If you read your wilderness permit carefully, you will read that you can stay up to one night before and after your backpacking trip at “backpackers campground.” Well where are they? This article will focus on just two of them – Tuolumne Meadows and the Yosemite Valley.
By Tuolumne River
Tuolumne Meadows Backpackers Campground
It is found in the Tuolumne Meadows campground (duh!) and apparently it is behind the Dana fire-pit, between the A and B loop. See the map below:
Notice that this map is north-south reverse. Therefore if you are driving from the west side, this campground will be on your right.
Yosemite Valley Backpackers Campground
On the other hand, the backpackers campground in Yosemite valley is not as well marked. You would not see it on the map, though if you do a search on Google for the “North Pines backpackers campground,” you might come across Park service document showing:
Notice that the backpackers campground is north of North Pines across a bridge. There is no parking access and therefore you have to park elsewhere after you are done unloading.
Last but not least, these campgrounds charge $5 per person per night. Thus be ready to pay up.