Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Guide

Where to go and what to see in the land of big trees and spectacular mountain scenery

Sequoia and Kings Canyon wow spots

Where to go for spectacular scenery, hiking, and giant trees

Sequoia valley
Photo by Carr Clifton

Sequoia: Mineral King

Think of this as Sequoia’s secret: a hidden valley up at 7,500 feet reached by a winding 28-mile road.  It’s a trek, but you won’t be sorry when you get there—Mineral King is gorgeous.

For moderate hiking, take the 4.5-mile one-way trail to Upper and Lower Monarch Lakes.

You can backpack to camp here ($15 wilderness permit required; purchase at Mineral King Ranger Station), camp at nearby Cold Springs or Atwell Mill campgrounds, or stay at the rustic cabins of Silver City Mountain Resort on Mineral King Road.

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