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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Phone Number: 5595653341
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A challenging scenic road.

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Take it slow

No need to worry on this road if you take it slow. It is windy and narrow, but it is easy to let others pass. Take your bonine if you get car sick.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
aleator
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Los Angeles
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Worcester
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81 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

The owner of the lodge where we were staying suggested a visit to Mineral King. He said he had driven it a dozen times but that his wife hated it. Now I know why. The road is 25 miles long and the 1st 11 miles are a rather poorly maintained county road. It is just barely wide enough for 2... More 

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Thank soxfanPaxton
Ventura County, USA
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200 reviews
81 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Expect 1.5 hour drive each way plus another 2 hours when you reach your destination for hiking. Short term visits at this time of year do not require you to "marmot proof" your car.

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Thank City_Girls_CA
Los Angeles
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3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

No need to worry on this road if you take it slow. It is windy and narrow, but it is easy to let others pass. Take your bonine if you get car sick.

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Thank aleator
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2016 via mobile

If you're only used to city driving and have no nerve, stay off this road, for everyone's sake. This incredible historic road was carved out before the advent of the motor car. Almost 700 curves, no guard rails, bad pavement, and sheer drops down canyon. It's always exciting to drive!

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Thank Zack K
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14 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2016

Although Visalia is a great place to visit (with a vibrant downtown) and Three Rivers is a nice little town, the entry into Sequoia National Park on Mineral King Road is scenic but mighty hard to do. Bring or buy non-drowsy Dramamine II for the ride whether by car or as a passenger on the Sequoia Shuttle. We have been... More 

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1 Thank Cheryl L
Three Rivers, California
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23 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

The road is traveled by residents and visitors. It can be very dangerous when others are driving in the opposite direction and use the whole road, leaving you with not much room. The road is very narrow and has few guard rails. This is unnerving because there is a possibility that you could go over the edge if you were... More 

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Thank Patricia L
Colorado
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101 reviews
54 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2015

This 25 mile road will take you 90 minutes or more to drive. The road is one to 1 1/2 lanes, in poor repair, and scary to say the least. Built in the 1920's it hasn't had many improvements since then. This drive is not for the faint of heart. You'll be surprised by the traffic since a lot of... More 

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2 Thank Ted O
Virginia Beach, Virginia
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65 reviews
16 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

If you are going to Sequoia this winding road should be part of your visit. Winding and picturesque this road heads into the mountains.

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Thank greg m
Eagle, Colorado
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61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2015

Many people write about the road up to mineral king. In personal experience having driven the road dozens of time, the road is not terrible, you just need to respect it!!! The first 7 miles or so are county maintained and paved, after that you go through patches of gravel and dirt and asphalt. Don’t expect to drive over 25... More 

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Thank Erica H
Redwood City, California
2 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

On the way up, count on having to back up at least once or twice to allow oncoming downhill vehicles to pass when road narrows to one lane. You are lucky to have 3 feet of clearance to the edge of the road, so know how to back up using your side mirrors. No room for error here, and be... More 

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