We just recently stayed in Dorst (6/22-6/27) and very much enjoyed it. There were plenty of trees and our particular campsite (#105) was very large with plenty of level space for our tents. Can't say the same for some of the other sites. When we checked out other sections of the campground, we noticed that the majority of the sites were rather small and had a very limited space for a tent. Bathrooms were nice and clean and alas there are no service sinks in the restrooms like there are in Lodgepole, but
that was not really a big deal (there are no lights in the bathrooms, but that's what our flashlights were for). Gathering wood for a fire was very easy since there was plenty of downed wood just beyond our campsite.
For the first part of the week, the campground was very quiet and tranquil. The campground wasn't full, but there were a lot of campers and they all seemed to be there to enjoy the natural surroundings. Towards the weekend, however, more people showed up and it seemed as though they were more interested in hanging out with their friends then in nature. As for wildlife, we saw plenty of dear and a few bears, some within the campground...2 bears in 2 different meadows and another about 25 yards from our site.
Lodgepole is about a 15 minute drive away and when we went over there we toured the campground and decided that we liked Dorst much better. Lodgepole may be the popular campground, but compared to Dorst, there were a lot less trees and it was much rockier (lot's of big boulders). And, for those of you who just have to have that electronic leash, cell coverage in the campground is non-existent. We found the only place we could get cell service was in the Grant Grove area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Dorst Campground has 204 campsites. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Dorst Campground Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park