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“Dodge the crowds.” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dorst Campground

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Seven-and-a-half miles northwest of Lodgepole Visitor Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA   |  
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East Los Angeles, California
1 review
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“Dodge the crowds.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2012

I have camped at Dorst Creek and Lodgepole in the past. This time around, the other campers were a little rowdy, which is the only reason i put a four out of five for this time of year. Otherwise, Dorst is very peaceful and secluded compared to the more touristy Lodgepole. Rangers are helpful if you ask but they don't smother you as long as you are being careful about the rules. You will see deer and bear at Dorst, so the rules are important. There are a few nice trails starting from Lodgepole. I recommend the Muir Grove trail which takes you to a secluded sequoia grove that takes a little work to get to. The trail starts and ends in Dorst. If you can avoid the crowds, this is a great spot.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Visalia, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2012

We stayed for 4 nights @ # 177. It was close to the restroom which has flush toilets (always a plus). They did run out of toilet paper in the women's restroom so word of advise, bring some from home just in case. We did hear banging and yelling the first 3 nights which told me there was a bear somewhere in the campground...as long as you have EVERYTHING put away in the bear box you should be fine. Bear Management did drive around quite often which made us feel a little more at ease. When you need to shower you have 2 options- either go right out of the campground to Lodgepole or left to Stoney Creek. Both have a store also. We had a great time. The sunset our last night was incredible-the sky looked like it was on fire. The meadows throughout the campground were very pretty with wild flowers of different colors and we even saw a bear at the bigger meadow by the entrance. There were also a couple of deer who came by our site which was totally neat to watch. The campground was clean and everyone was pretty respectful as far as quite time goes. Dorst is a beautiful and very large campground and I recommend staying here if you have the chance

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Seattle, Washington
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2012

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.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Los Angeles, California
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2012

Booked 3 nights. #95. Perfect location. Not too close to the bathrooms, had the faucet right there, and flat ground. Pretty creek where we took some wine and hung by the water. Muir Grove trail is within the camp and it's a fun 4-mi round trip trail to Sequoias. Yes, we had a bear encounter whilst around the campfire. He smelled our grill and came casually strolling by. We grouped together and yelled so he left. A bear came every night so keep your food put away. Nearby to Lodegepole so we could get stuff we needed. Went hiking and saw the sights. Definitely a fun campground to stay at. Just be sure to find photos of the lots you plan to stay at, bc some are VERY slanted.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2012 via mobile

We were a group of 5 (2 adults, 3 kids), who stayed at Dorst for 3 nights in late June. Huge pro--it's a lovely campground. We stayed across from the meadow towards the back of the campgrounds. My quibbles are that it's mixed camping--RVs amidst tents-- and the RV generators going all hours of the night are wearying. Also, one toilet in the ladies' room was clogged all 3 nights of our stay even after we reported it. There's a lot of bear activity, so if you stay here, do your neighbors a favor & CLEAN UP COMPLETELY after every meal.

  • Stayed June 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2012

we camped for 2 nights and the bears raided from 12 am to 5 am i couldnt sleep all the noise and in fact our food box broke compleltly and my dogs came back super frightned i honestly do not recomend to stay there right now its terrifying im still scared......

Stayed June 2012, traveled with family
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Bell Gardens, California
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2011

Well Dorst Creeek was VERY beautiful I have never seen a place like it. There were several probles though
1) The campground was on a hill and I was rolling in my tent not to mention the picnic table was slanted.
2) Very high altitude so its VERY cold at nigh make sure to bring double sweater or at least one good one.
3)You may have to park away from the campground.
4)Its crowded! I didnt know where the campground started or where they ended.
5) When they mean creek they mean creek! I would of loved to take a dip in the river but this thing was miniature not to mention COLD and when I mean cold I mean when ur reaching down a cooler when the ice melted to get the last 7-UP!
6)It is a LONG drive and you need to conserve gas because there are no gasoline stations. Oh and the ride up is horrible there are alot of curves and when I went the road was under construction so read the details on recreation.gov cause I didnt! (had to wait 20 minutes to cross mountain)

Now the pros are also good dont get me wrong there were some great things about this place too!
1) You can walk along the creek next to site #97 I personaly went to fish alittle. The fish are about as big as your middel finger and are trout!
2) Deer crossing :) I got to see two male deer while hiking about 1/3 of a mile from the campsite it was amazing.
3) No bears. They just make a big fuzz about things just keep ur meat in the boxes and you will be fine.
4)No bugs! Well maybe a little but you can count them with ur fingers but there are alot of mosquitos by the rivers and creeks!
5) The shuttle takes you to the Giant forest,Museum, Lodgepole (for the river), and Moore Rock.
6)CLEAN BATHROOMS! Toilet paper very thin though! oh and no showers, electricity, but my site had water so thats good.
7)Lots of shade. Thr redwoods are super tall and it provides alot of shade not to mention a spectacular view at night with so many stars.


Overall this place was GOOD not the best but good specially when you book it at the last minute. All the campgrounds were full specially Potwisha and Buckeye Flat so make reservations or suffer the consequenses specially if your going on the weekend. The good thing about it was the River near by where u can take a dip in(Lodgepole Picnic Area)! I thinks thats it oh and if ur considering Lodgepole let me warn u that its very open and no shade. Well from what I saw but they did have a store nearby whith a public phone! Well Sequoia was really nice enjoy ur trip and dont forget the smores :)

Room Tip: Make Reservations on Weekends! First come first serve become full specially the fist campgrounds!
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Address: Seven-and-a-half miles northwest 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 #7 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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