This very steep hike offers great views of the Mineral King Valley and a good workout.
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Why Hike Timber Gap
The short, steep hike to the Timber Gap is a good workout and a great way to acclimate, ascending 1,670-ft in just 2.0 miles. Ever improving views of the Mineral King area are the rewards for this stiff climb to a forested Gap. Farewell Gap, Vandever Mountain (11,947-ft.) and White Chief Peak (11,159-ft.) frame the skyline above the beautiful East Fork Kaweah River Valley while a sea of granite summits and ridges rise along the south side of the Mineral King Valley. At the Gap distant views extend north to Alta Peak (11,204-ft.) and the summits rising above the Middle Fork Kaweah River valley.
I recommend getting an early start on this hike. The trail, which climbs steeply up dry exposed, slopes, can be a real scorcher during the height of the summer.
California's Southwestern Sierra
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