Chinese Camp Market – a nice respite on your way to Yosemite


Chinese Camp had a rail stop just called "Chinese"

Chinese Camp had a rail stop just called “Chinese”

When driving to Yosemite from the west via Highway 120, just before Sonora you need to take a right where Highway 108 continues straight and 120 heads you to Yosemite. After a short couple of miles, on your left you’ll see the CHINESE rail terminal, then on your right you will come upon the old settlement of Chinese Camp. The area housed over 4,000 Chinese laborers in the Gold Rush era. It’s pretty much decayed, but still local families (not Chinese) live there. Plans for it’s restoration come and go, but JUST before it, you will see an active market. It’s been there a long time and is run by a Kiwi ( New Zealander) named Mike Read. That’s him in the hat.

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Have a frosty pint!

Have a frosty pint!

The market has everything you need for your Half Dome trip – from food to beer. He even has a few cottages for an overnight stay. Out back is a nice picnic area.  There are toilets also. Stop by and say hi to Mike. Tell him Mr Half Dome sent you!

Have a frosty pint.

Unrelated thought worth quoting: “When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” John F. Kennedy 

MrHalfDome™ – Rick Deutsch –

One Best Hike: Yosemite’s Half Dome

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Mr Half Dome. Has written the only half dome hiking guide, One Best Hike: Yosemite's Half Dome. Has hiked it 31 times to day. Lives in San Jose, CA Available for presentations. Carpe Diem Experience, LLC
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  1. Kathy says:

    Not the same historically, but I just did a 13 hour Yosemite day trip Stockton to Tuolumne Meadows- 7am – 8pm for a day trip up the Tioga – spent time day hiking in Tuolumne Meadows and then a late afternoon rest at Tenya Lake. Anyway, had breakfast in Groveland on the way up. PJ’s Cafe on the left by the Market just as you drive out of Groveland towards the Big Oak Flat entrance has a very good breakfast sandwich. Had mine scrambled with cheese and bacon on sourdough.

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