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Frequently Asked Questions

Coming from Los Angeles

To Yosemite Valley/Tuolomne Meadows

  • From LAX, you can take a commercial flight to Merced, CA.
  • From Los Angeles, you can take the Amtrak to Merced, CA. This is a 6 hour trip and costs $40 per person.
  • From Merced, take the YARTS (Yosemite Area Transportation System) to Yosemite Valley or Tuolomne Meadows. Tickets can be purchased at the Quality Inn, Merced, CA - or via the driver when you board.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 18:35
 

To VVR, Florence Lake, Mono Hot Springs

  • From LAX, you can take a commercial flight to Fresno, CA.
  • From Los Angeles, you can take the Amtrak to Fresno, CA. This is a 5 hour trip and costs $32 per person.
  • From Fresno, you can utilize our shuttle system to get you to VVR, Florence Lake (Muir Trail Ranch), or Mono Hot Springs
 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 18:53
 
June

June

Early June is usually frequented by employees and old friends. Some great discussions are had during this time - and lots of things are getting done for the season all across the resort. This is a great time if you want to be part of the "In" crowd!

Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2011 22:54
 

 
Find Us

Finding Us

VVR is in the backcountry. That means we have no address in the "real" world that you can simply plug into a map to find us.

Google, Bing, and the other search engines have NO CLUE where we are. Ask them, and they'll put you down in Lakeshore where we pickup packages - about 27 miles from where we actually are!

Use This Address in your device: Mono Hot Springs, 93642 this will get you within 6 miles, from there it is simple, follow the single lane road and good signage to VVR.

PLEASE ALSO GO - to the directions lower down this page and click on coming from the North or South. Very informative!

We're here to help!

Don't worry - we'll help you find us. Just follow the detailed instructions we've provided - one set if you're coming from the south, and another if you're coming from the north.

Of course, if you're hiking in from the PCT or JMT - just take the VVR cutoff (clearly marked on the trail).

Last Updated on Wednesday, 19 April 2017 20:24
 
General Questions

General

During what hours does the Resort have electricity?

The resort's diesel generator runs from 7am to 10pm Pacific time. During these hours, all facilities are available to you.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:18
 

During what hours are calls answered?

Calls are answered during the hours of 7am to 9pm Pacific Time. If your call is not answered, it's because we are busy helping other customers. Just leave a voicemail and we will return your call.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:20
 

Can you confirm [insert your question] on the website?

The website is continually updated. Therefore, there is no need to confirm anything listed. At the top of each page is the date that the page was last updated.

We will update the website as changes occur; you can count on the website always being correct.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:37
 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:37
 
Coming from San Francisco

To Yosemite Valley/Tuolomne Meadows

  • From San Francisco, take the Amtrak to Merced, CA. There are several trips a day, ranging from $25 to $32 per person depending on which terminal you leave from. This trip takes approximately 3.5 hours. Be aware that the first part of the trip is via a short bus trip to Emeryville, CA.
  • From Merced, take the YARTS (Yosemite Area Transportation System) to Yosemite Valley or Tuolomne Meadows. Tickets can be purchased at the Quality Inn, Merced, CA - or via the driver when you board.
Last Updated on Thursday, 29 July 2010 18:36
 

To VVR, Florence Lake, Mono Hot Springs

  • From San Francisco, you can take a commercial flight to Fresno, CA
  • Or, you can take the Amtrak to Fresno, CA. This is a 4.5 hour trip and costs $31 per person. Be aware that the first part of the trip is via a short bus trip to Emeryville, CA.
  • From Fresno, you can utilize our shuttle system to get you to VVR, Florence Lake (Muir Trail Ranch), or Mono Hot Springs
Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 18:50
 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 June 2010 18:53
 
July

Late June - July

Beginning in late June and continuing through July, the Pacific Crest Trail thru-hikers pass through VVR for resupplies and "Zero Days". This is a great time to hear about their travels - Northbound travelers have typically been hiking for more than 2 months already. You'll meet new hikers, and hikers that have been hiking the PCT for years. It might even spark your interest

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:22
 

 
Hiker Options in the event of Ferry Not Running

Trail options in the event the water taxi is not operating because of the drought

For North Bound PCT/JMT Hikers:

Simply use the Bear Ridge Trail, (5.7 miles trail to dam); walk directly on top of dam, concrete to the end where it meets the shoreline, just go straight, the tree-line will be on your left. You will walk past the boat ramp which will be high and dry and just follow the tire tracks straight to VVR. From the end of the dam about 1.5 miles.

For South Bound JMT Hikers:

About a mile before you reach Silver Pass there will be a cut-off trail to Goodale Pass, this is a great alternative to going over Silver Pass and then around the Lake to VVR. Not only will it save you 2.6 miles in distance but will save you the up and down elevation loss/gain grunt around the lake. Walking through Graveyard Meadows is very beautiful too. (We locals prefer this pass to Silver)

**Note, If you end up at the back of the lake where our ferry landing is: You can hike directly along the lake trail to the resort; mileage from the water taxi landing to the lodge is 4.8 miles.

Getting Back on the Trail:

South Bounders: To get back to the JMT (South) you can avoid going back on the lake trail to the switchbacks up Bear Ridge (7900? to 9880?), by catching our vehicle hiker shuttle ($10.00) to either of the two alternative trails.

Bear Ridge trail on southern side of lake, trail head is at the spill-way. Mileage is 5.7 to junction of PCT/JMT. (elevation is 7665? to 9880?) This is a great trail to use if you are north bound (PCT) and want to get to the resort; the trail is sandy and puts you out right at the dam. Simply walk on top of the dam (concrete) till it ends then walk up the shoreline to the lodge. (About 2 miles). We do not recommend this trail to hikers who want to join the PCT/JMT southbound (loose, dry and steep)

Bear Creek Cut-off trail to Bear Creek trail is the recommended trail for South Bounders to get back to the PCT/JMT. Very pretty trail runs right up the canyon along Bear Creek, picturesque and elevation gain is minimal. (7560? to 8985?) Mileage total is 10.2.

If you go back the same way you came in using the lake trail your mileage to this junction is 12.4 miles. So, you save time, a couple of miles and a whole lotta switchbacks (Dry & Steep) by using this alternative.

Note: The Tom Harrison JMT Trail map package does not show these trails, use the Tom Harrison Mono Divide Map for this section. Worth its weight in gold! Tom has told me he is going to make some adjustments to the JMT Trail Map package and in future editions these trails will be shown.

 
Resupply

Resupply

How do you want us to send our Resupply?

We prefer that you send your resupply via UPS.

Please see the page regarding hiker resupply for more information.

 

Where at the resort would we pick up our resupply package?

Your resupply package can be picked up in the store.

 

 
August

August

August is the time for families. Bring your family up for a great time - the lake is full, the weather is beautiful, and the trails are just begging to be hiked! Of course, there are a lot of hikers coming in off of the John Muir Trail as well during this time!

Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2011 22:57
 

 
Accomodations

Accomodations

What is the cost to camp in our own tents?

If you have your own tent, you can camp in our tent area for free, or anywhere around VVR on Forest Service land. There is also a campground next door to VVR - the campsites are $13 per night. However, they must be reserved.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:46
 

How do we get access to hot showers and laundry facilities?

Everyone has access to the hot showers and laundry facilities, no matter where you are staying.

Showers and laundry at provided at a fee:

  • Showers are $6 each and include soap and a towel.
  • Laundry facilities are $6 per load and include soap.
Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:47
 

Are reservations necessary to camp in the hiker tent cabin?

No reservations are necessary to camp in the hiker tent cabin - it is first come, first served.

(See the Accommodations page)

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:46
 

What sort of proof do we need to provide that we are thru hiking the JMT?

Just stumble in to VVR with an overweight backpack, hungry, smelly, and with a glazed look on your face. We'll figure it out.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:15
 

 
September

September - Close

his is the traditionally the slowest time - probably because kids are going back to school. HOWEVER, this can be one of the most beautiful times of the year. The weather is incredible, the bugs have gone, and there can even be a nice chill to the evening air. In October, you might even witness a small snow storm! This is also the time for DEALS. Watch the website for special promotions during this time.

Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2011 22:57
 

Last Updated on Monday, 04 April 2011 22:58
 
Ferry

Ferry

Where do we pay for our ferry boat trip?

You can pay for your ferry boat trip at the VVR store prior to departing, or if you are traveling INTO VVR from the trail, you can pay once you arrive at VVR. At that time, you may also pay for a round trip ticket if you intend to use the ferry to leave VVR.

 

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 March 2010 19:39
 
Restaurant

Restaurant

Is your menu posted on the site?

Yes, our breakfast and lunch menus are posted on our dining page.

Dinner menus change based on the fresh meats and produce that we are able to source that week.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 June 2012 16:31
 

 

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Weather

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Resupply Boxes accepted and available for pickup
Ferry is operational

Ferry Schedule

The Edison Queen is now running on a FULL lake.

 

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Accolades

Best BBQ in the Middle of Nowhere
Fresno Bee, July 2011