Camping at Sequoia National Park

Camping at Sequoia National Park
Stand next to the largest tree in the world, the General Sherman, at Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park in California. The combination of Sequoia and Kings Canyon made into one park provides opportunities to feel dwarfed hiking through the monstrous and majestic sequoia trees. Spend a few days backcountry camping on the many trails and camping areas of the park. Or stay at one of the designated front-country campgrounds and day hike.

Sequoia

Sequoia has a number of campgrounds reachable by car, which you can park. The Lodgepole or Dorst Creek campgrounds are the only two where reservations are taken. The other campgrounds are first come, first served. Reservations for Lodgepole or Dorst may be made by phoning the ranger office or online. Pets are allowed only if leashed and may not be left unattended or in parked vehicles. Be bear aware and store food securely and according to posted rules. Open fires are allowed, but take care to check updated and posted rules on bans or restrictions during your stay.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700
559-565-3341
nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm
sequoia.national-park.com/camping.htm#seq

Kings Canyon

The Kings Canyon section of the national park has several campgrounds for tent and RV use. The Azalea, Crystal Spring, Sunset and Canyon View campgrounds are available for camping between April and October (or until snows prevent use). RV sites are primitive and there are quiet hours posted when generator use is not permitted. Pets are allowed in campgrounds but must be leashed at all times. Black bears roam the park and are savvy on how to break into vehicles to get food. Store food according to posted rules for your safety and the bear's. Campsites are given on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks
47050 Generals Highway
Three Rivers, CA 93271-9700
559-565-3341
nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/campgrounds.htm
sequoia.national-park.com/camping.htm#kin

Backcountry Camping

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park has more than 850 miles of backcountry hiking trails. Backcountry camping is allowed on a permit basis. Backcountry permits are available through the ranger office. While not mandatory, bear-resistant canisters are highly recommended by park staff. Rentals are available through the ranger office. No wood gathering is allowed and the cutting of trees or limbs for firewood is forbidden. Rangers ask you adhere to the leave-no-trace ethic of backcountry travel and pack out what you pack in. Bring a water filtration system. Among the many trails in the park is the Mount Whitney Trail, letting you hike up California's highest mountain.

Article Written By Eric Cedric

A former Alaskan of 20 years, Eric Cedric now resides in California. He's published in "Outside" and "Backpacker" and has written a book on life in small-town Alaska, "North by Southeast." Cedric was a professional mountain guide and backcountry expedition leader for 18 years. He worked in Russia, Iceland, Greece, Turkey and Belize. Cedric attended Syracuse University and is a private pilot.

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