Mystery Campsite Found in Sequoia National Park

Officials with Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park need help finding the owner of a mysterious campsite found in the backcountry November 30th.

The campsite seems to have much of the gear and food supplies still in it. No identification from the person who set up the camp has been found. Park Officials dont know if the owner of the gear abandoned the camp or ran into trouble in the wilderness.

The campsite was found by two hikers near the Twin Lakes area out of the Lodgepole trailhead. An orange Marmot brand tent in good condition sits near a fire ring. A backpack leans against a rock and a fishing pole was even left leaning against a tree. The scene looks like a backpacker went off for a short walk.

The park received the report from two hikers who noticed the campsite had not been occupied in more than 24 hours. That report followed a sketchy story from a hiker approximately a week before, but Park officials say that the first hiker did not have much information for rangers to go on.

So far, there are no unresolved reports of overdue hikers, no abandoned vehicles, and no Wilderness Permits that are associated with this situation. Rangers have searched the area, but didn’t find anyone associated with the campsite.

The National Park Service is currently looking for anyone who was in the Twin Lakes area, including those that hiked between Lodgepole or the Twin Lakes trailhead and Silliman Pass since October 31, to contact rangers with any information that could help with the ongoing investigation.

Incident Commander Kyle Nelson says that, we are looking for information about when this camp was set up, so even if someone did not see the camp, that would provide information to our investigation.

If you have any information that could help, call the park dispatcher at 1-559-565-3341.


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