White Chief Canyon

Three Rivers, California 93271

White Chief Canyon

White Chief Canyon Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"This trek to a magnificent alpine bowl passes two waterfalls, the ruins of a cabin, an expansive meadow, mine shafts, and marble caverns along the way."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks: Your Complete Hiking Guide (Wilderness Press)
Mike White
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"All trails in the Mineral King area are blessed with fantastic scenery, and the White Chief Trail is no exception. Visitors will experience wonderful vistas, delightful meadows, and off-trail routes to exquisite lakes. To top it off, this trip offers caves, a rare feature in the area. Some of the caves are naturally occurring stone caverns, while others are mines—all are potentially dangerous. Hikers with caving or spelunking on their agenda should contact the rangers in Mineral King before embarking on an adventure into one of the caves. Additionally, some of the mines are private property, requiring the owner’s permission for entrance."

White Chief Canyon Trip Reports

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This really is a beautiful trip. We started late and didn't make it all the way to the lake but as far as a meadow and the pristine stream running through it. The wildflowers were pretty.

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Trail Information

Three Rivers
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
5.5 hours
July through Sept
Sequoia National Park
Local Contacts
USGS Mineral King; Sequoia National Park Mineral King (available at park visitor centers)
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