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I've shot in the Mineral King section of Sequoia National Park every year since my first trip a decade ago.  At around 8000 feet, this area has beautiful scenic landscapes, lush wildflowers, waterfalls, the east fork of the Kaweah River, and wildlife.  A few years ago I shot the Cold Spring Nature Trail for the Park Service, and after a trip or two uphill to Black Rock Falls (this page's header image, above) it is high on my list of late summer/fall photography locations.  At the end of the road, which winds through Sequoia groves, there is one of the larger aspen groves stretching up the valley, south, towards Farewell Gap - a colorful display in the fall.  While trailheads go off in many directions (all steeply uphill) we stay fairly close to the road. These past two years have been successful photography Sooty Grouse and their chicks.

The story of this area is truly unique.  At one time this high elevation valley was considered for a Disney Ski Resort (in the 1960's), but its remote location and difficult road access kept the valley from being anything but a summer home location.  Miners and hunters in the later 1870's first brought white men to the area, but the mines were less than successful and eventually abandoned - though they did leave traces of mining around the upper reaches of the valley, and they did create the initial road for horses and wagons.  A couple of summer home settlements remain, and eventually it was added to Sequoia National Park.  Views of Sawtooth Peak to the east, Farewell Gap to the south, and Timber Gap to the north surround the valley with photogenic sites.  

Reservations    We can meet at my home in Tulare or at a hotel in Visalia at 5am, or in Three Rivers on Highway 198 at 6am in the Pizza Factory parking lot.  From there we travel to the Mineral King Valley and photograph throughout the area.  We will stop for lunch, then shoot again through the early afternoon before heading back. 

Difficulty Level:  EASY

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