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camping in Sequoia
May 19, 2007 11:46AM
I was told I could ask this question in here - so hopefully someone can help me! I want to take a large family group camping in the Sequoia National Park/Forest around the first week in August (3 or so sites or one group one). I want to be in or near the Giant Sequoias, be near a place to swim (if possible...lake or river), but also be able to make reservations. I was considering Dorst or Lodgepole but there is no place to swim, and I think they are booked anyway. I was also considering Hume Lake, but they don't seem to take reservations (or do they?) Any suggestions??? thanks!
avatar Re: camping in Sequoia
May 19, 2007 12:18PM
Camp in Cedar Grove in Kings Canyon. You will have no problem finding a campsite. Hume Lake/Grant Grove/Boyden Cavern are all within minutes of driving. Hiking trails abound. Kings Canyon is every bit as beautiful as Yosemite without the crowds. A side trip from there is the giant forest on the Generals Highway, a windy but easy half-day trip to General Sherman tree. Sequoia/Kings Canyon parks are like going to church.

Take Hwy 180 out of Fresno up past the entry gate, hang a left, go down the hill. You will not be disappointed.
Re: camping in Sequoia
May 21, 2007 08:13AM
Regarding Lodgepole, actually, swimming can be accompliished in the river there (it is pretty shallow come August, but its great for the kids) and I have never had too much trouble getting some late camping reservations there...much less crowded or busy than Yosemite before I wrote it off, I'd give it a try. Crystal cave is nearby, as are nice small-summit day hikes like the Baldies, and the walk up to Tokopah Falls is gorgeous.

Having said that, King's Canyon is also sweet and well worth your time. I am not sure if there are great places in the canyon to swim, but there may be some. It will be *warm* there!





Wilderness forever,
Bruce Jensen
avatar Re: camping in Sequoia
May 21, 2007 12:10PM
http://www.reserveamerica.com/ca/Hume_Lake/Campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?agency=NRRS&parkId=1547

I think you posed this question in another forum. I don't think it's been possible to actually camp among the sequoias since lodging and campgrounds in Giant Forest Village was removed in the late 90's. A campground is not the best thing for the health of sequoia trees with their extremely shallow root systems. Oh - you might also try Stony Creek Campground.

http://www.reserveamerica.com/ca/Stony_Creek_/_Sequoia/Campground/r/campgroundDetails.do?agency=NRRS&parkId=1554

I rather like the idea of building boardwalks to mitigate soil compaction like they did at Muir Woods NM. Coast redwoods also have shallow root systems that spread out.



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