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Sequoia National Forest , CALIFORNIA

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Most Recent Sequoia National Forest Camping Reviews
Lovely campsite by the river - good clean facilities

We loved this river spot even though we were next to one of the smaller parts rather than the main river. If you can try and get one near the main river as it is more picturesque. 

Facilities were clean and well looked after. We had a nice time here.

Short walk into town - couldn't find decent shortcut that wasn't for mountain goats so perhaps just walk along the road to the town. The brewery was a good night out.

Great hideaway

Great hideaway with plenty of dispersed sites. I spent two days here and only seen a handful of vehicles drive through, mostly US Forest Service trucks. Pack in, pack out. No toilets, showers, or water so bring in everything you need. 14 days of free camping every 30 days. A great find to get away from it all.

Quiet winter camping

Cheap $5 nights, fire rings, tables, a hook for lamps. Pretty windy but obviously not something you can control. The views were incredible although you can’t really see Mount Whitney if that’s what you’re looking for. Bathrooms are clean and stocked. Campground wasn’t trashy either

A perfect getaway spot with spectacular views!

The Alabama Hills Recreation Area is the perfect spot for dispersed camping. The Alabama Hills have several rock formations that make finding a private spot relatively easy, especially during off-peak times. The silence, views of the hills and Mt. Whitney, and privacy make this a favorite location of ours and we will be back. It can get cold at night, so pack accordingly, but the stargazing at night is well worth it!

Mother Nature at Her Finest

We heard and read a lot about this place and couldn't pass up the chance to see it for ourselves. We were not let down. This area makes you feel like you are on another planet. The mountains, huge rock formations and expansive valleys make you realize how small we are. It was beautiful to say the least. 

There was snow on the mountains (Mt. Whitney) and the daytime temp hovered around 60 degrees. At night, it was around freezing but the bonfire made it comfortable. The moon was almost full while we were there which made everything light up including the mountains so the view was fantastic even when dark. It did get windy our second night so we hunkered in our camper so plan for wind if you visit. 

The drive out of Lone Pine was easy. The roads getting through Alabama Hills were very well maintained and there wasn't a shortage of places to camp. We had to drive in pretty far, but happened to land on an amazing spot. We have a truck camper but there were cars and larger trailers that made it to camping spots so it's simple. We went out on a Thursday and there were several people there (very far apart) so arriving on a Friday may lead to a challenge finding a spot but if you don't mind driving back further you shouldn't be disappointed.

Other than climbing rocks (which was quite the workout and fun!) there's not a lot for kids to do however, there's not a lot of cactus or other things that want to stick ya so let the kids explore. 

Pack it in/pack it out and leave it like you find it. This area is absolutely gorgeous so enjoy and appreciate. Happy Camping!


Beautiful location that's private and has views for miles.

Gorgeous views

It was really nice to wake up to the view of Mt. Whitney. Very majestic during sunrise and sunset times. I will be revisiting.

Great 4 days in February

Great place to start exploring Sequoia NP. I brought my own shower/toilet tent for 4 night stay. Hardly anyone there. Wonderful stay.

Campsite 13

We camped at site 13 between 2/12 and 2/14. There were restrooms and a large sink that is useful to dump bear attracting water located pretty close.

The campsite itself is fairly large. I would say it lends itself more to tent camping than car or RTT camping. The site is located on a significant slope, this includes the paved parking area and the grass. There are a fire pit, bear box and picnic table located at the site. Be wary, when we went there were numerous large holes that were definitely a trip hazard.

While there were rangers and employees of the park driving around, there were no actual rangers at the kiosk. Additionally, there wasn't a reservation list posted.

First to Review
Tight space and dump use only for guests

We pulled in here to see if we could use the dump and fill our water tank. The park is set up in a u-shape. The road coming in is tight but doable, but once you turn the corner to head out we almost got stuck and had to back our way out!  The turn is so tight, we had to move some decorative rocks just to be able to turn the corner.  Driving out we were able to talk with someone right from her living room window - that's how tight the road was.  We asked if the manager was around because we're looking for a place to dump.  She responded that he wasn't here and as far as the dump "it ain't gonna be here!"

She had to move her flags out of the way so we could squeeze by.

We did see a laundry room on site and lots of stray cats.

This whole facility is a type of mixed use living situation, with RV and trailer spots as well as apartments all in the same place.

Would not recommend.