Explore the most popular no dogs trails near Mineral King with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice one, did it along with part of the bigger loop, very nice, not too steep (vs. sawtooth)

8 months ago

This was a very beautiful trail with lots of views, water, waterfalls and wild flowers everywhere!! It was difficult and took us about 6 hrs to complete. We did not see another human after the trail split off from the monarch trail. I would do this again maybe ad a backpacking trip.

Hike up a very steep incline from Sawtooth Pass through a meadow with gorgeous views of mountains. Initial one mile is steep, with large stone steps to climb. Then cross Monarch Creek, entering a conifer forest punctuated by occasional meadows with views of Empire Mountain. Continue noticeable ascent, but less steep than before, along the well-maintained and fairly trafficked Monarch Lakes trail. One mile before Monarch Lakes, take the Crystal Lake right fork onto an ascending unmaintained use trail, with a lot of loose stone. The trail passes through diminishing forest, past Chihuahua Mine, over a pass above 10,000 feet. It descends somewhat to cross a difficult area of loose rock, and then re-ascends up the loose rock, on a sometimes difficult to discern trail. The trail is apparent, though, and ascends steadily to Lower Crystal Lake, with a concrete dam. Upper Crystal Lake can be accessed by a northwest- headed spur just before the Lower Crystal Lake dam. Trekking poles recommended for difficult footings in many places. Route followed mid-Septembers. Low temperatures overnight in the 20's.

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.

Upper Crystal Lake made a great camp spot--we didn't see a soul once we turned on to the Crystal Lake fork in the trail. Spectacular afternoon hike up to the ridge overlooking Monarch Lakes and Amphitheater Lake. Just you and the marmots.

Dogs are not allowed on any trails within the Mineral King Area.

hiking
10 months ago

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

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Insanely beautiful hike!

backpacking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

This was a beautiful 5-mile hike (one way) up to 10,800 ft in Mineral King. Went with my husband and 13 and 11 y/o kids. Going here in August was pretty amazing with great camping spots, stellar sunset views, a calming waterfall, and brisk Sierra swimming! Take note, this is NOT a moderate hike as indicated in this app. The ranger station lists it as a strenuous hike which I would agree with. As I've discovered this inconsistency, I would double-check this app's content before planning a trip. Hope to see improvements in the future as it has great potential!

backpacking
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

hike was long and uphill but once getting to the lake it was amazing. lots of mosquitos though but worth it.

Gorgeous hike. Definitely felt very accomplish by the end of it. Had to go a little of trail due to the snow pack but nothing too crazy, don't need poles or clamp ons like they recommended for the Monarch Lakes same day

hiking
Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Davit Stepanyan said it perfectly. This is a great hike with beautiful lakes at the end and awesome camp spots. Having said that I would not recommend this hike to someone who does not know how to navigate using a map and compass, I didn't, as you will likely lose the trial. But if you make it it'll be worth it. We did see lots of interesting, and harmless, wildlife on the way up and down such as mountain chickens, or wtv, a NICE buck, and a heard of Elk at the base of the valley below the lakes. It was slightly busy for the first half of the hike but the second part was completely deserted and it was just my friend and I up at the lakes.

hiking
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

this is a great trail, but not for everyone . Its about a five hour hike up to the top and another three to come back. Great views and like the name says a Crystal clear lake up top. and if you have made it to the top, you must go for a swim lol.

hiking
Sunday, August 14, 2011

There were 4 of us. We (us older ones) chose this trail because the Mineral King map describes this hike as 2 miles one way and moderate. My girlfriend and I are in OK shape, but I living at sea level definitely noticed the altitude. But we kept on and stopped along the way to take pictures (rest break). Thanks to my son and nephew who put up with us slower pokes. This is indeed a must do. (There is only 1 trail marker; at the fork showing left for Timber Gap and right for Monarch Lakes (4.5 miles one way). Keep going past the actually "peak" and continue until you come to where the creeks is running over the trail. A little beyond this point are some trees, and a view that is breath taking. I'm so glad we kept on. I did it!! I'm glad I didn't know it was 6 miles (round trip), I probably wouldn't have done it.

10 months ago

Sunday, September 04, 2016

backpacking
Sunday, August 21, 2016

on Timber Gap Trail

Sunday, May 01, 2016

Sunday, May 01, 2016

hiking
Friday, October 02, 2015