A high, open glacial canyon
bumping up the peaks of the Great Western Divide
in the Sierra Nevada
. Threatened with development of a major ski resort
in the 1960s
, it was transferred from national forest to Sequoia National Park
. It was settled in 1873
with the discovery
, and there are a small number of private cabins
still in the canyon on park service land.
Travel advisory: the marmots of Mineral King are not only accustomed to humans, but are noted for chewing on car hoses, bumpers, and wiring. Check under your hood before leaving the park.