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65745 Big Meadow Rd (FS 13S11), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA   |  
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“A MUST”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

Sequoia High Sierra Camp is physically beautifully designed. The Architecture, design and location are truly amazing. There is a nice common space, big room with fireplace, a library. It's inviting, comforting and warm.

The food is very, very good. Anything you want, they have, fresh berries. Superb dinners. I am a vegetarian and was pleased with all meals and choices.

The owners have a southern graciousness, pure hospitality.
The tents didn't feel like tents. Seeing them all illuminate at night was truly magical.
People were all travelers sharing an interest in people and travel.
The only down side was the trek to the bathhouse. If you need to get up in the middle of the night, walking to bathroom with lantern at night was a bit far.
The bathhouses are spotless.

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
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    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Atlanta GA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

When you book the High Sierra camp it is not only an ordinary vacation, it is an experience! After spending some days in Carmel and going to stay for a week in San Francisco we were looking forward to this " experience". What a great time we had!
You are surrounded by the most perfect nature setting, the food is outstanding, the cabins are beautiful and comfortable, the views unforgettable, the folks who run the camp are absolutely wonderful and helpful. You can hike, spend some quiet time and make wonderful friends.
I recommend this to anybody who values nature, a unique experience and being pampered for a few days in the High Sierras. You will never forget it. We loved it!

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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

We stayed at the Sequoia High Sierra Camp (SHSC) the nights of July 26, 27, 28 2013. Our initial plans were to stay only 2 nights but we enjoyed it so much, we extended it an extra day.

Getting There: It’s about 12-13 miles off Sequoia National Park’s Generals Highway. The first part is paved and the and the last few miles are a bumpy dirt road. It is recommended you drive a “high clearance” vehicle on the dirt road to the parking lot for the camp. Not a problem in any case. A family of four that we met there drove a Toyota Camry, so it’s doable if you are a careful driver.

Part 2 of getting there is the hike from the Marvin Pass Parking lot to the SHSC. The initial grade is a little steep but it levels off for most of the hike to the camp. There are helpful “SHSC” signs all along the way to guide you to your destination

Upon Arrival: We arrived in the middle of the afternoon and checked in. There were delicious cookies and cold refreshing drinks (and tea etc.) available upon arrival. A nice touch, and the first experience of being pampered at 8,500 feet in the forest.

The cabins were gorgeous! We have been to the Yosemite High Sierra Camps many times and found these to be (1) about twice as large, (2) luxury appointed with nice rugs and high thread-count linens with plenty of blankets, (3) private – you do not share the tent with others as you do in Yosemite, and (4) they are widely spaced for added privacy

The Showers and Restrooms were immaculate! They provide towels and wash clothes in your tent cabin and provide Shampoo, Conditioner, and Bath Soap in the showers. The showers and dressing area are large and the water hot. The bathrooms were the cleanest of any in a camping area I have ever seen. There was an electrical outlet in the restroom and a table with extra hand soap, and towels.

Meals: The food is to die for. First, somewhere between 17:00 and 18:00 guests start to congregate in the large dining Pavilion for an unofficial Happy Hour. Beer and Wine are available for purchase. You run a tab for whatever you consume and pay for it at checkout – so no need to carry cash or credit cards with you to dinner. Around 18:00 they bring the guests a plate of tasty Hors d'oeuvres (this is course #1). At 19:00 you are seated (with whomever you choose) for dinner. Then you are served the other 4 courses starting with soup, then salad, then the main course, and finally desert. They have a professional chef who does a fabulous job with all aspects of the food and, as you will read in other reviews, the food is fabulous.

Special Needs: I had some special dietary needs and informed the camp of them before arriving. They accommodated all my needs extremely well. The food is NOT served family style, each person is served the same food individually but they always managed to keep track of my special needs and get me the right dinner, which was a little different than all the others. One of the owners, Suzanne, was particularly attentive to my unique needs and always worked with the chef and me to make each meal perfect.

The evening meal ends about sunset – and what a fabulous sunset it is. The Pavilion is situated on the side of a hill overlooking the forest below, and mountains far away with the sun setting behind them. There was a gorgeous sunset very night – take your camera to dinner!

Breakfast was equally as good as dinner in my opinion. There are bowls and platters of many varied and tasty fruits, home-made granola, toast, and fresh baked scones. Of course coffee and teas, and my favorite, an Omelet station where you order an Omelet any way you want it.

There is a camp store that is self-serve and on the honor system. You can buy T-Shirts, Hats, Mugs, fleece, etc. and you tell the staff what you bought and they put it on your tab which you settle when you check out. Very convenient.

The staff was very polite, and helpful. Mostly college kids living the dream of working in a place like this for the summer. The owners, Burr and Suzanne, were VERY nice and kept things running to provide the best guest experience possible.

Final comments: I read the reviews on Trip Advisor before going and saw a few negative reviews that initially concerned me. After closer inspection however, I saw that several of them (at least 3) were 5 years old and stemmed from ONE loud, drunken group of campers who were being inconsiderate to the rest of the guests with their loud partying and noise. I read that Burr got quite firm with the inconsiderate group, which actually helped make my decision to go to the camp. Most visitors do not go there to party and make noise. I suspect most are like me and my wife who value the peace and quiet of the mountains and forest and do not want a bar-like atmosphere. The bad reviews in July 2008 were from childish members of that group who didn’t like being asked to be quiet and considerate. I found it amusing that 3 of the reviews complained about the tents not being “bug proof” or “sealed”. This was clearly a red flag indicating these people are clueless about camping in the High Sierras (or anywhere else for that matter).

Recommendation: If you want a peaceful and pampered wilderness experience then I highly recommend the Sequoia High Sierra Camp. However, if you just want a place to party in the woods, I would not recommend it (unless you book the entire camp) because I plan to go again and do not want to run into people who disrespect the other guests and the peaceful setting at the camp. 5 STARS!!!

  • Stayed July 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2013 via mobile

A friend and I recently made the drive deep into the park and mad the one mile walk up the trail to the camp. Set at roughly an altitude of 8300 feet, we arrived at the beautifully constructed base camp idyllically set to an incredible sunset vista and a four course meal worthy of an an excellent restaurant anywhere. It's a bit of an uphill jaunt to most of the 'tents' which are large canvas structures on a concrete base. All of the bedding is provided and was very comfortable. It really is a happy medium between enjoying the outdoors without the hassle and great meals throughout. There are trails of all levels easily accessed. We spent one day on a 12 mile trek with a great swim and lunch at a beautiful lake set against high rising cliffs at the halfway point. We met other fun fellow travellers in the warm setting. We spent three nights and would return in a heartbeat!

Stayed July 2013, traveled with friends
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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2012 via mobile

A great place to come back to after a long mountain hike. Hot shower, delicious 5 course meal, glass of wine, gorgeous sunset, comfortable bed, lovely tent. Wonderful friendly service.

Amazing hikes to Lookout peak, Mitchell peak, Seville Lake, and Rowell meadow, Comanche meadow. We saw an elf owl, ca quail, marmot.

No phones, tv, cellphone, wifi, yea!

  • Stayed September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Costa Mesa, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2012

Over the long Labor Day Weekend, my wife and I enjoyed a very comfortable stay at the Sequoia High Sierra Camp (SHSC). Set 12.5 miles away from the main road and up above 8000 feet, the SHSC allowed us to "unplug" from our lives for a few days. I literally mean "unplug" because the camp is so remote that you have no cellular access, no landlines, no TV, no WIFI, etc. Nothing but the beautiful surroundings and warm conversation with fellow guests to distract you. Absolute bliss!!!

The SHSC is completely off the grid. They have their own fresh water well and diesel generator to power the lights in the restrooms and dining hall. They use propane for cooking and heating the hot water showers.

The owners, Burr and Suzanne, made every effort to make us feel at home. Bruce, the Chef, amazed us all with the 5 course dinners that he created. My wife is Vegan, and I had notified Burr and Suzanne a week before our arrival of her diet. Bruce created a Vegan menu that consisted of independent gourmet Vegan dishes, not just sides, to "wow" my wife and make those of us meat eaters rethink our diets. Suzanne had soy milk and hummus on hand as well prior to our arrival to make my wife a very happy woman. In fact, Bruce deftly managed 7 separate dietary needs amongst the 27 campers during our trip and left us all fat and happy at the end of the day. (NOTE: Due to the remoteness of the camp, my recommendation is to let the owners know at least a week in advance of any dietary needs so that they can plan with Bruce to amaze you).

The best part for us was the wonderful conversation with the other guests. We met people from all over California, Arizona, and England (Oli and Sarah, congrats again on the engagement!) With no electronic distractions, conversation flowed along with the French wine and Sierra Nevada beer. Dining is a group affair; a highlight of our trip.

Treat yourself to this special place!

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 3 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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San Diego
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2012

While Sequoia High Sierra Camp states on their website that they are a luxury retreat that “caters to vegetarians and those with special dietary needs,” the latter could not be less true. If you are a vegetarian that appreciates good, high quality food and expects more than “larger versions of everyone else’s side dish” for your meal, SHSC is not the place for you.

The accommodations are lovely. The bathhouse is a welcome amenity after a long day hiking the trails. And the natural beauty of SHSC is astounding. This place has so much potential, and as an outdoor loving, backpacking couple wanting a change of pace to celebrate my birthday, these things did not disappoint.

The food, however, is another story. We spent our evenings reminding the staff that we were vegetarians, sending food back, waiting for the chef to struggle together something to feed us and then feeling uncomfortable and disappointed by being served large versions of everyone else’s side dish and other poorly thought out choices. When booking our trip, we let the owners know that we were vegetarians, and we would have expected some forethought into our meal choices – especially for $250 per person per night. This is a situation you expect to encounter at an acquaintance’s wedding – not at a luxury retreat.

When we left to check out, no one asked us how our stay was. When we let the owners know via email, they acknowledged that the situation was not ideal for us, offered no semblance of an apology and illustrated that they pretty much did not care about our experience. We are unlikely to go back to SHSC for these reasons and would caution guests with any type of dietary restriction from spending the money at Sequoia High Sierra Camp. This place sells an “experience,” not just accommodations, and we were pretty disappointed.

  • Stayed August 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 65745 Big Meadow Rd (FS 13S11), Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Amenities:
Beverage Selection Free Breakfast Free Parking Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly )
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Ranked #2 of 18 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $$$$
Number of rooms: 36
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Sequoia High Sierra Camp offers a rare opportunity to explore the spectacular background of California's Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks – while enjoying the deluxe furnishings, guest amenities and friendly hospitality that are hallmarks of this secluded mountain retreat. You can experience the parks like no other hotel or lodge in the area. ... more   less 
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