Mineral King Road is an amazing drive in the southern part of Sequoia National Park, in the U.S. state of California. The road is said to have 398 curves in just 25 miles.
How long is Mineral King Road?
The road is 39.91km (24.8 miles) long and runs west-east from CA-198 (Sierra Drive) towards Mineral King. The Mineral King Road is mostly paved, but sometimes very good gravel or dirt, and eventually becomes a trail. The early part of the trail follows the old mining access road.
Is Mineral King Road open?
This road is very exciting and sometimes very exposed and unsecured driveway in innumerable twists and turns. The road is only partially paved for most of the journey. The Mineral King Road is open from Memorial Day weekend through October. RVs and trailers are not recommended. This road can be closed anytime when the access is not cleared of snow. The road into Mineral King, a subalpine glacial valley, is a beautiful drive up a windy, sometimes paved, and narrow mountain road. Silver was discovered here in the 1870s and a rush to the area occurred. In 1873 the road was built and gradually improved over the ages.
Is Mineral King Road dangerous?
The drive is very steep, finishing at 2.398m (7,867ft) above the sea level. It has an average grade of 5.1% but has stretches between 15-20% in places. The road is very narrow and has few guard rails. This long, narrow, winding, and unpaved road for several miles is full of twists, turns and bumps, and is tough going. If you have a sports car, you may want to think twice about taking it. The drive in to Mineral King is great - for the passengers! For the driver, it's a constant challenge... Narrow, winding road with steep hills, parts not paved, little signage.
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