You can get to the Yosemite Bug Hostel by Amtrak and the YARTS bus. Book your ticket round trip from San Francisco, Sacramento or Los Angeles to Yosemite on the Amtrak website. This train and bus journey and is wonderfully inexpensive. Ask the driver on the last leg of the journey to drop you at the Yosemite Bug.
From San Francisco: Take the Bay Bridge to 580 East, before Stockton bear right towards Los Angeles on 580 East (not forward onto 205 East), take 132 East to Modesto where you will find 99 South to Merced. Take 140 East towards Yosemite. Nine and a half miles after the town of Mariposa look for the address at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort sign & turn left. Follow signs up road. 3-3.5 hours.
From Northern California: Make your way to Sacramento and then 99 South going towards Merced. Take 140 East towards Yosemite. Nine and a half miles after the town of Mariposa look for the address at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort sign & turn left. Follow the signs up road. 3.5 hours from Sacramento.
From Southern California: Make your way to Bakersfield and take 99 North to Merced. Take 140 East to Yosemite. Nine and a half miles after the town of Mariposa look for the address at Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort sign & turn left. Follow the signs up road. 5.5 hours from LA.
From Lake Tahoe: Take 207 East from South Lake Tahoe to Gardnerville and then 395 South to Lee Vining. Go into Yosemite on 120 West. Follow the signs into Yosemite Valley itself. Take 140 West out of the Yosemite National Park. 20 miles after the town of El Portal at edge of Park, make a right hand turn just before the Yosemite Bug Rustic Mountain Resort sign. 4.5 hours from South Lake Tahoe
What to bring
- Clothing for hot days and warm or cool nights. Be sure to include hats, sunglasses, sunscreen, shoes for comfortable walking and a swimsuit if you want to use the spa or go to the river! Check the weather forecast for Midpines, CA to be sure of the expected temperatures.
- A Flashlight
- Consider ear plugs if you are a light sleeper.
- A notebook and writing implement
- A battery-powered recording device and extra batteries.
- A camp stool
- A flash drive
If you play an instrument, we encourage you to bring it. Realize that you will be spending some of your time outdoors, and that instruments that do not do well outdoors, or that would be tragic to damage, should probably be left at home. We will have loaner keyboards, and a few loaner guitars (including electric) available. Also, picks, strings and other accessories will be available for you to buy on site, courtesy of Music Caravan.