Crane Flat area

Purple and white wildflowers blooming in a green meadow.
Camas and western bistort bloom in Crane Flat Meadow.

NPS - Brian Whitehead

 

Crane Flat is a pleasant forest and meadow area. Nearby are the Tuolumne and Merced Groves of Giant Sequoias, which are only accessible by foot.

 

To Get There

  • Car: Crane Flat is located at the intersection of the Big Oak Flat Road and the Tioga Road, 16 miles (30 minutes) from Yosemite Valley. Crane Flat is accessible by car year-round, though tire chains may be required from October through April. A gas station is open year-round at Crane Flat.

  • Bus: Yosemite Area Regional Transportation (YARTS) provides public transportation to/through Crane Flat (summer only; fee required). The Tuolumne Meadows Hikers' Bus also stops at Crane Flat (summer only; fee required).
 

Activities

 

Points of Interest

 
Three giant sequoia trees growing next to each other in a forest.

The Merced Grove of Giant Sequoias is located on the Big Oak Flat Road west of Crane Flat. It has about two dozen mature giant sequoias. Sequoias are only visible after a 1.5-mile hike with 500 feet of elevation loss. (The 1.5-mile hike back to the parking lot gains 500 feet and is strenuous.) Parking is limited. Water is not available so be sure to bring enough for everyone hiking.

 
Hikers walking down a forested path lined with wildflowers.

The Tuolumne Grove of Giant Sequoias is located on the Tioga Road just east of Crane Flat. It has about two dozen mature giant sequoias. Sequoias are only visible after a one-mile hike with 500 feet of elevation loss (the one-mile hike back to the parking lot gains 500 feet and is strenuous). Parking is limited. Water is not available so be sure to bring enough for everyone hiking.

 
Child sledding down a snowy hill.
The Crane Flat Snow Play Area is a great place to take the family to sled and play in snow! It is located just south of the Crane Flat gas station, near the Crane Flat Campground. The snow play area is open when there is sufficient snow.

Contact the Park

Mailing Address:

PO Box 577
Yosemite National Park, CA 95389

Phone:

(209) 372-0200
The public information office is open from 9 am to 5 pm Pacific time (closed for lunch). Once connected, dial 3 then 5. If the ranger is already on the line, you'll be returned to the main menu. If the ranger is not there, you can leave a message and we will return your call.

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