The Best National Park Campsites: Redwood Canyon

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California
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Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, California
Redwood Canyon

Sweet sixteenth: Camp at Lower Rae Lake in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park for High Sierra splendor. Photo by: Kevin Kaminski Photography

A dispersed camping policy means you can sleep anywhere you like in the heart of this canyon, where the sequoias reach the heavens. But for a campsite with five-star amenities, combine the Sugar Bowl and Hart Tree Trails for a 9.5-mile loop through the park’s largest grove of 300-foot-tall sequoias. The flat spots at the junction where the two trails meet (mile 4.5) will set you up next to Redwood Creek and nestle you in an understory of ferns—you won’t find a softer bed for tree gazing. Trailhead Redwood Canyon Season Summer for wildflowers, fall for solitude Permit $10 per reservation plus $5 /person