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 curve. This happened just few years ago when a scared driver had a head-on collision with a park ranger.
Take this advice: Anytime you can, drive this road at night! You'll be infinitely safer being able to see the headlights coming around the many, many blind curves.
Day or night, plan on 1 1/2 - 2 hours to travel from Highway 198 to Mineral king Valley.
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