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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Activities: Hiking, Backpacking
Description: A good hiking and backpacking area.

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A Hidden Gem

Mineral King would probably be a lot higher on people's to-do lists if it weren't for being secluded at the end of a windy 25 mile road that takes nearly 2 hours to drive. Mineral... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 23, 2015
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San Diego, California
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350 reviews
198 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 217 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Mineral King would probably be a lot higher on people's to-do lists if it weren't for being secluded at the end of a windy 25 mile road that takes nearly 2 hours to drive. Mineral King is a beautiful alpine valley with great hiking & backpacking opportunities. With essentially no services at or near Mineral King coupled with the long... More 

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Fresno, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Mineral King offers a rare opportunity; a chance to visit, hike, fish, camp and explore an uncrowded national park. Everything written about the road is true - it’s long, winding and tedious. Take your time, talk and enjoy the journey. Try any one of the numerous trails, if only for a while. You’ll be rewarded with spectacular Alpine views. Cold... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

The drive in to Mineral King is great - for the passengers! For the driver, it's a constant challenge... Narrow, winding road with steep hills, parts not paved, little signage. Nothing too out of he ordinary for the region, and our little Mitsubishi Mirage rental seemed to survive the trip. When you get to the ranger station at the end... More 

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Warrenville, IL
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158 reviews
90 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2013

As others have stated, the road into Mineral King is narrow and winding. Most of it is one lane wide; most of it is paved. It is very slow moving and there isn't anywhere to stop on the way in. Pack a lunch before heading in. Silver City may have something, but we did not stop so I am not... More 

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Glendale
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21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

If you plan on going here be warned that you WILL spend all day just traveling to and from this place. Make sure you go REALLY early if you plan on hiking. There are active bears there so never hike alone. The road is EXTREMELY bumpy and narrow, and will take you a good 1-2 hours of drive. But believe... More 

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Winchester, Virginia
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414 reviews
303 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 249 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2013

It is only 30 miles but it WILL take you about 1.5 hours to get to the end. The road is narrow, often less than 2 lanes in spots, blind turns, drop offs, bumpy, etc but once you get to the end it will be worth it! The views are incredible and we hiked along the stream for a bit.... More 

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Visalia, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

Long curvy road to get there. Not much as for services. Go here if you have a backpack and food. No real good picnic areas. Mainly a parking lot that serves as a trailhead. If you are willing to take a hike, day hike or overnight you will see alpine country that is hard to see without a long hike.... More 

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

beautiful valley, good hiking trails in all directions. Some private cabins from early 30's. Lovely flowers in season, great snow in winter. Watch for marmots who like to chew the wires in your engine!

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Lindsay, California
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10 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 12, 2012

If you have managed the road up, then enjoy. Just cover the undercarriage of your vehicle if you spend the night. This is God's Country, and you really don't appreciate it, if you have to read a review of Farewell Gap or Big Arroyo, or even Silver City. Stay home.

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2012

Fabulous vistas, great hiking trails, amazing fall colors, the Sierra at its best. The road in is slow and twisty but managable. The campground at Atwell Mill is a gem. The pies at the Cafe at Silver City are the best. But the Mineral King Valley is the star!

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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park

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