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Lodgepole Campground
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Reviewed July 13, 2007

We camped at Lodgepole for 3 nights over the 4th of July. After reading up on the area I was very concerned about bears. Therefore, we chose a sight surrounded by other campers, packed our food in ziplocs, and tried not to bring "overly odorous" foods. Well, 4 1/2 days in the parks and we didn't see one bear. However, other in our campground did.

We were in site 155. the bear box provided was much larger than their website says. It accomodated our 2 coolers plus some extra space. The restrooms seemed to be cleaned each day. There were 4 flush toilets and 2 sinks for each gender in our part of the campground. Pay showers were available down at the store.

The creek was beautiful. My kids loved playing in it. There were several sections of it that could be used to "swim" - you really couldn't go anywhere, but could get your whole body wet.

Each campsite had a bear box, a fire pit with a grill and a picnic table.

Our only complaint was loud neighbors. People read that quiet time is from 10p.m. to 6 a.m. and think that it is OK to have their kids practice violin at 6:45 a.m. You know, it's a campground and we were in a tent, what do you expect.

The campers on the fringe of the campground saw the most wildlife - bears included.

Overall, wonderful scenery & lots of hikes. We felt very safe here. Would stay here again.

  • Stayed: July 2007, traveled with family
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8  Thank jonna30
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Reviewed June 11, 2007

June 8, 2007.
Spent 4 days at the Lodgepole campgrounds, located in the Sequoia National Park. Had great time. Campgrounds were well taken care of and very well monitored by the Parks Service. Had everything one needs; groceries, laundry, showers and phone service.
Plenty of room for our 36 Ft RV. Roads were narrow and sometimes steep. BUT, not dangerous for this size vehicle.
Bus Shuttle service available to take you to other areas of the park.

10  Thank Z-Mann5
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Reviewed March 21, 2007

I have been doing a lot of camping in the recent past and I have to admit that the lodgepole campground has been the best so far.
I booked my site from [--] and it gets filled up completely during summer. so make sure to book your sites in advance.

Iam not sure of the number of sites in this campground but I know that there 4 sites which are right next to the beautiful creek. they are the best ones to choose.

The sites are pretty well spaced out which gives you your privacy.
The site comes with a fire ring, stone benches around it to relax, table- bench and bear container.

You may not be able to park your cars within your campsite. However, the parking lot is not more than 25 feet. Each campsite gets an assigned parking area.

Of course these sites are frequently visited by bears, so make sure not to leave any food items and other toiletries (including toothpaste,perfumes etc) outside the bear container.

We happened to spot a deer running across the creek..The water was pretty cold in the time we went (Jun 2006).

The creek running right next to these sites,makes the campground a bit cold at nights.

To sum up, I would say, this is one great place to camp and have some adventure!

Stayed: March 2007
9  Thank vijapp
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Reviewed October 5, 2006

Well, I promised I'd come back to tell you how it went..... it was awesome!! My son was pretty impressed with the campsite I had chosen without ever seeing it before. Upon checking in at the ranger station, both rangers commented about the site I picked saying "thats one of the best ones"....but heck! It is THE best one out of all tent sites in my opinion. You know how everyone enjoys their privacy and seclusion when camping blah bla bla? Well.....there was no campsite to the right of us (like they never made one for camping at all) and the site on the left was a good distance away.

Contrary to what people have been posting on here about Lodgepole being crowded in the summer... yes its true but the problem lies at those sites that are all bunched up together down the hill. Keep driving on the upward loop and they begin to spread out.

Now the ultimate kicker of our site...... the RIVER!! was right there! Ours had to be the only tent site that had the closest access to this secluded little sandy area for fishing or wading. Literally from our picnic table it was about 8 or 9 steps before you hit water. In early July, the sound of the water was very moderate and it made the site a lot colder after dark so beware, we were freezing! Thank Goddess for tent heaters heheh.

Lastly, bears have been sighted roaming around and it is a high priority for the rangers to tell everyone about the consequences of feeding them. I have included a pic of a bear box so you can see its size and an idea of what can fit into it.

Oh btw thats the other thing I wanted to share. IF ANYONE is visiting Lodgpole there is a 3 mile trail called Tokopah Falls that is only accessible thru the campground and I'm so glad we did it because it was beautiful and well worth it.... that is where we saw our wild bear on the trail next to us, foraging.

Enjoy your parks!
Jay

  • Stayed: July 2006, traveled with family
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87  Thank Aquarian76
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Reviewed October 1, 2006

We stayed at the Lodgepole Campground on September 30, 2006. For car camping, this is a very good campground. We booked our tent site online through the National Park Service, which is highly reconmended, as Lodgepole is the only campground in the park that takes reservations during the off season. You will find that after summer, many of the Sequoia/Kings Canyon campgrounds close for the season and the ones that don't are on a first come basis. Also, the online reservation system through the National Park Service seemed to indicate that there were plenty of sites, however, when we got there Lodgepole was full. Although it was full campground it was very quiet. They do a good job of spacing out the sites, so you are not right on top of one another, plus the sound of the river muffles some noise as well.

Finally, a little warning. There are NO showers at the Lodgepole Campground. There are showers at the Lodgepole Market and Visitor Center, however, they were only open from 9:00am to 5:30pm. Not good if you want to hike all day and then take a hot shower.

  • Stayed: September 2006, traveled with family
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19  Thank NHVT
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