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    Member Since March 2019

    Renée Zummo

    Orlando, Florida 

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    Renée Zummo reviewed White Chief Canyon Trail

    5 days ago

    Just did this trail on July 10th 2019. beautiful. The trail head on mineral king road had many cars tarped due to marmot activity. The beginning of the trail closely follows the river and has 2 very safe water crossings. The beginning of the trail is relatively easy and has relaxing views. after the 1 mile when you reach the junction sign to climb up to white chief, the trail becomes very steep and challenging due to the incline. there is no real rock scrambling, and the trail is very well maintained. The best part is that it is a steady uphill crawl laterally on the side of a mountain with the mineral king valley on your left the whole way. it is so nice not to have ANY switchbacks. when you reach the top of the mountain there is a rocky outcrop and plateau with a nice view. many redwoods up there. Follow the trail around to the left and it opens up into white chief canyon. The view in this canyon is the best I have ever seen. Immaculate. There is some snow, but not where you are walking. many marmots running around and little streams. It is a paradise up there in the canyon, come prepared to spend about 45 mins or so hanging out in the area. This trail took 2 hours to get to the top and just over an hour to get back down. reccomend taking your time as it is beautiful at the top. We will definitely hike this again. No wildlife spotted on trail other than marmots. Great hike if you are staying off mineral king road.