Mineral King’s Nature Trail in the queue for new signs


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.

Mineral King’s Nature Trail

2 thoughts on “Mineral King’s Nature Trail in the queue for new signs

  • August 23, 2019 at 8:53 am

    I’m looking forward to having the interpretive signs back along the trail. I hope they continue to the end of the trail in “Beulah!”

  • August 24, 2019 at 6:49 am

    I look forward to seeing what Erika has planned! It would be wonderful to see the narratives that have been erased from the area’s history returned. For example, the silver extraction operation visible on the trail was owned by one of Mineral King’s astonishing female miners. These women owned mines decades before women are believed to have owned mines elsewhere in the western U.S., and may have been the first women in the U.S. to do so. It would be wonderful to see the Chinese story included as well, given the role the immigrants played in building the road and digging the New England Tunnel. Their contribution despite violent discrimination deserves a visible place in our narrative.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.