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

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Eagle Lake day hike/Absolutely beautiful

My husband and I did a day hike to Eagle lake, an alpine lake. It was absolutely stunning. The hike itself was a little over 5 miles one way and not easy but totally worth it... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
S. B
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I did a day hike to Eagle lake, an alpine lake. It was absolutely stunning. The hike itself was a little over 5 miles one way and not easy but totally worth it. If you want to overnight there are places around the lake to pitch a tent but you'll have to get park permission. The water... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2015

Hike up to Sawtooth Pass for views that go all the way to Mt. Whitney, and if you're up for some boulder scrambling, go all the way up to Sawtooth Peak. Phenomenal 360 degree views of the high Sierra and its subranges and foothills from there. That is all easily doable in one day if you're in hiking shape. For... More 

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Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2015

One of the best access points to the high Sierras from the west. Be ready for drivable one lane access road. Minimal services at the far end, but great high mountains, forests, wild life and solitude (if you hike a bit).

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Santa Clarita, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2015

It is hard to get to Mineral King Valley, the road is so narrow and sometimes scary, but the view is awesome. When you get there, you can't believe that place exists!!! It is kind of enchanted area, where you can see a river, animals, and all the untoched nature around. My husband got so amazed, he didn't want to... More 

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Tehachapi, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

This is a spectacular area to visit. A favorite for backpackers, due to the high elevation of the trailhead. It's kind of hard to get to, due to the windy road. But that keeps it uncrowded. CAUTION... You can't leave any food, or even an ice chest in your car. The bears know what an ice chest looks like. Also... More 

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Eagle, Colorado
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

There are too many fantastic things to say about Mineral King. You are at the doorstep to great hiking in the back country and long day hikes. Not too many families make the trek up the 25 mile winding road, which helps weed out the non hiking folk. From Mineral King you can hike a few days out to Mt... More 

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Simi Valley, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

Ok first we have to talk about the ride up there.... yes, it sucks! The road to Mineral King is very narrow where two cars cannot fit at the same time, so many drive right down the middle of the road!! I felt like at any blind corner we were going to have a head-on collision and fall off the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2015

I almost didn't review Mineral King because I don't want the place overrun. I've been coming here since I was a little girl; it's wilderness at its best. There is a ranger station here and a no-frills campground (i.e. no showers, faucets for running water; pit toilets). Mineral King is the head of oodles of day and overnight-type trails, most... More 

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Versailles, Kentucky
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

Once you check General Sherman and the Giant Forrest off the list, head to mineral king and don't leave! This is by far the best hiking and there are no crowds. These are much harder hikes so most of the visitors to the other side of the park would die halfway into them-

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Grants Pass, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2015 via mobile

If you're looking for a quiet vacation in a National Park that's out of the way and secluded you will love Mineral King...as long as you don't mind a 23 mile 1 1/2 hour one-lane winding road and limited accommodations. I was fortunate enough to have stayed in a friend's cabin which was wonderful. Other lodging options include cabins at... More 

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