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Mineral King Road

Beginning Elevation: 1,146 Feet (357.2 Meters) junction with Highway 198
Difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain, One-way: 6,654 Feet (2074.2 Meters)
Ending Elevation: 7,800 Feet (2431.4 Meters) Eagle/Mosquito Trailhead
Length, One-way: 25 Miles (41.67 Kilometers)
Usage: Heavy in Summer
Vehicle Accessibility: Passenger Vehicle

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General Description

Mineral King Road is 25 miles long and leads eastward from Highway 198. The road begins two and a half miles north of Three Rivers at an elevation of 1,146 feet. It winds through the East Fork Kaweah River Valley gaining elevation. Within approximately ten miles of leaving Highway 198, those traveling Mineral King Road will reach the Lookout Point Entrance Station to Sequoia National Park. This entrance station lies at 4,019 feet. This road is not recommended for use by RV's or trailers.

Seventeen miles east of Highway 198 is the winter closure gate on Mineral King Road. From November 1 through May 31 (may vary depending on snowpack) each year the road closes for winter recreation. Beyond this point the road is open to snowshoeing, skiing and hiking only.

The winter closure gate lies two miles west of Atwell Grove. This portion of the road was developed during the mining era, which is what first brought people to this region of California. The Paradise Ridge Trail, Atwell-Hockett Trail, Hockett Parking Area and Atwell Mill Campground are located along this stretch of the road. A mile and a half eastward is Silver City, a private resort community within the park.

Two miles beyond Silver City is the Mineral King Ranger Station, which provides general information and wilderness permits for park visitors. The Cold Spring Campground lies across the road from the ranger station. The end of the road is less than two miles from the campground. At the end of the road is the Eagle/Mosquito Trailhead and Mineral King Pack Station. The road forks at the end with the right fork leading to the trailhead and pack station.

Directions from Three Rivers: Travel north 2.5 miles to Hammond. Turn right (eastward) on to Mineral King Road.

Seasonal Information:
Normally Open: Year-round (NOTE: The road is open to recreation pursuits throughout the year. From November 1 through May 31 (opening date varies with snowpack) the road is open to snowshoeing, hiking and skiing only from the 17.5 mile marker eastward.) .

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Recreation Opportunities
Activity Remarks On Site
ICON Trailhead Parking Mineral King Road - Hockett Trailhead, Eagle/Mosquito Trailhead
ICON Backcountry Traveling Mineral King Road
ICON Automobile Travel Mineral King Road
ICON Cold Water Fishing Mineral King Road
ICON Mountain Biking Mineral King Road
ICON Motorcycle Riding Mineral King Road
ICON General Information Mineral King Road - Mineral King Ranger Station
ICON Resort & Commercial Services Mineral King Road - Silver City Resort
ICON Scenic Driving Mineral King Road
ICON Viewing Scenery Mineral King Road

Related Activities
Atwell Mill Campground - This campground is open to car campers and tents only. The site provides access to the mountainous terrain comprising the Great Western Divide.

Cold Springs Campground - This campground provides hiking, fishing, exploring and photography opportunities. Reservations are not accepted.

More Information

Visitor Information:

Sequoia Kings Canyon National Park, 47050 Generals Highway , Three Rivers, CA, 93271-9651, Phone: 559-565-3341, Fax: 559-565-3730, TTY: 559-565-3196


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