If you’ve ever ventured up the 25-mile road to the Mineral King Valley for a day hike, chances are you took the Nature Trail. It’s the only semi-flat, short trail in Mineral King.
If there’s a downside to the mile-long trail, it’s the lack interpretive signs. Hikers want to know what’s up with all this gorgeous scenery — wildflowers, aspens, geology, and a unique view of Sawtooth Peak.
At the east end of the trail, there’s a place where the earth turns a reddish, metallic hue. Something obviously occurred here in the heyday of the mining era (1873-1882). Historical signs are needed too.
Ash Mountain staff are already on task. Meet Erika Williams, vision information specialist for Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. It’s on a priority project list to add some state-of-the-art interpretation for the Nature Trail and several other Mineral King points of interest.
In a presentation Williams made to the the Mineral King District Association at their August 3 annual meeting, she explained her role and how trail signs go from drawing board to sign post.