Camping at Dorst was my first experience with Bear Lockers. We brought way too much food so meal prep and clean up took up a great part of our mornings. Lodgepole is close enough for ice runs, which we coordinated with shopping and showers. Lines for showers were long and I waited 45 minutes on a Saturday evening. Bathrooms at Dorst were clean and had flush toilets. There was no light inside them at night. I can't remember our site number, but I suggest a spot on the right side of the overall loop, and on the outside, not inside of the loop. We purchased wood at Lodgepole and when we tried to get more at the small shop in the National Forest, we were told they weren't selling it due High Fire Risk that weekend.
We hiked in KC at Zumwalt and near Lodgepole - both waterfall hikes. Stellar, 2 mile hikes! Immensely scenic. The best wildlife we saw was right within Dorst. One young bear and dozens of timid deer were grazing just off the main road.
The shuttles were full and waits long, however we had no choice at mist of the sights in Sequoia as parking lots were full. The shuttle system is far inferior to Zion's and was a bit frustrating. I suggest it would be a good idea to visit Sequoia's main attractions on a Friday or Monday and save the less popular attractions for the weekends.
All in all, I enjoyed KC slightly more than Sequoia, however combined I think they top Yosemite! Amazing scenery and landscapes, and the trees are truly magnificent!
- 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