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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA

A good hiking and backpacking area.

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Heaven on Earth

Why even drive into Sequoia NP in the summer when you can experience Mineral King? At least that's our philosophy. Far less crowded and spectacularly beautiful. Best time is... read more

Reviewed 19 December 2016
Curt C
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Reviewed 19 December 2016

Why even drive into Sequoia NP in the summer when you can experience Mineral King? At least that's our philosophy. Far less crowded and spectacularly beautiful. Best time is early summer or late spring as soon as the road is open.

Thank Curt C
Jacksonville, Florida
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176 reviews
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Reviewed 21 November 2016

This was day three of a very enjoyable mini vacation into the Sequoia Mountains. We camped at Cold Springs and that campsite is around 7000 feet up. We camped on a Sunday night just after labor day - it was very special - the campground was almost empty - it was quiet, cool and beautiful. So much nicer than the... More 

Thank Paul C
Los Angeles, California
1 review
Reviewed 24 September 2016

A little history. In the old days, (about 55 years ago,) we were big campers. Any place our old '49 Ford Woodie could make it. Big Sur, Yosemite, Sequoia, The road up to Mineral King was a long, winding dirt logging road. The huge logging trucks came down the road, as fast as they could, without going over the edge.... More 

Thank ronworks
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41 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 25 August 2016

After surviving the drive up the 25 miles of winding road we decided Mineral King was a great place to go and enjoy nature without the crowds. We did a couple of short hikes and enjoyed the fresh clean water spilling down the hillside. The young woman at the ranger station was full of useful information and suggested a couple... More 

Thank soxfanPaxton
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62 reviews
34 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 August 2016

The road is very, very twisty and partially paved, as it climbs up to the Mineral King area. There is a reason it takes over an hour to go 20some miles, and why most people skip the trip. The reward is fewer crowds and great views. We only did the 2 mile nature trail and walked up to the horse... More 

Thank rumcreme
Ventura County, USA
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200 reviews
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Reviewed 3 August 2016

We stopped at the ranger station and were glad we did. He was very friendly and informative. Gave us the scoop on shortcut to where to hike to see waterfalls and an old silver mine. On the way back it felt so good to soak my hot tired feet in the river. Beautiful flowers this time of year and cool... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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Reviewed 7 July 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I came to camp for the weekend. Getting their was an adventure all on its own. Winding 1 hour drive on the side of a cliff! Not fun if your afraid of heights like me. Be prepared to show up really early as the campsites are first come, first serve. And they fill up quick! Lots of... More 

Thank Sasha S
Costa Mesa, California
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Reviewed 5 July 2016

Trip to Mineral King was just average. Driving to and from the valley was very dangerous. There is no guard rail or anything like that and the road is so narrow and windy one little mistake can be lethal. Do not take a risk of driving at night. We hiked from the campground 6 to the next parking lot where... More 

Thank Prakash R
Los Angeles, California
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281 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

You have to drive through 25 miles of super curvy roads with amazing view. The hikes are extremely beautiful - the view is epic! One thing to note is to buy tarp and rope for your car since this area is at risk of marmot destroying your car.

Thank itsxjackie
Dallas, Texas
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7 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 14 January 2016

My husband and I did a day hike to Eagle lake, an alpine lake. It was absolutely stunning. The hike itself was a little over 5 miles one way and not easy but totally worth it. If you want to overnight there are places around the lake to pitch a tent but you'll have to get park permission. The water... More 

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