We usually camp in southern sites, but as it was summer booked for Dorst.
Only minor bear experiences and rangers were on top of it, facilities were mostly clean, rangers were a bit nick-picky, but overall very helpful. Site was beautiful-meadows and small rock hills. A small trek to muir grove starts near the group campgrounds and is very pretty-there were bears in the grove though. A short drive to lodgepole, where $3 can buy you and your closest friends a 10 minute shower. Also, very close to little baldy trailhead and 20mins from big baldy trailhead. The campsites are generally small, but adequate. Meaning, your tents are very close and right next to your food bin and your car. Not a huge deal, but don't expect to get multiple cars or a lot of stuff in your site.
Had one neighbor who got wasted and screamed at his wife throughout the night, three nights running. Had another neighbor, a Canadian woman who was yelling at everyone, family and stranger alike. She even left a rude note for the campers who reserved the site after her when she left them telling them not to occupy the site until noon as she had paid for it and was still hers until then. I removed the note before they got there :)
Those new campers were great and so were our other neighbors, someone even left their leftover firewood in our site, which was awesome and we paid the favor forward. I guess basic camping manners are gone nowadays, but luckily they seem to be a small proportion of the guests. But we didn't experience it so much in the foothills. That might be a difference as Dorst takes online reservations whereas most of the other sites, including foothils, are first come first served.
Overall was a great trip, just some weird neighbors.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dorst Campground has 204 campsites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dorst Campground Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park