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Mineral King Road

Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A challenging scenic road.
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
Owner description: A challenging scenic road.
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Clovis, California, USA
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34 reviews 34 reviews
4 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 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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22 reviews 22 reviews
11 attraction reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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
Top Contributor
201 reviews 201 reviews
68 attraction reviews
3,813 helpful votes 3,813 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
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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
3 helpful votes 3 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
63 helpful votes 63 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
14 helpful votes 14 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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29 reviews 29 reviews
11 attraction reviews
27 helpful votes 27 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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112 reviews 112 reviews
58 attraction reviews
79 helpful votes 79 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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20 reviews 20 reviews
13 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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