Located in the Giant Sequoia National Monument at 4,800 feet in elevation, this facility is nestled among ponderosa pine, cedar, Sequoia and other conifers. This Forest Service campground is part of the Hume Lake Ranger District in Sequoia National Forest. It is located approximately 80 miles northeast of Fresno, CA, near Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Parks.
Opportunities abound in this beautiful forest setting for hiking, biking and off-road exploring outside of the wilderness area. Trails lead into the Redwood Mountain/Whitaker forest grove of Giant Sequoias.
Eshom Campground is a developed facility with 23 multi-family sites. The campground has two sections, east and west. Vault toilets are provided.
The west section is comprised of two loops, while the east section has a spur ending in a loop. In the west section, campsites 2 through 5 are best suited for slide-ins and tents; potable water spigots are available throughout the loops. Access to Eshom Creek can be found off the west section, where an old road is open to foot traffic only and leads to the creek.
The east section is more rustic. Sites have irregular and informal parking aprons, stone fire rings and no grills. The facility amenities are favorable for a family destination.
The Sequoia's landscape is as spectacular as its trees. Soaring granite monoliths, glacier-torn canyons, roaring whitewater and more await discovery at the Sierra Nevada's southern end.
The Sierra Nevada Mountains support populations of black bears, mule deer, and a variety of squirrels and other small mammals. Many bird species can also be seen.
Eshom Creek runs adjacent to the campground, and many of the sites border the water.
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks are located 25 miles from the campground using Hwy 245, offering more chances to explore the natural beauty of the area.
ADA Access: N
Great little campground that's completely out of the way. Not an easy place to spot a trailer ( have a 22' Genesis Vortex) but it can be done. They have a nice open meadow to view stars at just outside of the campground. The camp host is nice and polite and very helpful. You can shave about 45 off your drive up to the Generals Highway if you can take the Old Sawmill road but I'd recommend 4WD if you aren't into white knuckle experiences and not ruin your suspension. I'd definitely put this on my short list of places to get away from it all.
DON'T follow your GPS, it took us down some sketchy path in Kings Canyon NP that led to some research facility… and the road was off-road and took it's toll on our car. Look for directions on your GPS to Hartland, and at that point there should be signs pointing you to Eshom Campground.
This campsite is packed deep into the woods, and is awesome! If you're looking to get away, this is the place to do it. Steve is the camp host and extraordinarily helpful. Ask him to show you were the clearing is to stargaze-->gorgeous view of the night sky. If you don't go to the clearing, the trees get in the way.
Water is pretty accessible, and facilities are alright.
You have access to Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park, Hume Lake and other great areas. There is fishing as well as great fly fishing
This place is REALLY out there. Seriously. While it is technically in Sequoia, it is very far off the beaten path and usually the roads to get there are super shitty and super winding (not recommended at night unless you're used to those conditions). But that's what keeps this place a secret!
If your camper/trailer is more than 17-18ft, do NOT attempt to come here, you'll probably get stuck on the way. You can get to the Scenic Byway by taking one of the forest routes as a shortcut (I wouldn't recommend it for vehicles that aren't either trucks or 4x4 SUVs…you will bottom-out in anything else, bc the road isn't maintained). I'm not sure how long it takes to get to the main pard via the regular routes.
There are several resident bears in the area, so you MUST take it seriously. Our site was visited nightly but bc we didn't leave food out it was fine. They come for the wild berry patches nearby. The toilets are fine (standard vault toilets) and there is running water. No showers or anything else.
We love how quiet and remote this place is, it's a favorite