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Lodgepole (Sequoia National Park, CA)

Lodgepole is the most popular campgrounds in Sequoia. It is close to the market which also offers showers, laundry services, dining (fast food/deli style). It is about right in the middle between most of the more popular attractions in the park.

The Lodgepole campground tends to be very crowded in the summer. Lodgepole is open for camping through part of the winter months, though the facilities will be closed.

The [Campgrounds_and_Trails:USA/California/NPS/Sequoia_National_Park/Trails/Tokopah Falls|Tokopah Falls] trail begins here at the bridge over the fast moving Kaweah River.

Activities and Attractions

Ranger Talks, fishing, hiking.

Facilities

  • Toilets: flush
  • Showers: yes (at the market, bring lots of quarters)
  • Water: Yes, nearby river
  • RV Hookups: yes

There is also a market and gift shop at the visitor center. Pay phones are also present at the visitor center.

Seasonal Information

Reservations are required during the active months. You can make reservations online by visiting:http://recreation.gov/ or this direct link to the Lodgepole reservation system. You can also register by phone by calling 877-444-6777. Cost were last updated in 2007. Current prices can be found at www.nsp.gov.

If bringing in RVs longer than 22 feet (6.7 meters), use the Kings Canyon entrance instead of the main gate entrance.


Summer

  • Campground open: year around
  • Campground Cost: $20
  • Conditions: Nice, but can be crowded. All facilities are open

Fall/Winter/Spring

  • Campground open: year around
  • Campground Cost: $18 till heavy snows, then $10 (though one year it was free, but VERY cold)
  • Conditions: In the winter, snows can become quite deep (about 6 feet/1.5 meters) and temperatures can fall below 20F (-5C).

Hazards

Year Around

Black Bears are active year around (they do not truly hibernate), so it is important to always lock up your food. Black Bears are usually not aggressive, but will become so after tasting high energy human food. Don't feed the bears, but if they do get your food, don't take it from them (but be sure to notify a ranger of the incident).

Spring and Summer

Mosquitoes are active a month after the snow melts, especially in May/early June. Mosquitoes can carry diseases, but the actual risk of infection is very low in most parts of the world. Mosquitoes are known to carry the West Nile Virus and Malaria organisms (primarily only in south America and Africa). West Nile Virus only poses a danger to the very young, elderly, and those with weakened immune systems. Those with the Sickle Cell trait are not affected as much by Malaria.


Ticks can be found in the tall grass before and after the snow fall. If you find a tick, remove it with fine tipped tweezers by pulling straight out. Do not kill the tick while it's still attached, doing so will cause it to regurgitate into the blood stream greatly increasing the risk of infection. Some species of ticks may carry Lyme Disease, but your actual risk of infection is very low.

Rattlesnakes are active after the weather warms up. They normally won't attack humans and will rattle it's tail to alert you of it's presence. They can be found resting in the shade when the sun is high. Some rattlesnakes may be missing their rattle.

Directions

  • GPS Location: Map
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