Mineral King Loop

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Mineral King Loop is a 37.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mineral King, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until September.

DISTANCE
37.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
11148 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

no dogs

This route starts at the Sawtooth pass trail head in the Mineral King area of Sequoia National Park. Mineral King is a little known section of Sequoia. The hiking area starts a 7700 ft. of elevation, where the ranger station is. The trail climbs to the Franklin Lakes and the Franklin Pass. On the other side the route goes down and around the Forrester and Little Claire Lakes. A classic itinerary in this area is to return to Mineral King through the Sawtooth Pass but our route continues towards the Big Five and Little Five Lakes and then on to the Black Rock Pass. After that, a long downclimb leads to the Cliff Creek crossing and then up to the Timber Gap. From there, it’s all down to the car. In total it’s 37.6 miles and 10680 ft. of elevation gain in 5 days with a maximum altitude of almost 12000 ft.

2 months ago

We did Timber Gap to Frankiln Pass,Black rock pass is pretty tough from this way but very rewarding. Over all just a beautiful trek and loved every minute of it! We took 6 days to do this route.

hiking
3 months ago

The trail start is actually Franklin Trailhead. If you are reserving a permit, indicate Franklin at the start.