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Jones Store at Beasore Meadow

Front of Jones store

Photo © Mark Heliger

This is a real old-time country store that has a 100 year old history of serving the cattle ranchers in the Sierra. Cattle are still driven up here in the spring to feed on the grass in the meadow from about the end of June until late September.

They have basic supplies and offer sandwiches, home-made pies and hamburgers, beer and other sundry items you might need up there. They sell gasoline if you run out on your way out of the mountains.

There is no electricity, no phone or cell service.

Beasore Meadow has been in the family since the 1800s. One of many operations and the first stop on the cattle drive to allow cows to feed on the fresh grass in the meadows. When the road was built in 1936 Tom Jones decided to build an old Western front store. In 1954 the current 2-story store was built.

Number of Camp Sites: 6 campsites, 14 cabins

Campground Style

Rustic

Maximum Campsite Spur Length: 25 yds.

Maximum Number of People Cabin or Fire Lookout May Accommodate: 4 adults, 2 children

Nightly Fee: Campsite $7.50 per night, $5 per night on monthly rental. Cabins are rented seasonally.

Maximum Length of Stay Allowed: June 15 - Oct. 1

Direct Link to Reservation Site: cell phone 805-459-0190

Driving Directions

North Shore Road intersects Road 434/Beasore Rd at Bass Lake which turns into Beasore Road after a slight right turn on Road 274 to stay on Beasore Rd. Proceed almost 14 miles to Beasore Meadow and turn left.

 Eco-Friendly Notes

"Spring" comes in June and July as the snow has to melt before the grass and flowers have their time to grow. The weather gradually warms up by September and the whole cycle starts towards Fall again.

 Locally or Family Owned Business
 
 Pet Friendly Notes
Pet friendly, but no more than 2 dogs and they must not be agressive.
 

For More Information, Contact:

Vern & Lois Black

420 Dell Court, Pismo Beach, CA 93449
805-773-4356

adam hugues wrote on August 15, 2014: The pie is as big as your plate with a huge scoop of homemade ice cream on top, delicious. Go there with an empty stomach and enjoy!

Teresa Finn wrote on August 12, 2014: Is this the Tom Jones buried in Coarsegold off 41 near Mattie Fhy Lane? -- on the property now owned by the Chukchansi? We used to make stories up about his ghost while playing there.

Bob keith wrote on July 19, 2014: My family use to go to Bass Lake every year for our vacation. Part of that trip was to Jones Store. Dad and I were hunters and a stop at Jones Store was a must. This was back in the late 40’s early 50's. Great people and wonderful food. It was an awesome place for a young guy like me. Great memories. Went today 70 years later and the hamburgers are still the best.

Mark Holcombe wrote on July 16, 2014: I work for Suburban Propane and was delivering in the Red Top Road area and had the fine opportunity of having a very delicious cheeseburger from Lois Black and listening to the comments of other guests regarding her husband, Vern, who is a WW II veteran and fighter pilot, and later the second in command of the California Highway Patrol, and now retired and enjoying the good life and the Sierras. My experience today made me want to come back again and enjoy their facilities and the great outdoors (and have some homemade pie). So come and enjoy the Jones Store.

Norm Erich speaking for the family. wrote on February 15, 2014: So many wonderful memories coming up to the store and having pie or a hamburger or both and of course a long neck soda, going back over forty years now. My son caught his first trout in the creek there. Wow!!!! it does not get better then that, he was so happy. For over forty years my family has spent a week each year in a cabin in Bass Lake and coming up to Beasore was always part it. On a mini trip with my son and daughter we did a side trip up there as in Beasore and Mrs Jones was still running things. Seeing her made our whole trip very special, what a nice lady. Nothing better then an old forestry road and our Sierra's.

Dave Cox wrote on November 14, 2013: I made my first trip to Beasore Meadows when I was 2 years old, in 1939 with my parents Lee and Marion Cox, from San Jose. We came to Beasore many times over the years and I continued to come after I got married and raised my own family. It is one of my all time favorite places on earth and I intend to keep visiting whenever I come to California. I can still smell the unique combination of skunk cabbage, pine trees, frying bacon and freshly caught trout. I can still hear the sounds of cowbells and rushing of Beasore Creek.

Pat Beasley wrote on May 20, 2013: In your cabins do they have water and electricity, and bathrooms. It would be a great place to stay.

Suzanne Deford-Lancaster wrote on March 29, 2013: Great comments of this wonderful place. Like my brother mentioned earlier, our family has been going here since the 30's! I remember Hilda and my Aunt Maybelle in the kitchen baking pies and cooking for the loggers and campers all day. Such a great place and some of my best childhood memories!! I hope Vern and Lois are doing well!!

Denise Webber wrote on July 19, 2012: Awww...Home away from home. One of my favorite childhood times; filled with great people, food, outdoor activities, the fishing great, the meadows beautiful, walking the logs/jumping into favorite swimming holes and the cattle drive w/camping was my favorite. Loved riding; I learned so much from every family member. Looked forward to the cabin friends returning every year. Still smell the fresh air, the hamburgers that made u hungry. The snow was a beautiful time, to this day the pines r my favorite place 2 b. Don't remember Uncle Tom, remember, respect, loved, and enjoyed good laughs w/Aunt Hilda even when working. Her arms and the door was always open. Great family times. The ol ranch was a great place full of adventures. Looking forward 2 cing u this fall Uncle Vernon/Aunt Lois...u 2 r amazing. Also, Mark Heliger; great article/photos...I have some old black/whites...few color photos...nice work.D

adam hugues wrote on July 09, 2012: It is a real pleasure to stop there for lunch after riding my dual sport in the mountains. I can always count on good food, good people, and gas to get me home!

Norty Taylor (norty1519@Netzero.com) wrote on June 14, 2012: After writting a few words about Beasore, I’ve become somewhat more intrigued with its history as I recall it, versus what others have noted. One gentlemen noted he had a conversation with Johnny Jones (2011) detailing his jobs and the planting of trout in the High Sierra. A short jaunt up the Beasore road (3/4 mile) and a little past the crossing of upper Beasore creek, you might find Mike Alberta. If the name doesn't ring a bell, then go back to square one and start over again. There's not too much Mike can't tell you about his family if he's willing to talk, which is likely not. I can't mention Mike without acknowledging his wife Patty Harlow. The Harlow family has been part of the Beasore logging community since the early 50's, before the mill was closed down in Oakhurst in early 60's. There is no way to describe the Harlow clan as anything but Honorable, Trustworthy, and beyond Approach of anything outside the family. Pete, this is for you, I love you Brother.

Norty Taylor wrote on May 14, 2012: Tom Jones was very instrumental in having the stream of Beasore planted with trout for many years, as well as having Beavers re-introduced to Beasore meadows before they were killed off by poachers a few years later. Tom did this without any contracts with the Dept. of Fish and Game and was done with a hand-shake. The way things were done back then! Whatever happened to the old home stead ranch in Coasegold? I can still remember the two owls sitting above the fire place. Their eyes always looking at you no matter where you were in the room. Would really like to check out what it looks like today.

Rob Hall wrote on May 07, 2012: I visited there in July of 2009. Met an older man, I believe it was Johnny Jones, who told me all about the different jobs he's had over the years. Turns out, he was involved in planting trout in some of the upper reaches of the San Joaquin River drainage in the fifties and sixties. I've been fishing those areas since the 1970s. It was a genuine honor to talk with the guy. The other people at the store were very nice..and the pie alone was worth the drive.

Jim Del Bono wrote on September 15, 2011: My grandparents Alfred and Dina Pistoresi would spend two weeks every year at Beasore. I’m not sure when they first started going, but I would guess around 1950. I first went in 1955 and I remember Tom Jones and Hilda. I also remember their son Johnny who ran a pack station out of there. One of my favorite memories was the campfire every night in front of the store. There were chairs and cut down tree stumps in a circle in front of the old store and people would sit around the fire and visit. My mother would play the accordion. My grandfather and I caught many trout from the creek. There is a big rock down by the creek and we all carved our names in it. It’s been 40 years since I have been there, but someday I will return.

Karen Jones wrote on August 12, 2011: Ah Jones Store, what a memory. My parents owned Buchenau’s Cabin from 1964 until the late 1970s. A trip to Jones Store was a three mile walk and we went every few days. There was a stable in the front and we got to ride the horses all the time. Hilda ran the store at the time and was such a great person. The hamburgers and coca-cola were the best. My brother Steve Smith, who lives in Colorado now, met me in Bass Lake in June this year. We hadn’t been there in 30 years, since my parents sold the cabin and 40 acres around it. It was a treat. The snow was still on the road. We had to walk the last two miles to the cabin. The store was not open yet, but we walked around and told stories and shared our memories. I had forgotten how beautiful it was. We both feel very lucky to have spent our summers up there during our teenage and young adult years. Made us feel young again. Thanks for the memories.

Joe Deford wrote on December 20, 2010: Our family has been going to Beasore since 1932. The routine was to head up when the snow melted and stay until it fell again. In the early days, it was tent camping. A tent for cooking, a tent for sleeping. The fishing was great in those days with limits of 25 fish possible on any given outing. A bear came into camp once in awhile. The Black’s continue the family tradition dating back to Tom Jones, then Hilda Jones. Hilda was an angel on earth. She and my aunt Maybelle were lifelong friends. Maybelle would spend her summers in the mountains and was at home there. She could catch a trout anywhere she went. I was lucky enough to tag along with her during my youth. She knew where to get the bait. She knew where the fish were. The dinners she prepared are still etched into my memory as if just yesterday. What I would give for another weekend with auntie at Beasore. It is a place I have to go each summer, if only for a day. Have a cheeseburger and a root beer. To smell the trees and see the sights that bring back all the good memories and thoughts of the people that made those memories so special.

Donny Schmidt wrote on October 07, 2010: +1 on the food! Their burgers and pies are incredible! The place is like a time capsule.

Lee Block wrote on July 12, 2010: I was on a dual sport motorcycle ride on Saturday, July 10th and stopped at Jones Store. The gravity fed gas pump is classic Americana as is the store itself. The best thing is the food! Chicken sandwich was the best I’ve ever had! View from the outside patio looking over the meadow is priceless. Jones Store is a must see if your in the area.

Harold Eigenman wrote on June 13, 2010: My wife and I bought a lot from Hilda Jones in 1963. She was a wonderful lady to chat with when we visited the store. Her hamburgers were really special! I still ride my trials bike in the hills and the "Store" is a must stop for a refreshing drink and some great conversation. We miss Hilda very much!

Carolyn Weisman wrote on April 22, 2010: Jone's Store is a welcome stop on the circular road trip into the mountains. For those of us with a cabin nearby it's a nice break from 'camp cooking'. The food is good and the atmosphere is friendly.

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Longitude: -119.477444900
Latitude: 37.439633300
Elevation: 6805 FT (2074 M)
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