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“great place to take the kids” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Lodgepole Campground

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One-half mile east of Lodgepole Visitor Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA   |  
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San Diego, California
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“great place to take the kids”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2010

I've been going to Lodgepole since i was a kid. It is a great place to camp. It has gotten a little crowded, but still very nice. If you want a good spot you neeed to make reservations 4-6 months in advance. you will have your choice of spots at this time. I usually go in july, and the river is very low at this time. All in all, a great place for a summer getaway..

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
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Fresno, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2010

I went up to Lodgepole with some friends and it was a awesome time! I have never been camping before and it was a pleasant experience, enough for me to go back. The campsites were close but far enough for some privacy, depending on where your at. We had two different campsite, so we would go over to each persons and eat our meals and all share. One of the coolest things is that we took Sequoia Shuttle to get there. One of my problems driving up the mountain is that I love looking at the scenery, and if I am driving I can't do that! So we tried Sequoia Shuttle this time and it was great! It was only $15 per person and it had plenty of luggage space for our camping gear. We were able to all ride together and chat as we went. Plus if we wanted to explore more of the park outside of Lodgepole, we got free shuttle service inside the park as well. It was pretty cool! Looking forward to next time!

  • Stayed June 2009, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2009

My husband & I drove on a Friday up to Lodgepole towards the end of Oct. It was very cold & we wore lots of layers. There is ongoing construction on the highway just before you reach the campground. It is about an hour drive up the mountain & you need to time it as they only let traffic through at the top of each hour. We were lucky & had to wait only a few minutes when we reached the construction. The campground had just experienced a bad storm a few days prior which had broken a lot of water pipes. So, the only working bathrooms were the main building where the showers, market, snack bar, etc. were located and the main bathroom located near the center of the campground in the large parking area. No other water or bathrooms were working. But it wasn't too bad (short walk). It was just the 2 of us & we arrived quite prepared. We had just enough daylight to pitch the tent & fix some quick food on our first day there.
Saturday, we walked over to the main building & bought our tickets to see Crystal Cave. It was the last day the Rangers would be doing the Cave tours for the year until next summer. They have lots of supplies at the market, plus delicious hot coffee with real milk, etc. at their snack bar, a free movie on bears, an interesting historical area, lots of benches to sit & enjoy the chipmunks & sunshine. I had brought up enough groceries, including a 1/2 gallon of milk which stayed semi frozen the whole trip. But next time I know I can buy milk at the store. It was also the last day for their public showers, so we took advantage of that after the Cave trip. All the people who work there are Federal Rangers & are quite informative & helpful.
Driving to Crystal Cave, hiking the whole trail down to the cave & descending the steep grade back after the tour, & the cave tour itself, it was all a great experience. The park had recently completed replacing the lighting with solar inside the cave. You can see the large solar panels in the parking lot before you descend down the long trail to the Cave entrance. It is a paved walking path inside the cave & a memorable experience.
We also visited some other attractions in the area that were very interesting (museum, trees, etc).
Each campground has a bear locker that is very big & a special latch that bears can't open. You have to keep anything scented in that locker. So all our personal stuff like chapstick, toothpaste, lotion I could not keep in the tent. It was inconvenient not having your stuff with the rest of your belongings. Next time, I will have one piece of luggage or container to put all that stuff in to store it in the bear locker.
The fire pits are great. They each have a grill, but we brought our own & placed it over what was there. Our campsite had a lot of river rocks around the pit, which worked well for us as we did lots of cooking from scratch. Plus we needed the fire to stay warm, it was so cold. We had bought our own firewood & also got some more on our way up. We also got a log or two that had washed up from the riverbank & some smaller logs left by other campers.
Sunday, we hiked all over the campground. Since most of it was closed due to the water pipe problem, it was quite empty. We saw some spectacular waterfalls up past campsite #100 area, a bridge that goes over the river to some more campsites, & several inviting hiking trails. We noticed quite a bit of dirt, rocks & debris that had slid down the hillsides from the storm so lots of work would need to be done to clean it up for next summer's campers. Back at our campsite, we spotted a bear across the river.
Our last night there, we invited a lone camper to eat some stew as it was getting colder & quite dark & he was still working to get his tent pitched up. Boy, did he appreciate that!

  • Stayed October 2009, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Southern California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2009

I just got back from a family camping trip to Lodgepole. I went with my husband, 3-yr-old son, and my in-laws. We had sites 124 and 125. They are definitely two of the best sites at Lodgepole. The only site better is 128 because it's on the farthest edge of the campground and secluded by fallen trees. Our site 124 has a huge tent pad though so that worked out great for us. Our two sites were about 10-15 feet from the river. The river is low now so we hiked across the rocks to the other side and caught the trail to Tokopah Falls. That was an amazing hike! From the trailhead it's 3.8 miles roundtrip but it's well worth it. Amazing granite walls and green meadows are the scenery you get.

It got pretty cold at night but extra blankets on top of sleeping bags and hand warmers thrown into the sleeping bags was enough to keep us warm. We did have bears visit the campsite each night but they didn't bother anything. As long as everything with any odor at all is kept in the bear locker they move on. As much as we looked on every hike we could not find any bears during the day. Maybe next time.

The Lodgepole Market was a lifesaver. No matter how much you plan ahead there seems to always be things forgotten. The prices aren't too bad but they are more than you would pay at home. Showers are $3 for 10 minutes which is plenty of time to get clean and feel new again! The showers are clean and so are the bathrooms in the campground.

Overall, our family had a great time. We are going to go back next summer when the river is full. I definitely recommend this campground/campsite for anybody who wants to camp in the forest but needs to be close to amenities and attractions.

  • Stayed September 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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San Diego, CA
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2009

Great time in Lodgepole. We were in #73, just a short stroll to the creek/river. The kids loved it. We were near the river and loved the sound at nite. Another couple we met camp on the uphill side, away fr the river, and said they see lots of wildlife come down off the mountain, then we looked at sure enough a pair of young bucks wandered past. On the hike from gen lee to the museum we saw a bear cub and a marmot (i think). The kids, 8,6,4,and 1.5 (in the backpack) hiked a number of trails no problem. Just the usual whine the last 500 yds. Crystal cave was cool, moro rock was a challenge for the 4 year old, and papa w the baby on board. Overall, hanging out in the creek was all we really needed to do. Go and have fun. BTW my tomtom only had Wukasachi listed as a location-so use that if your gps doesn't list lodgepole.

  • Stayed July 2009, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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Nashville
1 review
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2008

My son and I really enjoyed camping at Lodgepole. We selected a tent only campsite - #108 that is located on the upper loop. It is not too far from the stream and we saw mule deer and other wildlife such as chipmunks at the site. The privacy was really great since the tent pad was located away from the road. The only disadvantage of #108 relates to the small 9x9 tent pad but this worked out well for us.

The campground is near the market, grill, post office and ranger station. It is not a long drive to the General Sherman tree. I would definitely recommend camping at Lodgepole. Some sites are better then others and I did see sites where tents were located close to the road. The site for reserving campsites gives a description of each site. This information was helpful in selecting where we wanted to camp and I found the information to be fairly accurate.

  • Stayed July 2008, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 1 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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Los Angeles
1 review
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2008

The campground was over populated. There are over 200 sites in an area that should have maybe 75, not more then 100. The sites are very small and on top of one another. Unless you are lucky enough to reserve one of the sites on the edges of the campground, you are not going to have any privacy or any sence of being in the wild. If you have to go to Lodgepole then sites #101, #169, 170 and 174 are probably the most secluded. It does not mean private.

If you look for real camping experiance then forget Lodgepole. If you are first time camper and being surrounded on all sides with tents of others within 10 feet from onather gives you sence of security then you might like it.

The only thing that makes up for the campsite is the closeness of beautiful adventures. The waterfall hike, the Cresent Meadow hike, the Crystal Cave, Sherman General are a must. Don't miss it.

  • Liked — Activities close by
  • Disliked — small campsites and overcrowded
  • Stayed August 2008, traveled with family
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Check in / front desk
    • 1 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Business service (e.g., internet access)
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Address: One-half mile east of Lodgepole Visitor Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Ranked #3 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 205
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