Access to High Sierra Meadows

Directions to High Sierra Meadows:

There are two main routes to the Meadow; Beasore Road and Minarets Road.  The direct Beasore Road route uses Grizzly Road but can be used in conjunction with Minarets Road.  The direct Minarets Road has the option of using or not using Beasore Road or using or not using Grizzly Road as these routes can be combined somewhat depending the traveler’s preference.

If you are coming from North of Merced, the fastest route is the Beasore Road route when the road is open.  Otherwise, you must continue all the way around Bass Lake to North Fork to use the Minarets Road route.

If you are coming from south of Merced or Fresno, you have the option of coming either route; Beasore Road or Minarets Road or combination thereof.

The various combinations are NOT going to be identified herein.  It is assumed that as a High Sierra Meadows property owner, you are aware of the combination routes for traveling to and/or from the Meadow.  Thus, only the two basic routes will be outlined herein for visitors who may not have traveled to the Meadow previously.

IMPORTANT NOTE:  The Beasore Road route is usually NOT available early in the season due to snowdrifts.  It is not uncommon during normal snow years for Beasore Road to be inaccessible until mid-June or even first of July.  Check website for road conditions or call the USFS office in North Fork.

Depending on the snow levels, it is also possible that access via Minarets Road may be delayed as well but usually opens a lot sooner than Beasore Road.  Again, check website for road conditions or call the USFS office in North Fork.

Various Routes

Beasore Road Route from Merced

From North of Merced: Beasore Road Route

1.    At Merced take HWY 140 to Mariposa (Yosemite).

2.    At Mariposa take HWY 49 to Oakhurst.

3.    At Oakhurst turn left onto HWY 41 to Yosemite.

4.    Travel all the way through Oakhurst and watch for sign and right turn to Bass Lake continue on.

5.    About 2.5 miles further, there will be a sign on your right for the Pines Resort. On your left, just pass the turn-off for the Pines Resort is Beasore Road. Take Beasore Road.

6.    You will drive for about 14.2 miles, about 30 minutes. In the dark it is a VERY hard to see, but Jones’ Store will be on your left. About a mile past the store, there is a PAVED turn off to your right (it’s more like “Y” but not quite), this is Grizzly Road, take it. There is a sign at the turn off identifying this as the way Mammoth Pool and Lower Chiquito Creek Campground.

7.    Continue on Grizzly Road, 9.2 miles, until you reach the first PAVED left turn-off. There will be a sign identifying this as the road to Lower Chiquito Creek Campground. Turn left.

8.    Travel through the campground, crossing the bridge (the road now becomes dirt). About ¼ mile past the bridge, there will be a dirt road on your right and a mileage sign. The sign identifies this dirt road as the road to Arnold Meadow. Take this road.  It will lead you to the back gate.  You must have a gate key to open the lock.

If Beasore Road is inaccessible due to snowdrifts, continue around the Bass Lake until you come to a 3-way stop sign intersection and then turn left.  You are now on Minarets Road.  Follow the Minarets Road directions from hereon.

Beasore Road Route

From Fresno or Madera: Beasore Road Route

1.    Take HWY 41 to Yosemite.

2.    Travel all the way through Oakhurst and watch for sign and right turn to Bass Lake continue on.

3.    About 2.5 miles further, there will be a sign on your right for the Pines Resort. On your left, just pass the turn-off for the Pines Resort is Beasore Road. Take Beasore Road.

4.    You will drive for about 14.2 miles, about 30 minutes. In the dark it is a VERY hard to see, but Jones’ Store will be on your left. About a mile past the store, there is a PAVED turn off to your right (it’s more like “Y” but not quite), this is Grizzly Road, take it. There is a sign at the turn off identifying this as the way Mammoth Pool and Lower Chiquito Creek Campground.

5.    Continue on Grizzly Road, 9.2 miles, until you reach the first PAVED left turn-off. There will be a sign identifying this as the road to Lower Chiquito Creek Campground. Turn left.

6.    Travel through the campground, crossing the bridge (the road now becomes dirt). About ¼ mile past the bridge, there will be a dirt road on your right and a mileage sign. The sign identifies this dirt road as the road to Arnold Meadow. Take this road.  It will lead you to the back gate.  You must have a gate key to open the lock.

If Beasore Road is inaccessible due to snowdrifts, continue around the Bass Lake until you come to a 3-way stop sign intersection and then turn left.  You are now on Minarets Road.  Follow the Minarets Road directions from hereon.

Minarets Road Route

From Fresno or Madera: Minarets Road Route

1.    Take HWY 41 to Yosemite.

Minarets Road Route:

2.    Traveling north towards Yosemite, you’ll come to a passing lane going uphill.  Just over the top of the rise, there will be a signalized intersection.   Turn right towards North Fork.  There’ll be a sign marking this as the turn off to North Fork.

3.    Stay on this road and continue through North Fork into the Sierra National Forest.

4.    Landmarks to show the way:

  • First campground will be Fish Creek Campground on your right.
  • Second campground will be Rock Creek Campground on your right.
  • Mile High Curve and shortly thereafter the Mile High Lookout on your right.
  • Third campground will be Soda Springs Campground on your right.
  • Turn off to Wagner Store and Mammoth Pool on your right.

5.    Continue on until you come to the USFS Minarets Workstation on your left.  You will take the very first left turn about 500 yards past the workstation.  There will be sign to Arnold Meadow and Lower Chiquito Campground.

6.    You will travel 2 miles on a dirt road.  After one mile, you will come to a ‘Y’ in the road.  Veer left.  Again there is a sign to Arnold Meadow.

7.    After the second mile, you will come to the front gate at the Meadow.