Lake was beautiful and well worth the crazy drive and uphill, rocky terrain. I guess we just got lucky. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October. Make sure you jump in the water when you're at the lake during the summer. We did this trail on 08/14 to 08/15. I’m an average hiker, so this trail was a bit of a challenge but lovely nonetheless. A day hike from Mineral King Valley to Eagle Lake and back. It’s true that the road to the trailhead is long, winding, and narrow. We saw several deer and the views were beautiful. Bibi made a great selection in picking this hike for us today. Passing from forest to clearing and back again, the trail is often shaded. Before I knew it, I was in Switzerland mountain climbing. How do you..." | Check out answers, plus see 45 reviews, articles, and 32 photos of Mineral King Road, ranked No.36 on Tripadvisor among 70 attractions in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park. It was well worth it and will go back. This is the first split of the trail. It also wasn’t too crowded today. This popular day hike climbs to a scenic promontory above Lower Franklin Lake, providing a bird’s-eye view of this pretty lake nestled in a photogenic cirque beneath the towering peaks and ridges of the Great Western Divide. Long and windy 1.5 lane road but if you have experience driving mountain roads it’s very doable. It's not too cold and extremely refreshing! Just after this are the Eagle sink holes where the creek from the Eagle lake disappears into a large sink hole and is never seen above the ground again. The trail can be used in conjunction with other trails in the park and surrounding forests to create a long-distance backpacking trip. It took us about two hours to reach the lake. The weather was awesome (fresh 75 degrees or so) and partly cloudy with some distant thunderstorms. The majority of the trail was uphill it was definitely a challenge but so worth it. The hike itself is great. The hike up to Lower Monarch Lake is a great day hike option that climbs steadily up one of the valley's west facing slopes. Fishing looks like it would be excellent. You need to stay on the left trail to head to Eagle lake. Bring some music and enjoy the ride. But if you’re good in higher altitudes this hike is truly beautiful, just quite the climb up but I believe it’s doable for moderately experienced hikers as well. Make sure you have the right gear because I sure didn’t. Good hike! Until I asked someone if the lake was worth it and they shrugged. Do this hike but just be prepared with water and supplies and the right shoes and the mindset to conquer this mountain! The climb up was SUPER STEEP and I needed to stop every .25 miles to take as much of a breath the nature would allow me. © 2020 AllTrails, Inc. Tous droits réservés. It’s also pretty rough, would definitely recommend taking a vehicle that can handle steep inclines, pot holes, sections of very bumpy dirt road. Mineral King to Eagle Lake. Difficult . That being said, the trail is well maintained and easy to follow. The final mile is the most challenging. Elevation Gain/Loss: 2,175 ft. This will take you up the Eagle canyon towards the Eagle Sink holes. The hike starts at an elevation just above 7,800' and climbs to just above 10,000 ft at Eagle Lake. We also saw a black bear on this road on the way down. Pasando del bosque al claro y viceversa, el sendero suele estar sombreado. The route to both of these lakes follows the same trail for the first 2 miles, ascending steadily up the west side of the Mineral King Valley. The lake was cool and refreshing and the dip was needed after the strenuous hike in the heat. . It has a dynamic and changing landscape. ig: @harrishikers, Great trail. I used a tarp to protect my truck from the marmots but a lot of cars in the parking lot didn’t and seemed to be okay. The lake at the top was a great reward. The elevation gain and switchbacks will have you winded quickly but take breaks and bring lots of water and snacks. Took me almost two hours to get up. The way up is all up hill and is for sure a grind but it's definitely worth it. Mineral King Valley, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Picture: Hike to Eagle Lake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 9,809 candid photos and videos. Once we got to the trailhead/mineral king valley, it was beautiful! All in all it was a beautiful scenery once you actually get there and do it but I’d never do this hike again. ), and most people want to go to lakes. The rock scramble towards the end was very challenging, but not overly difficult. My big piece of advice is be careful with the altitude. Once you get to the lake there are areas you can camp at. The drive to the trailhead is down a long, twisting, single-lane road. It's unpaved, windy and narrow. The drive is a long one so plan accordingly if planning to hike in and out in one day! The trail starts from the Eagle-Mosquito parking lot. I read about seeing Pika and grouse on modernhiker.com and the trail did not disappoint. The valley views at the beginning are spectacular, and the forest parts are beautiful also. Took a little less than 4 hours - beautiful meadows, rivers and views along the way. Mineral King Road, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Picture: The trail crosses a rock field on the way to Eagle Lake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 9,839 candid photos and videos of Mineral King … I wish they'd re-pave it all the way through. My only recommendation would be to take breaks and enjoy the meadow parts of the hike more don’t feel like you have to rush to the top. The final mile is the most challenging. En route enjoy great views of Mineral and … Poles definitely help. For updates, please visit https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/conditions.htm I was feeling anxious at home and wanted to do something special. I read about seeing Pika and grouse on modernhiker.com and the trail did not disappoint. The hike starts at an elevation just above 7,800' and climbs to just above 10,000 ft at Eagle Lake. The huge majority of the elevation is concentrated in the latter two-thirds of the hike. Once we turned at the sign to go right towards eagle lake was when our troubles REALLY started. Took a little less than 4 hours - beautiful meadows, rivers and views along the way. The lake at the top was a great reward. I say this so you know whats ahead! . The road can be challenging to navigate especially at night. Mineral King is notorious for its thunderstorms, the weather can change in a matter of minutes. It took about 2 hours up and 2 hours down with an hour break at the top. There’s no better way to cool down in the middle of summer than hiking to and swimming in an alpine lake. The last mile or so to the lake is mostly climbing up large rocks with lots of smaller, loose rocks at a pretty steep incline, if you don’t have decent cardio/balance this could be tricky. We had a clear hike up and spent some time at Eagle lake with our feet in the water then we got a good rain shower on the way back. So glad we decided to do this trail I’ve never felt so small in a good way the world is sooo beautiful definitely recommend this hike even if you feel a little hesitant because of all the uphill take breaks every so often, lots of water + snacks and you’ll get through it! A 2,200- foot gain at high altitude in 3.5 miles is a good workout to say the least. The lake is just warm enough to swim a little but still pretty cold. The Farewell Gap Trail begins at the end of Mineral King Road and leads into the Sequoia National Forest. But if you’re good in higher altitudes this hike is truly beautiful, just quite the climb up but I believe it’s doable for moderately experienced hikers as well. Work but good, rain and a hail storm. 194 Miles 312 Kilometers of Trail 1 Recommended Route 4 Easy Trails ; 18 Intermediate Trails ; 15 Difficult Trails ... 1.4 mi 2.2 km #1 Eagle Lake Trail. Long and windy 1.5 lane road but if you have experience driving mountain roads it’s very doable. So interesting that Eagle Lake is the most popular Mineral King hike destination, and it is probably the very worst trail. Franklin Lakes is part of the Sequoia National Park and can be reached from the trailhead starting near the Mineral King Ranger Station. NO SOUND whatsoever from nature. There were plenty of beautiful waterfalls, meadows, and wildlife to view along the way. Mile 2 was the most difficult part for me, and there is a rocky portion towards the end that requires some scrambling, but it was a lot of fun. I took my truck and had no problems, just keep an eye on the road and go slow. It then climbs steeply, providing panoramic views of the southern part of the Mineral King Valley, including White Chief Peak and Farewell Gap. Mineral King Hiking. The ranger station is located near the Coldcreek campground. Note: As of October 2020, the Mineral King area and surrounding wilderness areas are closed due to the SQF Complex Fire. The trailhead is at Mineral King with a 3.0 mile distance and a 2200 feet gain. We saw three Deer frolicking around once we got to the lake which was awesome. The lake was a beauty. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. The hike is definitely not something I would recommend for someone new to hiking and I definitely wouldn’t recommend that you take kids. This trail starts decent and it’s beautiful and feels nice. Franklin Lakes is part of the Sequoia National Park and can be reached from the trailhead starting near the Mineral King Ranger Station. Mineral King to Eagle Lake Trail [CLOSED] is a 6.5 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Three Rivers, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. We saw marmots and deer. We all jumped in and ate lunch at the top so bring a swimsuit if you plan on being there for a while. The drive up to Mineral King is long and windy, and took about 90 minutes at a modest pace, so be prepared for that. Advance reservations are not required from Sept. 23 through May 23, as there are no fees to access the trail or quotas on how many people can use the Eagle Lake Trail during that time. We hiked a strenuous 3.6 miles to Eagle Lake … And more. You can also purchase a park specific annual pass for $70. We're avid hikers and found this trail to be really great! It features potholes so large it puts some roads in the upper midwest to shame. The lake is beautiful and very clear! Wonderful trail we did this afternoon. The elevation gain is about 2,000 feet. Completely clear skies on the way up, two hours later a huge thunderstorm. Be a king and go conquer MINERAL KING! Mineral King will remain closed for the season and some wilderness closures will be in place. The hike to Franklin Lakes campground will take 6 hours or less (depending on your speed/how much weight you're carrying) to cover 5.7 miles and will gain 2,500 ft in elevation. Mineral King Valley, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Picture: Hike to Eagle Lake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 9,839 candid photos and videos of Mineral King Valley Mineral King Valley, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Picture: Hike to Eagle Lake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 9,402 candid photos and videos. Apparently the creek provides water to the Spring creek that we crossed at the beginning of this trail. At the lake we didn’t see too many people and it is big enough for the most part for people to pick their own little space of peace. Beautiful hike. Try 2+ hours to walk it and then decide for yourself! definitely exceeded my expectations. You have to scramble up rocks that seem never ending. Do it!! Trail head: Eagle-Mosquito Lakes. Proceed at your own risk. Some cars in the parking lot weren’t covered in tarps, but most cars were, and I sure didn’t want to risk it with those pesky car-eating marmots everyone talks about! Trust me, it’s cold but it feels amazing after that climb. Also, there is a DOPE lake at the end that is chilly but definitely swimable. There are lots of car-eating marmots in the parking area so be sure to bring a tarp to cover the undercarriage of your vehicle. If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. We saw marmots and deer. Something about the bare granite bowl makes it less attractive than other lakes in the Sierra, but it is nonetheless a worthy destination. Trust me, it’s cold but it feels amazing after that climb. And more. 1.5 hour) up a VERY narrow, winding road (unpaved in many areas). Franklin Lake at sunset. It gets pretty cold even during the summer (we hiked up at 3pm, Aug 8th) , so pack some layers. The Eagle sinkhole is a unique attraction just before the junction with the Mosquito Lakes trail. The hike from Mineral King to Eagle Lake is short and steep. Myself and four others hammock camped alongside the lake, which was half frozen over but had plenty of fish and other critters. Mineral King will remain closed for the season and some wilderness closures will be in place. As soon as we reached the lake, it was a serene quietness. Make sure you have the right gear because I sure didn’t. The rock part closer to the end is quite hot and exhausting in the current July heat but was a cool part of the hike. Completed the hike and got back to the car with a total of 9 miles hiked/walked, so it’s definitely not 6.5 miles. Steep rock climb towards the end before you get to the lake, (Note: did this hike mid September) - for starters, this trail is beautiful! All around great hike, BEAUTIFUL, with just enough challenge and relaxation. The drive there was tense at times, but totally worth it! The trailhead is at Mineral King with a 3.0 mile distance and a 2200 feet gain. This is worth the effort. The trail is primarily used for hiking and running and is best used from May until October. Driving on Mineral King Road was an experience I never want to repeat. There are some beautiful spots for backpackers as well. However, the road is narrow in some areas so be careful driving on the road. Mineral King Valley trail was spectacular! Work but good, rain and a hail storm. This seemed to be a popular day hike in the area and you will find a lot of hikers during the weekend. The ranger station is closed because of COVID so make sure you have your own map. The trail to Monarch Lakes begins at Sawtooth Trailhead in Sequoia National Park's scenic Mineral King Valley. I think we ended up at 8 miles. Monarch Lakes Trail This 9.4-mile hike visits a spectacular pair of lakes high above Mineral King Valley. All around great hike, BEAUTIFUL, with just enough challenge and relaxation. I say this so you know whats ahead! If you are entering on foot or bike the fee is $20 per person. you’re missing out if you skip this one! Unfortunately there was a group of 8 people arriving at the same time as us being incredibly loud and obnoxious, so we didn’t really get to peacefully soak the views in as much as we’d have liked, but was definitely a cool hike. This popular day hike climbs to a scenic promontory above Lower Franklin Lake, providing a bird’s-eye view of this pretty lake nestled in a photogenic cirque beneath the towering peaks and ridges of the Great Western Divide. The weather was awesome (fresh 75 degrees or so) and partly cloudy with some distant thunderstorms. the air quality here was surprising good at the time, even when the surrounding areas were really smoky. ig: @harrishikers, Great trail. You need to stay right to head to Eagle lake. Eagle Lake itself, however, is strikingly clear and beautiful. My big piece of advice is be careful with the altitude. All in all it was a beautiful scenery once you actually get there and do it but I’d never do this hike again. After my crying, I just wanted to get to the lake, didn’t want to stop when I was so close. It kept going up and up and up and up. We took the hike to Eagle Lake - 3.4 miles one way - very steep, goes thru granite boulder field and meadows, streams - all while climbing 2200 feet to about 10,200 foot level. You need to stay on the left trail to head to Eagle lake. I also went early and there were a lot of people headed up as I was heading out. The water is really cold, but definitely refreshing after hiking in the summer heat. And more. You do have to scramble rocks a little but the views are amazing. Start from Eagle-Mosquito Trailhead at the end of Mineral King Road and commence hiking up the west rim of the valley. Mineral King to Eagle Lake. Mineral King is a subalpine glacial valley located in the southern part of Sequoia National Park, in the U.S. state of California. Hiked 7/25/2020. I think we ended up at 8 miles. There are plenty of beautiful spots to stop along the way and see the view of the mountains behind you. Do it!! Myself and four others hammock camped alongside the lake, which was half frozen over but had plenty of fish and other critters. Mineral King Valley, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park Picture: Eagle Lake - Check out Tripadvisor members' 9,809 candid photos and videos. Fishing looks like it would be excellent. Lots of Marmots. Ps we didn’t see many marmots so we didn’t have to deal with them very much at the parking lot, the trail or the lake. We had a clear hike up and spent some time at Eagle lake with our feet in the water then we got a good rain shower on the way back. The lake was beautiful but it was too cold to swim by the time we made it up there (about 70 degrees) and it started raining/thunder. It was a zen feeling. Lake was beautiful and well worth the crazy drive and uphill, rocky terrain. Eagle Lake, a popular weekend backpacker destination, is reached by one of Mineral King’s easier trails. To camp at Eagle Lake, you'll need a backcountry permit from the Mineral King Ranger Station. The trail is shockingly difficult, and surprisingly steep. Just be careful. Directions: Take HWY198 and right before entering Sequoia National Park, make a right on to Mineral King Rd and take the 25-mile drive (approximately 2 hours) until it stops at the Eagle-Mosquito Lake Trailhead. Acclimatization at high altitude will definitely help since the hike reaches about 10000ft at Eagle Lake. My bf said be careful what you wished for. The trail starts from the Eagle-Mosquito parking lot. Mineral King - Topic; About; Home Trending History Get YouTube Premium Best of YouTube Music Sports Gaming Go do some laps too. Eagle Lake Trail The robust 7.2-mile hike climbs 2,200 feet to an alpine lake overlooking Mineral King. So if you are planning to come in hike and get out of the valley, plan accordingly. Eagle Lake, a popular weekend backpacker destination, is reached by one of Mineral King’s easier trails. I would recommend the following: bring plenty of water, snacks, good hiking shoes and bug repellent. I would recommend the following: bring plenty of water, snacks, good hiking shoes and bug repellent. Fees are $35 per vehicle or $30 per motorcycle. It's really diverse going from soft ground in the forest to big rocks that requires small amounts of climbing. I used a tarp to protect my truck from the marmots but a lot of cars in the parking lot didn’t and seemed to be okay. If you can physically hike this mountain, I say you should do it. After it reaches the lower rim of Eagle Basin, the trails split. The drive out Mineral Ridge Rd isn't great because its basically wide enough for one car in most spots and there were a few people going fast around the corners coming from the other direction. This trail was harrrrrrrrd. Mineral King / California's Southwestern Sierra; Why Hike Franklin Lakes . The hike back down is a lot easier. Crazy huge potholes, one lane road pretty much the whole time, and the unpaved dirt sections have massive dips you need to watch out for. The trail can be used in conjunction with other trails in the park and surrounding forests to create a long-distance backpacking trip. Wonderful trail we did this afternoon. Got to the lake in about 2 hours with a few five minute breathers. 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