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Address: Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park, CA
Phone Number: +1 559-565-3341
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A challenging scenic road.

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Beautiful, remote destination with awesome trailheads leading to amazing places

Mineral King Road is a 20 mile tightly winding road. It has no shoulders, climbs steadily, and is one-lane in places. Many blind corners. Don't take an RV - even a small one... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 August 2016
Tabitha G
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Valdez, Alaska
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Clear Lake, Wisconsin
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 September 2016

Great hike. Beautiful hike. It was a difficult hike for beginners, but a great challenge! The trail was easy to follow. We never had to use our maps. Plenty of water sources. Camp sites were easy to find, and the people we met were super. Allow more time than what you think you will need if you're a beginner.

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Valdez, Alaska
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9 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2016

Mineral King Road is a 20 mile tightly winding road. It has no shoulders, climbs steadily, and is one-lane in places. Many blind corners. Don't take an RV - even a small one. There are two campgrounds - both very nice. Plan to check in early as it appears they fill up - I'd suggest trying to get your spot... More 

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Santa Monica, California
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120 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016 via mobile

The temperature was wonderful and the views terrific. Short or long hikes. Went without reservations so difficult to find lodging inside park. Did find camp sites.

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Worcester
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 August 2016

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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Ventura County, USA
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200 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 August 2016

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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Los Angeles
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016

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 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 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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9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 May 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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Three Rivers, California
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31 reviews
11 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 October 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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119 reviews
64 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 September 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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