We had reservations at Bass Lake for two nights as the first leg of our Yosemite trip, but decided a week before that we wanted to stay the first two nights around Sequoia and Kings Canyon instead, so we nixed Bass Lake and decided to try our luck as a walk-up at Lodgepole. I am SO glad we did. We arrived the Wednesday before Memorial Day and had no trouble getting a spot - there were plenty open. They let us drive around and check them out before deciding on a site and we immediately fell in love with Site 66. Some of the sites sit a bit close to each other, but they are all thoughtfully arranged, with a clear designation for your tent, two picnic tables, the firepit near the bear box ,,, One half of our firepit was ringed by some rocks that would have made a nice seat if we hadn't had our camp chairs. Our tent backed to the side of the hill and sat a little behind the neighboring site, so it felt very private. We had two deer walk right down into our camp site and just kind of hang out there for a bit - definitely a lot of chances to get close to nature here (we saw a bear grazing in a meadow while we were out and about, too).
The bathrooms were the cleanest I've ever encountered at a state park and there are ample water spouts and washing-up stations. The rangers were so friendly. They really want their visitors to have a great experience, and it shows! The nearby Lodgepole Market is pretty expensive (no surprise there) but handy in case you left an essential at home or need to stock up on ice. Showers and laundry are located near the market. Showers are $3 for 10 minutes and unlike some campgrounds, the water stays hot and has good pressure. There's a change machine outside so no need to clean out the piggy banks before you come. Great hiking trails abound - both within walking distance and a short drive/ (free) tram-ride away.
I loved Lodgepole and the whole Sequoia area so much I really didn't want to leave, even though our vacation was continuing at Yosemite. I would have been happy to spend all 5 nights of our trip here. We will definitely be back, and soon!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Lodgepole Campground has 214 sites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Lodgepole Campground Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park
- Lodgepole Campground Ca