Sunset is an alright campground. It's attractive enough and shady. The elevation makes for nice summer days (August). The nights even have a bit of chill to them. Everyone was respectful of others on our trip. We had zero people-related problems. The bathrooms were clean and plentiful. There was never a line. And the campsite is located close to the general store for firewood or whatever else you might need.
Unfortunately, Sunset is boring. There's nothing special or interesting about the campsite. Local hiking is limited to a 4 mile round-trip hike to Sequoia Lake (4000ft descent). It's an attractive hike but a lot of work for a somewhat wimpy water fall and YMCA infested lake surrounded by private roads.
Sunset is covered in a fine layer of tree dust. Pack dark clothing, preferably brown. Or pack white clothing and watch it turn brown. Water runs down the hills in a very weird way, never soaking into the ground but rather becoming soot balls. I'm guessing the dust would just rebound even after getting 12 inches of rain. My tent ended up brown. So did my sleeping bags. This easily ranks as the most dusty campsite I've ever seen.
Odds and ends. Sound carries very far here. It really made me miss the white noise other campsites enjoy. Next time, it'll definitely be a campsite near a river for us. We never saw any wildlife besides a few opportunistic squirrels and chipmunks.
- Also Known As:
- Sunset Campground Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park