I have camped many, many places in my lifetime and this is one of my top three so far! My friend and I drove from the central coast of cali to Lodge Pole in one day and we only stayed here for one night. (The next day we started off on a backpacking trip.) But the time spent at Lodge Pole was so enjoyable that my friend brought her family and friends back to stay again!
The camp sites are not boxed up like a checkerboard but rather they are nestled in their own secluded spots. All sites have bear lockers and are highly enforced because we did see a bear the morning we woke up. There is a visitors center right outside the campgrounds and the hosts are well informed. The restrooms and facilities for the center have running water and flushing toilets, no porta-potties. Sleeping there was great (really depends on your sleeping equipment) but all major rowdy camp neighbors were asked to keep it down by the camp host at about 10pm. :)
The general vibe and terrain is by far amazing! I highly recommend this campsite to many if you are looking for a convenient but still outdoorsy experience. Oh, and you cannot beat the prices. However make sure to enter the park on a full tank of gas. We entered the park from the West (driving through Fresno) and filled up in Fresno so as to avoid the more expensive gas stops right before you enter the park. The winding road to Lodge Pole is a long one so please fill up. There are gas stations in the park, I believe, but it's overpriced due to location.
- 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