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“Party Campsite ??” 4 of 5 stars
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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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birmingham
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“Party Campsite ??”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2012

This was the busiest of all the campsites we visited, a lot of people, making a lot of noise (until quiet time)

Pitches were large with all the usual equipment

Toilets were clean but a little small & no shower facility ??

Best of all, on the way to the campsite, we saw a mother bear & her cub, for me the highlight of my holiday

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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San Diego, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

Dorst is a very nice campground. Grounds are clean and well equipped, the sites aren't totally crammed in on each other. Some Sequoia campgrounds are more scenic, this one does have a trail to a small Sequoia grove we didn't have time to visit. It is also one of 2 campgrounds in Sequoia that has reservations available which can ease you mind during peak season. The only downside is that it is a bit of a drive to the attractions and services if you need any.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2012

We love National Park camprounds. Dorst had one problem that we have seen solved in better ways in other National Park campgrounds. There was NO place to wash your dishes or dispose of dishwater. The water faucetts, say " No dishwashing," as they should. But the only other sinks in the park are in the bathrooms. It is fine to wash them at your campsite in your own dishpans, but because of Bear precautions you really can't toss out your dishwater, so WHERE can you dispose of your dishwater? People were doing it in the bathrooms sinks which plugged because they had no drain traps to catch particles. We have been to other National Park campgrounds, like for instance Yellowstone last summer, they provided a dish sink in a small room at the bathhouse. Otherwise a nice location, nice roads, procedures etc. Had to go to other location for pay showers, which is normal for some National Parks.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 2 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2012

We just spent 3 nights at dorst campground, we usually stay at stony creek. The sites are definitely smaller but very nice. For being such a huge campsite it definitely is really quiet and peaceful. It was full the weekend we were there but it was still pretty quiet and neighbors seem really respectful of each other. We didn't have any issues with rowdy neighbors. The convenient shuttle to lodgepole make it fast and easy to go take showers ($3 for 10 minutes) the shuttle driver drives much faster than I would so you get there pretty quickly, the only bummer is they only go every hour.

The rangers are definitely more vigilant here as far as making sure you adhere to the bear rules, we never had a problem but our neighbors got a huge fine for keeping their cooler out and their dog tied up while they were gone.

Bathrooms have flush toilets and running water but not much else. They don't seem to keep them as clean as stony creek.

We saw lots of birds, chipmunks, deer and had a lovely time at the campsite. Would probably stay again.

Stayed August 2012, traveled with family
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East Los Angeles, California
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Visalia, California
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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 Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Seattle, Washington
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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 Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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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 #8 of 19 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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