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Sierra Club Memorial LeConte Lodge in Yosemite

Sierra Club Memorial LeConte Lodge

One of the things that I couldn’t wait to see while in Yosemite was the Sierra Club Memorial LeConte Lodge. I’ve been a long time supporter of the Sierra Club and visiting the LeConte Lodge has been on my bucket list for most of life. Unfortunately, the day that we were visiting Yosemite, the lodge was closed, but that didn’t stop me from walking around the historical landmark and capturing some pictures from my visit.

The LeConte Memorial Lodge in the Yosemite National Park was built by the Sierra Club in 1903. The location has been the valley’s first public information center since 1898. It is a place where guests visiting the park can learn about the Sierra Club, take advantage of public programs and visit the beautiful library.

Sierra Club at Yosemite

The lodge was styled by its founders, in the traditional meanings of the term as a small house at the gates of a park, and as a meeting or gathering place (similar to the Elks Lodge or Masonic Lodge).

About 16,000 visitors per year enjoy this important historical structure due to the efforts of the Sierra Club. For over 110 years, a Curator and Sierra Club volunteers have served as summer caretakers providing information to National Park visitors about Yosemite, the Sierra Nevada, and the National Park Idea.

Massive Rock at LeConte Lodge

The LeConte Memorial is open from Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm from May through September. Because the rough-hewn roof and granite walls have no insulation, the cold and snow of the winter keeps the building closed during the winter months.

The LeConte Memorial Lodge is located at Bus Stop #12, across from the Housekeeping Camp, in Yosemite Valley.

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