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There is no gasoline available anywhere at Mineral King or along the access road.
The nearest gas station is at Three Rivers on California Highway 198, about 25 miles down the winding MK road.
The National Park Service operates campgrounds at Cold Springs (centrally located in the valley) and at Atwell Mill (about 6 miles down the road from the historic Mineral King community).
Midway between these two campgrounds is the Silver City Resort with lodging, a restaurant and small store selling basic camping supplies and souvenier items.
On occasion there may be the serendipitous view of wildlife such as deer or bear that inhabit the area.
The town of Three Rivers is the gateway to Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.
The upper image (FAREWELL GAP) is a view looking south along the axis of the Mineral King valley.
In the winter, a 10 foot tall pole in the right foreground, with alternating one foot bands, is used to determine snow depth.
Cabins of the old historic Mineral King community can be seen on the left in the distant foreground.
The Mineral King webcam image is taken from Potato Patch Ridge at an elevation of 7,830 feet.
Access to the Mineral King valley is by a single, winding road that climbs more than 6,400 feet during its traverse of 25 miles starting from California Highway 198 near the town of Three Rivers.
The road has no outlet, is not plowed of snow in winter, and the area is generally inaccessible from around November through April of each year.
Farewell Gap, at 10,586 feet, is in the center of the image with the Little Kern River valley beyond.