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Reviewed July 19, 2012

Is the best campsite if you want a nice view of a meadow. We also spotted a bear in the meadow our first night there. It is a really lovely place, the campsite is also next to a small stream that you can hear at night when falling asleep.

  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with family
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1  Thank MollyLA
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Reviewed July 13, 2012

July, 2012 - Entered by l68 (slight delay for road construction) and immediately began to view the lovely Sequoia's! Lodgepole campsite (we were in #163) is everything you need/want in a campsite. Deer sightings daily, running stream, green trees abound, stars at night that take one's breath away. For the ammenities of home, a nearby clean bathroom, running drinkable water, showers and a great convenient store about 1/8 of a mile from the campground, and plenty of awesome trails and hikes. General Sherman, the largest tree (in mass) in the world is a short hike or tram ride from the campsite. Experience once again showed us: Those who camp are some of the nicest, friendliest people in the world!

Room Tip: Site 163 would be next to a creek, but the creek is dry at this time of year. Quietest section of the campground.
  • Stayed: July 2012, traveled with friends
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5  Thank Deb L
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Reviewed July 4, 2012

This is a great campground as everyone else has said BUT there are plenty of other campgrounds in Sequoia that are just as nice and not as crowded.
This is one of only two campgrounds that takes reservations so they were both full to the brim while the campgrounds that didn't take reservations were almost empty.

After driving around a bit we wished we realized there were plenty of other much better campgrounds for tents.

We had site #3 and it wasn't any nicer than any other campground in the park. Sites 1 to 72 are just average sites. But the tent only along the river a really nice and if you can get them are the best tent campsites in the park.

  • Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
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5  Thank TravelerWithFour
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Reviewed June 18, 2012

We tent camped at Lodgepole mid-week, mid-June right before the busy season. As the other reviews mentioned, the area is gorgeous and definitely worth visiting so I'll just focus on the areas I had concerns about before my trip:

Critters: We saw many animals including several deer, marmots, birds and squirrels but no bears. Mosquitoes were a minor problem at sunrise and dusk so you may want bug repellent.

Weather: Days were hot in the sun, comfortable in the shade and nights were cold. Pack a good sleeping bag and layers of clothing.

Sites: The campground is large but sectioned into different areas which is makes each section feel more secluded. Unless you are with a group, I would recommend sites on the outsides of the loops (the inside loop sites are fairly close to neighbors) or near the river. Happily, the other campers during our trip were all very pleasant, quiet and respectful. Each site is clean and has a fire ring. Bear boxes are at every site and large enough to store all our coolers, toiletries, etc. There are also extra bear boxes throughout the campground if you need more storage space.

Activities: There is so much to do in this area that you need at least two full days just to explore the area. The Crystal Cave tour is very cool and even our 6-year old enjoyed it. Moro Rock hike is amazing but stay away if you are afraid of heights! And the trees are tremendous. The Junior Ranger program is fun and easy for kids and they have a very sweet mini swearing in when they receive their badge. We drove over to the Kings Canyon area which is also beautiful but I felt like I was spending too much time in the car and would have traded that for a long walk in the Sequoia woods if I had to do it over.

Food: We were not too impressed with the food options. There is a small snack bar that serves hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza. Just OK but expensive. The market was also just OK and I noticed that a lot of their canned food had expired about a year ago. But there are no other close options so bringing your own is best.

Overall beautiful area, nice camping and amazing scenery. We were also very impressed with the friendly staff around the park. Take the trip!

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
13  Thank originalmadshopper
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Reviewed June 14, 2012

umm i have nothing to say bad about this place i experienced a beutifal expirence 3 bears 1 every night and a great vacation i recomened it

Stayed: June 2012, traveled with family
2  Thank juergen G
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