All public roads into Yosemite Valley are open year-round. Tioga Pass Road (Hwy 120 East between Crane Flat & Hwy 395 near Mono Lake) typically closes from mid-October to late May, although those dates vary. Call the Yosemite road hotline at 209.372.0200 or visit The Yosemite National Park website or The California Department of Traffic website for current conditions.
Although Groveland occasionally receives trace amounts of snow, points east can experience heavy snowfalls. It is advisable to carry chains in your vehicle when heading toward Yosemite in the winter months.
We offer free parking behind our hotel.
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Directions from the West
From San Francisco and the Bay Area
Head east on Interstate 580 through Livermore. Near Tracy, merge on to I-205 East. Stay on I-205 until I-5 North, following the signs for Yosemite. Take I-5 North for a very short distance. Take the first exit, Hwy 120 East toward Yosemite. Remain on Hwy 120 East through Manteca, Escalon and Oakdale. Following the signs to Yosemite’s Northern Entrance, turn RIGHT at ‘Yosemite Junction’ and pass through Chinese Camp, up the unforgettable ‘Priest Grade’ and through Big Oak Flat. Groveland is just after Big Oak Flat, and the Groveland Hotel can be found on the right-hand side of the road, just past the Iron Door Saloon.
Directions from the North
Take Hwy 99 South to Manteca . Exit onto Hwy 120 East in Manteca and follow signs to Yosemite . Remain on Hwy 120 East through Manteca, Escalon and Oakdale. Following signs to Yosemite’s Northern Entrance, turn RIGHT at ‘Yosemite Junction’ and pass through Chinese Camp, up the unforgettable ‘Priest Grade’ and through Big Oak Flat. Groveland is just after Big Oak Flat, and the Groveland Hotel can be found on the right-hand side of the road, just past the Iron Door Saloon.
Directions from the South
The most direct route is to take Hwy 99 north to 120 east in Manteca and follow the signs to Yosemite (see above). Another option is to take Hwy 99 to Fresno, and then take Hwy 41 through Yosemite Valley for a more scenic drive. Please do not take Hwy 49 from the south! Most GPS programs tell you to take this extremely winding mountain road that connects Mariposa with Sonora, but if you do, you will be sorry (and probably car sick)!
Directions from the East
From Yosemite Valley
Follow the signs to San Francisco as you leave the park on Hwy 120. Groveland is 23 miles from Yosemite’s Big Oak Flat entrance/exit. The Groveland Hotel can be found on the left-hand side of the road. Turn left onto Back Street just prior to the Iron Door Saloon.
From Mono Lake and Eastern Sierra
Follow Hwy 120 West. This spectacular route climbs Tioga Pass at 9941 feet, and winds past Tenaya Lake, spectacular granite formations with some of the world’s finest sport climbing routes and unforgettable views of Half Dome from the Olmsted Point turnout. At Crane Flat, turn Right/West, following the signs to San Francisco. There is a service station at this intersection. Groveland is 23 miles from the Big Oak Flat entrance/exit.
IMPORTANT NOTE: This season route is usually open from Memorial Day weekend through October. Check road conditions here or by phone at 209-372-0200 for current road conditions and closures.
We offer free shuttle service to/from the Pine Mountain Lake Airport, simply give us a call.
FAA Identifier: E45
Lat/Long: 37-51-42.0000N / 120-10-40.4000W
37-51.700000N / 120-10.673333W
Elevation: 2930 ft. / 893.1 m (surveyed)
Variation: 15E (1995)
From City: 3 miles NE of Groveland, CA 95321