Exploring Mineral King Valley – Sequoia National Park

Mineral King valley sequoia national Park
Written by sierrarecmagazine

Climb the steep, winding road, the parks’ highest, to its peak at 7,800 feet (2,377 m)

Mineral King is a subalpine glacial valley located in the southern part of Sequoia National Park, in the U.S. state of California. The valley lies at the headwaters of the East Fork of the Kaweah River, which rises at the eastern part of the valley and flows northwest

Featured trails:

Cold Springs Nature Trail

Stroll through meadows and aspen groves on this slightly sloped, 1-mile (1.6 km) trail. Start at the day use parking area near Cold Springs Campground.

Eagle Lake

Ascend the west side of the Mineral King Valley to glacially carved tarn. This steep trail is 3.6 miles (5.7 km) one way, and begins at the end of Mineral King
Road. After 2 miles (3.2 km), the trail splits. Even in summer, snowy or icy conditions may require hikers to use crampons or traction devices and may
make the trail difficult to follow.

Paradise Ridge

Hike through sequoias to a ridge with views of the Great Western Divide. Park in the lot east of Atwell Mill Campground and walk past the campground to the trailhead. Climb 3.7 miles (5.9 km) to the peak of the ridge, or continue into wilderness.

Atwell-Hockett to Deer Creek

Walk through sequoias and an old sawmill to a waterfall. Park in the lot east of Atwell Mill Campground and walk toward the campground to the trailhead. This trail heads far into wilderness. Turn back in 1.5 miles (2.4 km) at Deer Creek.

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