Distance: 4.5 miles (round trip)
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park, near Mineral King in California's Southwestern Sierra
This very steep hike offers great views of the Mineral King Valley and a good workout.
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- Distance: 4.5 miles (round trip) to Timber Gap
- Elevation: 7,840-ft. at Trailhead
9,511-ft. at Timber Gap
- Elevation Gain: 1,671-ft. to Timber Gap
- Difficulty: strenuous
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Mineral King / California's Southwestern Sierra
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.
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California's Southwestern Sierra
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