Well, I promised I'd come back to tell you how it went..... it was awesome!! My son was pretty impressed with the campsite I had chosen without ever seeing it before. Upon checking in at the ranger station, both rangers commented about the site I picked saying "thats one of the best ones"....but heck! It is THE best one out of all tent sites in my opinion. You know how everyone enjoys their privacy and seclusion when camping blah bla bla? Well.....there was no campsite to the right of us (like they never made one for camping at all) and the site on the left was a good distance away.
Contrary to what people have been posting on here about Lodgepole being crowded in the summer... yes its true but the problem lies at those sites that are all bunched up together down the hill. Keep driving on the upward loop and they begin to spread out.
Now the ultimate kicker of our site...... the RIVER!! was right there! Ours had to be the only tent site that had the closest access to this secluded little sandy area for fishing or wading. Literally from our picnic table it was about 8 or 9 steps before you hit water. In early July, the sound of the water was very moderate and it made the site a lot colder after dark so beware, we were freezing! Thank Goddess for tent heaters heheh.
Lastly, bears have been sighted roaming around and it is a high priority for the rangers to tell everyone about the consequences of feeding them. I have included a pic of a bear box so you can see its size and an idea of what can fit into it.
Oh btw thats the other thing I wanted to share. IF ANYONE is visiting Lodgpole there is a 3 mile trail called Tokopah Falls that is only accessible thru the campground and I'm so glad we did it because it was beautiful and well worth it.... that is where we saw our wild bear on the trail next to us, foraging.
Enjoy your parks!