"Mineral King Falls"

Sequoia National Park / Silver City, California, USA

About “Mineral King Falls”

Hiking Distance: roadside
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Date first visited: 2005-05-28
Date last visited: 2005-05-28

Waterfall Latitude: 36.45189
Waterfall Longitude: -118.62238

Waterfall Safety and Common Sense

“Mineral King Falls” is an unofficial name that I’m associating with this tall but unnamed waterfall.

It was easily overlooked despite being able to see it from right off the unpaved Mineral King Road.

Mineral_King_005_05282005 - Mineral King Falls
Mineral King Falls

Unfortunately, there weren’t any pullouts near the vistas to safely view this waterfall without blocking traffic.

So, in order to get the photos you see on this page, we basically had to take a chance by stopping the car in the middle of the narrow road, then get out and snap photos before quickly getting back into the car.

If another car comes in either direction while all this was going on, then I guess it’s a matter of how patient the other driver is to allow you to get a photo of this impressive falls.

It’s either that or over shoot the vista, find a pullout somewhere along the road as we approached the settlement of Silver City, and then walk all the way back to the vista for a view.

Anyways, we welcomed the sight of seeing this waterfall to break up the drive on Mineral King Road.


“Mineral King Falls” is in Sequoia National Park. For information or inquiries about this area as well as current conditions, visit the NPS website.

Mineral_King_007_05282005 - Zoomed in look at Mineral King Falls
Mineral_King_008_05282005 - Contextual view of Mineral King Falls

This waterfall is located near the Silver City on the Mineral King Road. Getting to the road itself requires driving about 2.5 miles east of Three Rivers on Hwy 198 where you’ll see the turnoff for this road. Then, you’ll be driving for quite a while on the narrow and unpaved road before getting close to Silver City (maybe close to 20 miles or so). It’s hard to describe where exactly you’ll be able to find it so all I can say is to have a passenger look out for it before you get to the Silver City or as you leave the community on your way back to Three Rivers.

For reference, Three Rivers is about 29 miles (about 30 minutes drive) east of Visalia on Hwy 198. Visalia is about 3 hours drive (188 miles) north of Los Angeles.

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Locals call this waterfall the “Three Sisters”. July 6, 2016 7:26 pm by Michelle Johnson - I grew up going to Mineral King with a family whose lineage goes back to one of the original miners. They call this waterfall the Three Sisters and I have known it by this name my whole life. Figured I would pass along this information since you didn't know the name! ...Read More

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