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“Nice and Convenient” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Lodgepole Campground

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Mission Viejo, California
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9 reviews
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“Nice and Convenient”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2013

No doubt, Lodgepole campground is by far the better campground for families, with great facilities, convenience and amenities. It's just like at home except that you are camping in the higher altitude forest which is cooler and has tall trees and river. Try to set camp away from the camp sites that are grouped together if you have a choice, e.g. sites 129 - 142. These sites are so close together that you can hear breathing from your neighbors. We camped near there for two nights (in early August) but for me I couldn't get to sleep till after 1 AM because there were at least 4-5 families that camped together with kids running around, music blasting, and the jovial laughing, singing and talking till 1. Don't think rangers care much about enforcing quiet time. But, what the hack, still enjoyed the park tremendously.

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Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

We have been to Lodgpole several times in the past and went again during the last week of August 2013. Obviously, traveling there late in the season, coupled with a lighter than normal snowfall, assured us that the Tokopow (sp) Falls would be down to a trickle, which they were.
Due to the presence of bear lockers for the past few years, it seems as though the black bears have moved elsewhere to seek food, as we neither saw nor heard of any bear activity within the campground. I do have one complaint. In the campsites restroom where we stayed (Site # 187) there was very little space for one to stand and brush their teeth. Most went outside to brush. Also,there was only one sink. Also, there was no shelf to place a shaving kit which, not that I wanted to shave, but I needed space to place my tooth paste, meds, etc. Most other campsites have a small shelf to place these items. At the least, I would recommend a small shelf on the wall adjacent to the sink. The food was plentiful in the store and had just about anything one would need for a pleasant trip. The staff were friendly. The Rangers were visible every day and night which provided a sense of security for my wife. Enjoy your trip.

  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
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Ithaca, New York
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9 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We stayed at Lodgepole for two days and tent camped. Running water, toilets and sinks are very accessible in the park. Campsites are fairly close together but sites towards the back of the campground have a bit more privacy. All sites have bear bins and these are essential as we saw one bear at the adjacent site while we were there. You can actually hike right from the campground to the Giant Sequoia area via the Lodgepole to Sherman trail and connecting trails... and then the awesome part is that you can take a free shuttle back to the campground if you're pooped out from exploring. There's another great trail right from the campground along the creek bed that heads up to a huge granite amphitheater with beautiful scenery. I'd definitely stay here if I come back to the park.

Stayed August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Houston, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2013 via mobile

We just finished staying at this campground last week. Great location for everything we wanted to do. Clean facility. Our only complaint was with the actual campsite design. Site 144 is nice, great view, close to the river. However, site 143 fire ring is literally 2 feet from the tent pad of 144!!!! So unless you rent both sites, I don't recommend 144. We stayed 5 nights. 2 of our 3 different neighbors during our stay WERE respectful. However, it was still unnerving Laying down in the tent and hearing the fire cracking next to your head!!

  • Stayed August 2013
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California
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2013

This campground is really cool. We stayed in spaces 46 and 47 with friends. Each morning deer came through the campground. Our campsites were right on the stream. It wasn't flowing strongly because of the dry season but it had several spots where the water pooled up into nice swimming pools. Most of the Sequoia highlights are very close to this campground including the Giant Forest trail, Morro Rock, and Crystal Cave. A great hike starting right in the campground is called Tokapah Falls. Their is a store that has everything right outside the campground with really good public showers if you are tent camping. We will definitely be back to this campground.

Room Tip: Some of the RV sites do not allow generators and there are no hook ups. If you want to run a generat...
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  • Stayed August 2013, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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Hythe, United Kingdom
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29 reviews
4 hotel reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2013

This campsite has very limited facilities for RV's. At $20 per night, it's expensive. If you're expecting hookups or wifi - forget it! Also we went looking for rv toilet chemicals in the camp shop - there were none and no one knew what we were looking for! However, the venue is right in the centre for the Sequoia's attractions like Crescent Meadow and Moro Rock. If you want Internet - there's free wifi at Wuksachi Lodge and a good meal too. Take the free shuttle bus from Lodgepole and try the Sherman beer, salmon burger with sweet potato fries and honey and lavender ice cream for desert!

Room Tip: We had an rv so not applicable
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  • Stayed June 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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Los Aneles, CA
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7 hotel reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2013

This is the perfect "tweener" (not the age) camping experience! If you do not want to get dirty, see a bug or sleep in a tent-STAY AWAY! On the "flip" side, if having clean nearby restrooms and a comfortable general store with all the amenities is not really "camping"-STAY AWAY! For the middle audience, this is PERFECTION! We have been coming every year for 28 years with and without kids-great views, wonderful smells, local swimming holes, great food, sleeping to the soothing river flow! The daytime weather is a nearly perfect 73-77% (but be prepared for nights of 40-50 degrees). The Sequoia/Lodgepole trees, granite laced mountains and Kaweah River (though low this year) are wonders of nature. The hiking trail to Topokah Falls is a delightful and easy 3.4 miles "round-trip" trek from the campground. The nearby Lakes trails are moderate but "breathtaking"-3 pristine lake masterpieces (Heather, Emerald and Pear) on a 6.2 mile trip-take a lunch and spend the day. Also, there is Crystal Cave, Moro Rock, General Sherman Tree (largest in the world), and if you are lucky-BEARS! The only thing missing are the hideous Yosemite crowds and car exhaust! A continual GEM of a camping experience!

Room Tip: For next year reserve ahead of time right on the Kaweah River!
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  • Stayed July 2013, traveled with family
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Property: Lodgepole Campground
Address: One-half mile east of Lodgepole Visitor Center, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Location: United States > California > Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
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Ranked #2 of 20 Specialty Lodging in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park
Number of rooms: 205
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