I just got back from a family camping trip to Lodgepole. I went with my husband, 3-yr-old son, and my in-laws. We had sites 124 and 125. They are definitely two of the best sites at Lodgepole. The only site better is 128 because it's on the farthest edge of the campground and secluded by fallen trees. Our site 124 has a huge tent pad though so that worked out great for us. Our two sites were about 10-15 feet from the river. The river is low now so we hiked across the rocks to the other side and caught the trail to Tokopah Falls. That was an amazing hike! From the trailhead it's 3.8 miles roundtrip but it's well worth it. Amazing granite walls and green meadows are the scenery you get.
It got pretty cold at night but extra blankets on top of sleeping bags and hand warmers thrown into the sleeping bags was enough to keep us warm. We did have bears visit the campsite each night but they didn't bother anything. As long as everything with any odor at all is kept in the bear locker they move on. As much as we looked on every hike we could not find any bears during the day. Maybe next time.
The Lodgepole Market was a lifesaver. No matter how much you plan ahead there seems to always be things forgotten. The prices aren't too bad but they are more than you would pay at home. Showers are $3 for 10 minutes which is plenty of time to get clean and feel new again! The showers are clean and so are the bathrooms in the campground.
Overall, our family had a great time. We are going to go back next summer when the river is full. I definitely recommend this campground/campsite for anybody who wants to camp in the forest but needs to be close to amenities and attractions.
- 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