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Map of Mineral King. The resplendent Mineral King Valley, as seen from the trail returning to the valley from Timber Gap. Farewell Gap is visible on the left, at the end of the valley. Vandever Mountain (11,947 feet) is the mountain on the right side of Farewell Gap. Moving right, the tallest peaks are White Chief (11,159 feet) and Hengst (11,146 feet). The bowls below these mountains -- which contain numerous alpine lakes, including White Chief, Eagle, and the Mosquito Lakes chain -- were the epicenter of Disney's ski resort plans. Sawtooth Peak (12,343 feet, right) as seen from Sawtooth Pass. Dusk settles in at a camp near Pinto Lake.

Visiting Mineral King Valley

Tucked away in the Southern Sierra in the State of California, Mineral King Valley is a subalpine jewel surrounded on three sides by Sequoia National Park. Mineral King is accessed by a 25 mile, steep, winding road that is generally open from late May through November 1. When planning trips of any length, please consult the appropriate guides, weather forecasts, and latest road closure and conditions information. Maps and trail guides are available in park visitor centers; permits may be required for trails. Below, are a few resources that may be helpful in planning visits to Mineral King.

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The resplendent Mineral King Valley, as seen from the trail returning to the valley from Timber Gap. Farewell Gap is visible on the left, at the end of the valley.

Vandever Mountain (11,947 feet) is the mountain on the right side of Farewell Gap. Moving right, the tallest peaks are White Chief (11,159 feet) and Hengst (11,146 feet).

The bowls below these mountains—which contain numerous alpine lakes, including White Chief, Eagle, and the Mosquito Lakes chain—were the epicenter of Disney's ski resort plans.
Sawtooth Peak (12,343 feet, right) as seen from Sawtooth Pass.
Dusk settles in at a camp near Pinto Lake.
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By The River
Rivers across the country provide sustenance to wildlife and human communities alike. Today, many are threatened.
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On The Mountain
Mountain ecosystems are some of the first places experiencing the impacts of climate change. Earthjustice is working to protect these ecosystems and combat the change.
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On The Trail
Whether we hike, climb, cave or raft the wild reaches, we must do so in a way that minimizes our impact to the ecosystem.
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By The Lake
The serene beauty of a mountain lake is undeniably special. But even these refuges are suffering—from development, wind-drifted pollution, climate change and more.
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Beneath The Sky
The silhouette of wild places should be traced by the slope of hills and mountains and the reach of trees and shrubs—not by clearcuts, drilling rigs and industrial development.
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In The Forest
When we saved the forests of Mineral King, we started a trend for Earthjustice. Earthjustice has been saving forests for decades, achieving many significant victories.
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Walking the King's High Ways

Take a walk through the Mineral King Valley and experience the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

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Photo Gallery

See a collection of photos of Mineral King valley taken during the summer months of the year.

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Hell Trail to Paradise

Read the behind-the-scenes story of the journey to gather the video and photo materials for this website.

Sam stocks up on water at the last stream they would see before heading up to the impassable summit. This river cut right through the rocky slopes that it scrambled down. It was a perfect high alpine stream.. > Get Behind the Scenes
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