Atwell Mill Campground

Sequoia National Park, California

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Drive through torrid Visalia on any July afternoon and you’ll know why the Yokut and Monache Native Americans fought over the summer camps by Atwell Mills, where it is pleasant during the day and cool at night. They built little, round thatched houses and carpeted the floor with oak leaves and ferns. The women gathered most of the food, and the men spent most of their time in the sweat house. Summer was a time of plenty for them, with pine nuts, fish, manzanita cider, wild tobacco, and an occasional deer. The deer were stalked by one man alone, wearing a deer disguise and using arrows poisoned with rattlesnake venom. The Native Americans here led a great life, but it went like the wind when the white man appeared on the scene, hot after the riches of Mineral King.

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"Drive through torrid Visalia on any July afternoon and you’ll know why the Yokut and Monache Native Americans fought over the summer camps by Atwell Mills, where it is pleasant during the day and cool at night. They built little, round thatched houses and carpeted the floor with oak leaves and ferns. The women gathered most of the food, and the men spent most of their time in the sweat house. Summer was a time of plenty for them, with pine nuts, fish, manzanita cider, wild tobacco, and an occasional deer. The deer were stalked by one man alone, wearing a deer disguise and using arrows poisoned with rattlesnake venom. The Native Americans here led a great life, but it went like the wind when the white man appeared on the scene, hot after the riches of Mineral King."

Activity Type: Campgrounds
Nearby City: Sequoia National Park
Season: Memorial Day–October 31
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Atwell Mill Campground

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9/22/2006
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Whatever you do, wherever you hike, just make sure you spend time in Mineral King and Cold Springs Campground. The facilities are great in the campground. And the Mineral King valley is just amazing. Start going up, and it just gets better. We hiked to Mosquito lakes. There are tons of hikes though. Next time I'll play to spend at least a night out in the wilderness. It's just beautiful.



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