When we were planning our hike to Alta Peak we contemplated trying to make it a day trip but 10 hours of driving and an 8 hour hike all in one day sounded a little nuts so we picked the closest campground and decided to make it a weekend trip.
We decided to try out Lodgepole Campground because it was only 10 minutes from the Alta Peak trailhead. We got really lucky! This ended up being one of my favorite spots that we've camped at. They have a really nice visitors center, a market, vending machines, an amphitheater, and it was really large and clean!
Since its so late in the season all the campsites are walk in only. There are 200 sites so we decided to take a chance and hoped there would be an open spot when we arrived.
We ended up getting there really really late around 11:00pm and surprisingly the campground was almost full with a few open spots here and there. We drove around looking for a decent spot and decided #90 was the best option. It was on a little hill and was the most secluded of all the open spots, we really enjoyed it. They had a perfect flat spot marked out with rocks for the tent, a fire ring, picnic table, big bear box, and the cutest table made from a sequoia tree. Oh and most importantly it was right across from the restrooms and running fresh water. Not bad for only $22 a night!