Mineral King/Silver City Camping Help

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Mineral King/Silver City Camping Help

Post by smokeythebear » Mon Aug 28, 2017 3:50 pm

Hi all,

Long time lurker first time poster. I've hiked and camped in the Mineral King area several times--both in the campsites and back country.

My brother and I are headed up this weekend for the labor day holiday to do eagle lake (permit is ready to go). We're not likely to get to the area until late Friday. Is anyone going to be in Silver City on Friday (either at Atwell or the Springs . . . or at the resort) that wouldn't mind if we a pitch a tent at their site? By the time we get up there on Friday night the campgrounds will be full and I really dont want to stay down in Three Rivers. Thanks!








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Re: Mineral King/Silver City Camping Help

Post by Goat » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:17 pm

I cant really speak for the holiday weekend, but we were there two Saturdays ago and there were still a couple spots left at Cold Springs by 7PM. We saw a bunch of sites open at Atwell Mill just by driving by. You may get lucky.

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Re: Mineral King/Silver City Camping Help

Post by smokeythebear » Tue Aug 29, 2017 12:30 pm

Yeah it's a crap shoot I guess. I drove up two weeks ago and arrived up there around 11pm. Both Atwell and Cold Spring were totally full (drove around the sites to make sure).

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Re: Mineral King/Silver City Camping Help

Post by oleander » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:12 pm

In August 2016, on a non-holiday weekend, we arrived at Cold Springs CG on a Thursday evening around 8 or 9 pm and got one of the very last sites. The CG filled up that night. In the morning, as we left, people were hovering to take over our site.

We made a mental note not to ever bother driving up there on a Friday evening.

I heard Cold Springs was written up in a national magazine, in a feature article titled something like, "Best campgrounds in America you didn't know about." Well, everyone who read the article now knows about it. ](*,)

- Elizabeth

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Re: Mineral King/Silver City Camping Help

Post by smokeythebear » Tue Aug 29, 2017 4:21 pm

oleander wrote:In August 2016, on a non-holiday weekend, we arrived at Cold Springs CG on a Thursday evening around 8 or 9 pm and got one of the very last sites. The CG filled up that night. In the morning, as we left, people were hovering to take over our site.

We made a mental note not to ever bother driving up there on a Friday evening.

I heard Cold Springs was written up in a national magazine, in a feature article titled something like, "Best campgrounds in America you didn't know about." Well, everyone who read the article now knows about it. ](*,)

- Elizabeth
Super duper annoying.

Still hoping someone can help a brother (actually two brothers!) out! Just got the email that Silver City Resort is going to be totally full.

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