What's In Mineral King

During the summer, facilities and services are available. The Mineral King Road closes November 1 and reopens for Memorial Day weekend, weather permitting. The road is steep, narrow, and difficult--no RVs or trailers, please.


Mineral King Ranger Station: On Mineral King Road, 24 miles east of Hwy. 198. Maps, local wilderness permits, first aid, bear canisters. Open in summer, call for hours of operation. When closed wilderness permits are available on the porch of the station. 1-559-565-3768.

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You are in black bear country. Food storage is required.
Tables, food-storage boxes, pit toilets, and drinking water. No reservations, RV's, or trailers. 6 people and 1 vehicle per site. After the water is shut off in mid-October to prevent freezing pipes, there are no fees charged.

Cold Springs: West of ranger station 1/4 mile. 40 sites. $12/night. No trailers or RVs.

Atwell Mill: On Mineral King Road, 6 miles west of ranger station. 21 sites. $12/night. No trailers or RVs.

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Picnic areas

Mineral King: Tables across road from ranger station. Drinking water in front of station.

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Other facilities

Silver City Mountain Resort (private): On Mineral King Road, 3 miles west of ranger station. Chalets and rustic cabins, limited supplies, showers, no ice or gasoline, restaurant. 559-561-3223 (off-season: 805-528-2730).

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Monarch Lakes Trail winds along the side of Mineral Peak

The Monarch Lakes Trail offers dramatic views of Empire Mountain and Monarch Creek as it plummets down to the East Fork of the Kaweah River in Mineral King Valley.          NPS Photo

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