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“Sequoia and King Canyon National Park” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Mineral King Road

Mineral King Road
Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
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Type: Scenic Drives, Landmarks
Activities: Driving
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Owner description: A challenging scenic road.
Versailles France
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“Sequoia and King Canyon National Park”
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 is covered by trees. Of course the most interesting trees are the sequoias, of which the "Sherman Tree" is the largest tree in the world ! The "Grant Tree" (on the road to the King Canyon) is just a little bit smaller. The road in the park is rather slow and there are not so many parkings.
The King Canyon park has a "V" shape ; there are not so many trees in this park but the views are spectacular. The road goes down from the Sequoia park and follow afterwards the river at the bottom ; you return by the same road. You find also trails especially at the end of the road. When I was there (October 2012) the Sequoia Park was in the clouds but descending to the King Canyon lets the sun appear.

Count one day to visit each park.

Visited October 2012
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new york
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“Scary, Twisty, and very narrow!”
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.

Visited September 2012
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Mishawaka
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“Fantastic Scenery”
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.

Visited September 2012
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Los Angeles, California
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“Dirt road all the way!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2012

Love the hike at White Chief but if you are out of shape, DO NOT attempt the hike. Make sure you are acclimated to the altitude for a night or two before hiking so you don't get altitude sickness (nausea, vomiting => brain swelling). Take your time and enjoy. Marmots may chew on your radiator hose so park your car a mile down the road from the hike and hoof it up. If not, get chicken wires and wrap it around your car. Don't let these cute friendly creatures deter you from hiking this Swiss Alps look alike beauty.

Visited June 2012
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Fremont, CA
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“Drive for those who want to do some adventure”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2012

It is a nice 25-mile long scenic drive, narrow in some places but wide enough in most places to allow an oncoming vehicle. It is easier if you are in the range of 15-20 mph. If you are coming back from the King's canyon/Sequoia, then the scenery is not extraordinary as you would have seen similar or better already but still worth the drive. We went for about 11 miles or so where the county maintained road ended and then turned back. While going, saw a small King snake resting on the road but some vehicle had smashed its head when we were coming back. Several cars had passed by without problem; some of them looked like local residents as there are houses along the road.

Visited May 2012
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