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Sleep under Secluded Sequoias at Mineral King

picnic tables, campfire rings, and bear proof lockers sit below sequoia trees
A campsite at Atwell Mills Campground
Miles away from the lights of Three Rivers and bustle of the Generals Highway, the remote Mineral King campgrounds offer the only chance to sleep under the sequoias in the parks. The slow trip up the twisting 28 mile Mineral King Road is rewarded with incredible vistas, towering trees, alpine rivers, and stunning sunsets. From here, day treks and backpacking trails lead to clear lakes, historic mining sites, and unparalleled panoramas.

Atwell Mill Campground is nestled along the East Fork of the Kaweah River in a once logged giant sequoia grove. Farther down the river, Cold Springs Campground provides quick access to breathtaking backcountry hikes. Both campsites are tent-only and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Both campgrounds are likely to fill up on weekends, especially holidays, so consider a mid-week trip or plan to arrive early.
Details
Pets must be kept on a leash at all times within campgrounds, and are not allowed on trails.
The campsite fee at Mineral King campgrounds is $12 per night.
Mineral King campgrounds are generally open from late spring to late summer. The road to Mineral King closes for the winter season.

Last updated: June 6, 2018