the world find peace of mind, a place to relax and continue to return year after year.  

One of the most endearing and amazing aspects of the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is the varied clientele that is drawn here.  It is not unusual to enjoy your dinner with a couple from Lisbon, or have a beer with a group of hostellers from Dublin.  You may even share a hike along the Bug Loop Trail with guests from Japan.  The variation in our guests remains strong throughout the year.  

Our guests have learned that regardless of their point of origin, the Bug retains the charm that is embodied in each and every one of the amenities that we offer.  From the private rooms, each decorated with a different theme in mind.  To the tent cabins that showcase the unique sounds and feel of the natural beauty in the area without leaving you out in the cold, the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort suits the budgets and tastes of all who look for a Yosemite adventure.  

If you’re just looking to get away for a relaxing retreat, come and enjoy our spa facilities, complete with massage therapists, a sauna, cold rain shower and herbal baths.  The spa is the perfect place to relax after a hike, or just to get away from the world and forget your worries and woes while you rejuvinate your body and spirit.  
Above the spa is home to the Yosemite Bug Cafe, a gem within the resort itself and a favourite for the locals and guests alike.  Our chefs work with a rotating menu based on the best meat and a produce that we can find.  In the summer and fall, that includes items from our own garden.  The cafe caters to vegan and a vegetarian diets as well as working with different food allergies, while producing high quality gourmet cuisine at a value to our guests.  

However, the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is not just for those seeking a retreat to the Yosemite area.  We also host the Wilderness Medicine Institute’s Wilderness Emergency Medical Technicial and First Responder courses at different times throughout the year, making the Yosemite Bug a truly unique gift in the shadow of Yosemite National Park.  

“Love the atmosphere here, our 12-year-old said, “it feels like home.”  Fabulous resturant and local bands! We look forward to coming back some day!”
- The Edgells, Brighton, U.K.

“I recently had the priviledge of staying at the Yosemite Bug for a 4-week EMT training course.  During that time I had a wonderful experience with the staff, local amenities, Bug accomodations and other visitors.  I would recommend the Bug Hostel to anyone - it exceeded all expectations and will be remembered as one of my favourite spots in California!”
- Melissa Ranch

“WOW! Thanks for the wonderful hospitality during our stay.  So often wen something is described as “Rustic” is is an euphanism for “run down, dilapidated, et cetera.” That is certainly not the case at the Bug.  The cabins were clean, nicely decorated, and modern.  The food was outstanding also.  Our next trip to the Yosemite area we will definately be staying at the Bug.”
- Bill and Doreen Bryant

“Two families from Buxtehude, Germany stayed here.  We loved it!  Super nice staff, organized hostel, but by far the food was outstanding.  We were spoiled a lot.  The chefs at the “Bug” hostel are absolutely top!  We appreciated the organic food and the allergy free dishes.  Keep doing what you do.”  
- Anke Meyer and Ralph, Esther Uhl and Peter

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Latitude: 37.544243 Longitude: -119.920069 Elevation: 2558 ft
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Caroline McGrath

Lodging Style and Amenities

Accommodations we offer include private cabins with bath, cabins with shared bath, heated tent cabins and dormitory style accommodation.Meeting and retreat facility. Spa at the Bug. Cafe at the Bug is open for breakfast, lunch & dinner. Lunches can be packed for the trail.

Seasons Open

Year Round

Recreational Opportunities

Hiking, Biking, River Rafting, Swimming, Skiing, Snowshoeing, Ice Skating, Horseback Riding, Gold Panning.

Rate Range

$22 to $150

Driving Directions

Located just off of Highway 140, the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort is accessible by car or by the Yosemite Area Regional Transportation System (YARTS) bus, which has a stop (#131) right in front of the Bug! Check out www.yarts.com for current pricing and schedule.

Eco-Friendly Notes

Recycling all goods such as paper, plastic, glass aluminum, low flow shower heads and toilets.

Growing our own organic vegetables and herbs for cafe at the Bug. Purchasing some locally grown fruit & vegetables for the Cafe.

Our large tub is cleaned naturally with UV light and food-grade hydrogen peroxide.

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are allowed in private rooms with a one time cleaning fee.

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