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Address: , Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Activities: Driving
Description: A challenging scenic road.

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Not for the Faint of Heart

On the way up, count on having to back up at least once or twice to allow oncoming downhill vehicles to pass when road narrows to one lane. You are lucky to have 3 feet of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
Raymond E
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Redwood City, California
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Redwood City, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

On the way up, count on having to back up at least once or twice to allow oncoming downhill vehicles to pass when road narrows to one lane. You are lucky to have 3 feet of clearance to the edge of the road, so know how to back up using your side mirrors. No room for error here, and be... More 

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San Diego, California
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357 reviews
199 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 219 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

The Mineral King Road is 25 miles long, windy, generally one lane, & steep. There is some nice scenery (that the driver won't be able to appreciate much) but mostly it's just the way to get to the amazingly beautiful alpine valley of Mineral King. There are no services along the route so have all the food, gas, water, etc.... More 

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Ventura, California
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5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2015

There are some beautiful views along this mountain drive, but avoid having to drive it in the dark as our first drive was. Interesting old bridge, waterfalls and river views for some great photos. Two lane road, rough in spots, with a few pullouts is not for the faint-hearted or those with a fear of heights to drive.

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hollywood, california
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47 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

It's closed this time of year, but Mineral King is definitely worth the drive...what a payoff! Good dayhiking and a great way to catch Mt Whitney from the back, with way better scenery than any other route that I know of.

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Clovis, California, USA
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49 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

I rode Mineral King maybe 10 years ago. The tips are to ask at the Ranger kiosk if the store at the end is open. It's one road in and one out. 520 something in 25 miles each way. You'll go at a crawl up to maybe 25-35mph. Totally worth it. Have your own gas, snacks, water. Cell service? Not... More 

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Port Washington, New York
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31 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

A long and winding mountain road, but incrdibly beautiful. Be sure to have a meal at the Ol' Buckaroo food truck in Three Rivers! Food is local, frsh, organic and delicious.

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Some people might not give good reviews because of the accident here, but then again, who to blame? nature for being beautiful or people for being dumb? I guess is an easy answer here, I really enjoy going to Mineral King specially because of the road, very narrow but with amazing views all the way inside the park, I really... More 

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Three Rivers, California
2 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2013

I know three people who actually survived going over the side on this road! On some sections "going over the side" can mean an almost sheer drop of 600-800 feet! Often times those drivers who are intimidated, drive way too close to the middle of the road presenting a "head-on" collision opportunity for the unsuspecting driver coming around a blind... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

The year was 1971 and my youngest brother and I began the drive up the road in my `65 Opel wagon to check out the camping as our parent`s and sister were going to follow us in their station wagon and 15` travel trailer. Almost a mile up that steep road I had to lighten the load which had my... More 

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Ridgecrest, California
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90 reviews
62 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Getting to Mineral King Valley is an adventure - the narrow dirt road clings to the side of a hill most of the way, but affords lovely views, and the Valley is worth it!

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