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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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Monarch Lakes Trail (Sawtooth Trailhead)

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 29, 2013
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Warrenville, IL
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Jacksonville, Florida
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30 reviews 30 reviews
10 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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147 reviews 147 reviews
83 attraction reviews
135 helpful votes 135 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 21 reviews
18 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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370 reviews 370 reviews
261 attraction reviews
223 helpful votes 223 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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14 reviews 14 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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85 reviews 85 reviews
60 attraction reviews
69 helpful votes 69 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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34 reviews 34 reviews
10 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
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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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Peekskill, New York
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96 reviews 96 reviews
11 attraction reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

figure on driving at least 1 1/2 hours but the rewards a great. Wonderful views, great hiking opportunities and great starting point for a multi day back pack

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Atlanta, Georgia
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187 reviews 187 reviews
84 attraction reviews
122 helpful votes 122 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2012

If you don't like curvy, narrow, no shoulder roads... stay home. Great views. Before the end is a private resort called Silver City. If they are open stop for pie. Great coffee too. We tried a trail at the end of the road but it wasn't well marked.

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