At the Yosemite Bug Hostel, nature lovers are served! This hostel is perfect for people who want to visit Yosemite National Park but do not want to pay for an expensive hotel room within the park.
The hostel is located directly in the forest, past Mariposa toward Yosemite National Park. It is about an eighty-minute ride from Merced, CA, on a Yarts bus that is run by Yosemite National Park. The hostel is located at a ten-minute uphill walk from the bus stop, which may be strenuous if you are carrying a lot of baggage. Most buses that go toward the Bug Hostel run in the morning and become sparser in the afternoon. You can also take the same Yarts bus all the way into Yosemite National Park and the fare includes park entrance fees. The first bus leaves from the Bug Hostel at 7:30 a.m. and the last bus from Yosemite Valley leaves at 7:50 p.m., leaving you plenty of time to hike any day-hike trail in Yosemite.
Rooms and Bathrooms
Each dorm sleeps six people and has a shower and a toilet. There is also another building with more showers in case it is needed. There is a locker box if you want to use it. The restroom is quite very large.
There is a kitchen if you want to cook your own meals, and a restaurant (which includes vegetarian options and which serves alcohol) for those who do not. They have board games and a computer if you want to access internet. They also offer free Wi-Fi in their cafe. Most people at the hostel are exhausted from their day at Yosemite National Park and want to go back the day after. So it is definitely more fit for a person who wants to enjoy nature. Other backpackers are quite friendly and you can definitely meet some hiking partners there.
The hostel is definitely a good option if you are traveling on a tight budget to enjoy nature at Yosemite National Park. It is conveniently located, not too expensive, and offers the opportunity to meet other backpackers with similar interests.