Timber Gap Trail Professional Review and Guide
"This trek gives you a nice panorama with a little less work than other trails above the Mineral King Valley, and even gives you a peek across the Middle Fork Canyon.Begin by climbing through sagebrush and grasses on a bed of crushed rock. A vista of Timber Gap—your destination—is to the north. As you rise up the lower slopes of Empire Mountain, views over the Mineral King Valley become more and more expansive. A cheerful cascade on Monarch Creek appears below hillside meadows to the right (southeast), just before the trail switchbacks and heads north.Experienced hikers may want to explore the historic wagon road leading to the Empire Camp ruins (destroyed by an avalanche in 1880) and the Empire Mine. Be sure to bring a compass because the old road can be tricky to find."
--Laurel Scheidt, Hiking Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (Falcon Guides).
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