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Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park - Looking for recommendations

Discussion in 'Northern California' started by eon_blue, Mar 24, 2019.

  1. Jun 10, 2019 at 1:12 PM
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    eon_blue

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    Ah sorry for the late reply, meant to post a follow up!

    So the trip went really well, there was still some snow up there but not a lot...all the roads were opened as of the weekend we went up there. Still pretty cold once you got up into higher elevations, granted this was over a month ago now though.

    We were there for 2 nights, the first day we rolled into Potwisha campground which is pretty close to the entrance into the Sequoia National Park. We didn't have reservations as I had thought it wouldn't be that busy that weekend, but I was wrong. We got really lucky and found the last open spot at Potwisha, especially considering Potwisha and Buckeye Flat were the only two (developed) campgrounds that were open at that time of year and Buckeye was full.

    Ideally I wanted to disperse camp both nights we were there, but because the dispersed camping in Kings Canyon was another 1.5 hr drive up into the mountains and there were no guarantees anything was available/accessible, we decided to camp at Potwisha the first night. Was pretty hot there during the day at the low elevation.

    Day 2 we traveled up into Kings Canyon and along the Kings Canyon highway, which was absolutely beautiful. Along the way there were many spots right off the road alongside the river that you could camp on. However, most of them had signs saying "No Campfires Permitted" and we wanted a campfire (was much colder up there).

    So we found a fire road off Kings Canyon Hwy that went up into the mountains a bit, I don't remember the name of it but it was on the Dispersed Camping Map that the Visitors Center gave us (very helpful to grab if you go up there). We ended up camping there the 2nd night all by ourselves surrounded by the redwoods with a nice warm campfire at night. It was beautiful.

    And to top it all off, we found out a few weeks later that my wife got pregnant on that trip lol (been trying awhile).



    Potwisha Campground

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    River along the Kings Canyon Hwy

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    2nd night's camping spot (dispersed)

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    Last edited: Jun 10, 2019
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