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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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Mineral King - Sequoia National Park

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed September 15, 2015
FATABRASIL
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Santa Clarita, California
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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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102 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
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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61 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
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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22 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
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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North Carolina
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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
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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27 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
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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Lexington, Kentucky
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19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 via mobile

I hiked a 9.6 mile hike called Monark lake which was very beautiful it was a tough elevation hike but totally worth it. I would strongly recommend this hike to everyone especially for backpacking. (Tip) : bring a fishing pole 👌🏻

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 251 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

Mineral King would probably be a lot higher on people's to-do lists if it weren't for being secluded at the end of a windy 25 mile road that takes nearly 2 hours to drive. Mineral King is a beautiful alpine valley with great hiking & backpacking opportunities. With essentially no services at or near Mineral King coupled with the long... More 

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Fresno, California
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14 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

Mineral King offers a rare opportunity; a chance to visit, hike, fish, camp and explore an uncrowded national park. Everything written about the road is true - it’s long, winding and tedious. Take your time, talk and enjoy the journey. Try any one of the numerous trails, if only for a while. You’ll be rewarded with spectacular Alpine views. Cold... More 

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