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Is Mineral King Road Open?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:33 pm
by mountaineer
Because of the private property and residences in Mineral King, I am assuming the gate is not locked as at other park entrances?

Does anybody know?

Re: Is Mineral King Road Open?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:43 pm
by RooPhillip
The gate was locked yesterday, despite the fact that Silver City Resort was still open at the time.

According to the Manager of the Silver City Resort, the
National Park Service closed and locked the gates along the
Mineral King Road this morning, October 5--earlier than the
previously scheduled date of October 28.


The property owners on the MK Road still have access because they can open the gates.

Re: Is Mineral King Road Open?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 3:52 pm
by mountaineer
Morons!

No need to lock the gate. There are no NPS services up there to speak of and I really don't need a ranger babysitting me anyway.

I could get political with my comments but will refrain. :)

Thanks for the info.

I was asking because the MK webcams were showing brilliant fall colors today and I was going to take a run up there.

Re: Is Mineral King Road Open?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:15 pm
by RooPhillip
Agreed.

Typically, the MKRS closes the last weekend in September and the campground hosts go home. The gates stay open until the end of October. For the entire month, you can camp at Cold Springs and Atwell Mill free, and permits are self-issue. What justification are they using for closing the gates now, especially when there's a private business still running up there? No one is at the ranger station anyway!

I pray they swept all the parking lots at the trialheads, and ascertained no one who was coming out from the back country was locked in. If they were smart they left the gate combo on any remaining cars. How do they know no one was planning on coming up the road to pick up a one-way hiker, who was expecting a ride? If anyone is in that situation, the driver obviously needs to be given the combination to the gates. But with no one answering the phone or answering questions...I hope this doesn't lead to a very bad situation for somebody.

And the fact that those beautiful aspens are "closed", well, that's horse-hockey. :mad:

Re: Is Mineral King Road Open?

PostPosted: Sun Oct 06, 2013 4:23 pm
by mountaineer
Horse hockey isn't exactly the word I would use. :)

Anyway, there is only one reason to shut it down and the reason is political and we know who is giving the shutdown orders.

Awwww crap! I just got political. Sorry. ](*,)

Re: Is Mineral King Road Open?

PostPosted: Thu Dec 05, 2013 8:03 pm
by RoguePhotonic
As I understand the road is closed because there is private property there. To protect it.

I'm not saying it is right but I thought that is why.

I was disappointed 2 years ago to learn it was closed when we had so little snow. I wanted to hike to Franklin Lakes and see it frozen over.