Evergreen Location

Convenient access to all areas of Yosemite

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Evergreen Lodge is blessed with a convenient location for enjoying all of Yosemite National Park and the surrounding Stanislaus National Forest. The lodge sits one mile from Yosemite’s western border and the entrance to Hetch Hetchy and is surrounded on all sides by the Stanislaus National Forest. Evergreen’s location is along the most direct route to Yosemite from the San Francisco Bay Area.

  • 3-3½ hours from the San Francisco Bay Area (2½ hours from the Livermore Valley)
  • 3 hours from Sacramento
  • 3 hours from Fresno
  • 5½-6½ hours from Los Angeles

Evergreen Lodge is the most conveniently located of all Yosemite lodging for access to all three major parts of the Park:  Yosemite Valley, Tuolumne Meadows, and Hetch Hetchy.


Surrounding Evergreen Lodge are forest, meadows, rivers, swimming holes, fire roads, vistas and neighboring Camp Mather (day-use fee access during the summer months), with its spring fed-lake and miles of trails. Within a 20-minute walk from Evergreen are Birch Lake, Sunset Point, Doughter’s Meadow and the Middle Fork of the Tuolumne River.

The Hetch Hetchy entrance to Yosemite is one mile from the lodge, and the Big Oak Flat Park Entrance is seven miles away. Listed below are drive times from the lodge to favorite nearby places in Yosemite and the National Forest.

Minutes Drive from LodgeLocationHighlights
10Carlon Falls3.8 mile out-and-back hike to a waterfall, swimming
15Hetch Hetchy ReservoirHiking, history, waterfalls & fishing
15Preston Falls TrailheadHike along Tuolumne River, swimming
20Merced Grove Trailhead3 mile out-and-back hike to Giant Sequoias
25Tuolumne Grove Trailhead3 mile out-and-back hike to Giant Sequoias
25Rainbow PoolsSwimming and picnic area
40Yosemite ValleyTrails, waterfalls & massive granite walls
60Olmsted PointView of Half Dome & Tenaya Lake
60Tenaya LakeLargest alpine lake in Yosemite, swimming, picnicking, paddle boarding, fishing and hiking
75Tuolumne MeadowsLarge alpine meadow, the starting point for many popular hikes, fishing
90Mariposa GroveLarge Grove of Giant Sequoias, home to Yosemite's largest Giant Sequoia