If you want to be deep in the woods, but prefer not to tent camp then I highly recommend Silver City. I didn't know exactly what to expect, but was very pleased with the historical cabin Forest Glen which was the least expensive option at the time I booked. Isolated from the other cabins and across from the bathroom cabins (hot showers!), it's a perfect retreat under the canopy of Sequoia National Park. We built a fire the first night in the pit right outside our door, and ate home-cooked breakfasts out on our porch. This cabin has a basic kitchen but no frig, so if I had planned better I would have brought enough to self-cater the entire stay. The cafe is decent, considering how remote you are, but you should be aware that on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, at least when we were there, only coffee and pie were served. On the other days all meals are offered. For the one dinner we had, we went with the daily special - spaghetti with meat sauce, salad, and a hunking piece of bread. The pie was tasty, though I wish the crust had been flakier. In the morning, they were kind enough to prepare a sandwich for our day hike even though the lunch service hadn't started yet. But I think they should always be able to make sandwiches for hikers to take with them.
Silver City is just a few miles from the Mineral King Ranger Station and the trailheads for numerous gorgeous hikes into the mountains. My sister and I only had one day to hike and we went with the White Canyon trail which lead us to a beautiful alpine meadow complete with marmots. The Mineral King area is very remote and after about a half mile, we didn't see another person until we got back to Silver City. Unfortunately we got caught in hail and rain on the way down, and became completely soaked. But we were able to put the wood-burning stove to good use to dry out our stuff. That second night I didn't mind that much being stuck inside because of the stove, and the propane lamps that gave off a gentle glow and some heat as well. Resort is a bit of a misnomer as there is no pool or jacuzzi, rather it's a collection of cabins with a shop/restaurant at the center, but for a far corner of a national park I suppose one can consider this upscale. You cannot come here expecting the Four Seasons in the middle of the woods at the top of a mountain. All in all, I loved our accommodation and the service was friendly, so would gladly come back again (just wish it wasn't so far away!).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Silver City Resort is a small boutique resort nestled deep in Sequoia National Park just minutes away from the breathtaking high altitude Mineral King Valley. What makes this destination so unique is that it shares its history with two of the oldest alpine settlements in the western United States. Within the Sierra Nevada mountain range of California, Silver City Resort and the neighboring seasonal communities of Silver City and Mineral King, contain more chapters of shared human history than any other community in the High Sierras for over 130 years. Silver City Resort offers a truly unique mountain experience. Located 21 miles up Mineral King Road Silver City offers lodging away from the hustle and bustle of the main tourism. Silver City offers guests an authentic mountain experience perfect for families, avid hikers, adventure seekers, and people who love nature. We provide private cabins each with a fully stocked kitchen, including pots and pans, dishes, cooking utensils, baking bowls, cutlery, silverware, etc… We have beautiful spacious chalets with open beam ceilings, bathrooms and showers. If luxury is not your cup of tea we also have smaller family cabins and last but not least our rugged historic cabins. Whether you are an adventurer looking for lodging in Sequoia, or a family looking for a great getaway Silver City Mountain Resort offers lodging during the summer months in Sequoia National Park. Opening up Memorial Day weekend in May and closing in mid to late October depending on snow fall. Silver City also includes a small store and restaurant. The resort is located 21 miles up Mineral King Road in the little cabin communities of Silver City and near the beautiful Mineral King Valley. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Silver City Mountain Hotel Sequoia And Kings Canyon National Park