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

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Can you say, "Wild ride?"

This 25 mile road will take you 90 minutes or more to drive. The road is one to 1 1/2 lanes, in poor repair, and scary to say the least. Built in the 1920's it hasn't had many... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2015
Ted O
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Colorado
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Three Rivers, California
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12 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The road is traveled by residents and visitors. It can be very dangerous when others are driving in the opposite direction and use the whole road, leaving you with not much room. The road is very narrow and has few guard rails. This is unnerving because there is a possibility that you could go over the edge if you were... More 

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Thank Patricia L
Colorado
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101 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 111 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This 25 mile road will take you 90 minutes or more to drive. The road is one to 1 1/2 lanes, in poor repair, and scary to say the least. Built in the 1920's it hasn't had many improvements since then. This drive is not for the faint of heart. You'll be surprised by the traffic since a lot of... More 

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2 Thank Ted O
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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59 reviews
16 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

If you are going to Sequoia this winding road should be part of your visit. Winding and picturesque this road heads into the mountains.

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Thank greg m
Eagle, Colorado
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54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Many people write about the road up to mineral king. In personal experience having driven the road dozens of time, the road is not terrible, you just need to respect it!!! The first 7 miles or so are county maintained and paved, after that you go through patches of gravel and dirt and asphalt. Don’t expect to drive over 25... More 

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Thank Erica H
Redwood City, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
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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3 Thank Raymond E
San Diego, California
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383 reviews
213 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 231 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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4 Thank TheSpeis
Ventura, California
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14 reviews
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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1 Thank CA_Adventurer55
hollywood, california
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151 reviews
54 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 67 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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1 Thank hollywoodjaxx
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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3 Thank A M
Port Washington, New York
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42 reviews
15 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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