May Lake High Sierra Camp

May Lake High Sierra Camp was constructed in 1938 and is one of five historic High Sierra Camps in Yosemite National Park.  The site was chosen by Mary Curry Tresidder to replace the old Tenaya Lake camp.  Boats were hauled in for guest use, but were later discontinued by request of the National Park Service.  From the small ridge behind camp, guests were able to watch the Firefall at Glacier Point in the distance.

Perfect for relaxing and fishing, the camp is a fantastic blend of hospitality and high country scenery. Towering above May Lake, Mt. Hoffman is the geographic center of Yosemite National Park and an excellent, though strenuous, hike for May Lake visitors. The ridge just behind camp has a grand view of the southern end of Yosemite and is a popular sunset spot for hikers and photographers. This is the easiest camp to access via a short, one-mile hike from the parking lot off Tioga Road and a great overnight family destination. 

All High Sierra Camp lodging is in canvas tent cabins with dormitory-style steel frame beds with mattresses, pillows, woolen blankets or comforters. To maximize the number of people able to enjoy the High Camps, we do our best to fill all the beds. The staff makes every effort to keep members of a party in the same tent(s), but sometimes splitting a party is necessary.

A satisfying dinner and breakfast are served family-style in a main dining tent while you meet and compare notes with other High Sierra Camp lodging guests. Every effort is made to accommodate advance requests due to dietary restrictions such as food allergies, vegetarian or vegan diets. Sack lunches, which must be ordered the night before they're needed, may also be purchased at each camp.

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Latitude: 37.845262 Longitude: -119.490942 Elevation: 9337 ft


Number of Persons Shelter Will Accommodate

8 cabins with a total occupancy of 36 guests

Structure Access

May Lake is part of a 50-mile loop of High Sierra Camps, spaced roughly 5.7 to 10 miles apart. Located high in the Yosemite wilderness and accessible only by foot or saddle, each of Yosemite's High Sierra Camps feature a unique and spectacular setting. Due to high demand for these historic Yosemite High Sierra Camps, reservations are available on a lottery basis.  However, if you miss the lottery process, please check during the summer season for last minute availability at the individual camps.

Shelter Warming Source

Wood Burning Stove

What to Bring

To reduce the impact of stock on trails, guests provide their own sheets or sleep-sacks and towels.  While full packs are not necessary, please review our Trip Preparation information for a recommended packing list.

Direct Link to Reservation Site

Pet Friendly Notes

Pets are not allowed on Yosemite's wilderness trails. All lodging and restaurants within Yosemite National Park do not allow pets. In Yosemite, pets are allowed on fully paved trails and roads.

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