Reserved Camping in Sequia which Campground is best.....

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ana dablam

climber
mother earth
Topic Author's Original Post - Jan 4, 2013 - 10:42am PT
Never camped in sequoia. We'll be car camping with kids and family in august

looks like dorst and lodgepole take reservations.

Anyone been to either one?

What about the group CG there, is that more private?


thanks
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:04pm PT
I do mostly day trips or sleep in my car, but when I camped at Dorst it was quiet and a little more secluded than lodgepole. Lodgepole is larger, has more amenities, very developed camp sites and is in a cool canyon, but it's also usually busier and has more day visitors since it's a popular trailhead. Lodgepole can get colder at night too if that's a factor, but August won't be bad. Hmmm... Better swimming holes at Dorst, but you'll probably be further from water than at lodgepole.

You can't really go wrong either way though, they're close to each other and both great in their own way. Hope you're planning on bringing your climbing gear 'cause you'll be minutes from chimney rocks, big baldy, little baldy, the watchtower, moro rock, buck rock and a few others!

Oh and I've never been in the group campgrounds so I can't help you there.

Enjoy, it's a great area!




Edit: This is just off the top of my head so I might be wrong!



nutjob

Gym climber
Berkeley, CA
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:26pm PT
They all have their charms... Cedar Grove gets you the deepest into the mountains for cool day hikes, like Bubbs Creek or Mist Falls.

But Lodgepole is right next to Wolverton Meadow and a great dayhike to Pear Lake, or going down to Crystal Cave. You will have fun no matter where you end up!
Grampa

climber
from SoCal
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:27pm PT
+1 on Lodgepole.
JEleazarian

Trad climber
Fresno CA
Jan 4, 2013 - 12:39pm PT
I spent my last night in Dorst in the early 1950's, but about all I remember is having a great time with my family.

I go to Lodgepole relatively frequently on day trips, and there are many wonderful hikes ranging from short and easy, such as Tokopah Falls, to rather strenuous (if you're coming up for the day, as I usually do) like Alta Peak (out of Wolverton). I wouldn't overlook the hike to Mitchell Peak, off the General's Highway. Although the distance is modest, and the elevation gain moderate, the view is outstanding.

I would say the scenery at Lodgepole beats that at Dorst by a lot, but Dorst is quieter.

Incidentally, I, too, greatly enjoy Cedar Grove as an alternative to Yosemite Valley. If nothing else, the climbing is much more adventurous, but it's quite a trip from there to the main attractions of Sequoia.

John
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 4, 2013 - 01:06pm PT
Lodgepole. Close to trails, amenities and many of the sights with the exception of those down by Moro Rock and Crescent Meadow. Nut job had a good suggestion with Cedar Grove, but that's in Kings Canyon. It is rad but protected by a long, very twisty drive that will punish kids' stomachs. When mine get a little older, we're there, but not yet.
ana dablam

climber
mother earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 4, 2013 - 01:13pm PT
Any good TR rocks for kids?

what guidebook, if any?
Sewellymon

climber
.....in a single wide......
Jan 4, 2013 - 01:30pm PT
Stayed in Cedar Grove July '11. Very quiet, considering..

Lodgepole is more centrally located, but the sites seemed pretty tightly packed/ not alot of privacy (stayed there B4 a backpack trip last October...).
Fat Dad

Trad climber
Los Angeles, CA
Jan 4, 2013 - 03:21pm PT
One more thing: if it's possible to defer your trip to after Labor Day, do so. The place is a ghost town after the holiday. We had the pleasure of walking thru the big grove all by ourselves.
limpingcrab

Trad climber
the middle of CA
Jan 4, 2013 - 04:29pm PT
Just sent you a PM about guidebooks.

As far a top-ropes, crystal wall at chimney rocks has some. Also, it's really fun to belay off the west side of the railing on top of moro rock, but it's a lot of exposure for little kids. There are random bolts on top of boulders in a few areas too if you look hard enough. Other than that, find a rock, look for bolts or build an anchor, and let them have at it!
ana dablam

climber
mother earth
Topic Author's Reply - Jan 13, 2013 - 07:24pm PT
How competitive is reserve America for dorst in July?
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