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Mineral King Road

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Type: Scenic Drives
Activities: Driving
Description: A challenging scenic road.
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Visalia, California
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161 reviews 161 reviews
58 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
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
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
60 attraction reviews
58 helpful votes 58 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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Nairobi, Kenya
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2012

Had a great time this summer visiting the park. Lots of easy trails for the family to hike. My daughter participated in the junior ranger program which was a very special memory for her. The giant sequoias are an awesome attraction if you haven't lost your sense of wonder. I mean these trees are unbelievable. Lot's of great places for... More

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Versailles France
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25 reviews 25 reviews
10 attraction reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

Both are located in the Sierra Nevada (California) at the latitude of Fresno. The altitude is about 2000 meters for the Sequoia and goes down to about 1000 meters for the King Canyon. In the Sequoia Park, you can drive and see interesting view points and hike as there are several trails. Do not expect large views because the park... More

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new york
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80 reviews 80 reviews
46 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

This road was only big enough for one and a half cars at most. Plus there were a lot of blind spots, and no guardrail of any kind. One mistake and that's it....your history...I prayed all the way up and down everytime I had to drive it.

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Mishawaka
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14 reviews 14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The brochure I read states that this road has 698 tight turns. I think it is correct. The road ends in a valley surrounded by mountains. There are plenty of hikes that go up to gorgeous mountain lakes & waterfalls. A few miles before the end of the road is Silver City, where you can grab a bite to eat.

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Los Angeles, California
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35 reviews 35 reviews
22 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Love the hike at White Chief but if you are out of shape, DO NOT attempt the hike. Make sure you are acclimated to the altitude for a night or two before hiking so you don't get altitude sickness (nausea, vomiting => brain swelling). Take your time and enjoy. Marmots may chew on your radiator hose so park your car... More

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Fremont, CA
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47 reviews 47 reviews
12 attraction reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

It is a nice 25-mile long scenic drive, narrow in some places but wide enough in most places to allow an oncoming vehicle. It is easier if you are in the range of 15-20 mph. If you are coming back from the King's canyon/Sequoia, then the scenery is not extraordinary as you would have seen similar or better already but... More

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