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These are not "live" webcams since there is no electrical power anywhere in the Mineral King valley to support such operation.All the webcams and the meteorological station obtain power from solar panels that store energy in batteries.The upper image (FAREWELL GAP) is a view looking south along the axis of the Mineral King valley.The East Fork of the Kaweah River is in the foreground.The National Park Service operates campgrounds at Cold Springs (centrally located in the valley) and at Atwell Mill (about 6 miles down the road from the historic Mineral King community).Midway between these two campgrounds is the Silver City Resort with lodging, a restaurant and small store selling basic camping supplies and souvenier items.Access to the Mineral King valley is by a single, winding road that climbs more than 6,400 feet during its traverse of 25 miles starting from California Highway 198 near the town of Three Rivers.The road has no outlet, is not plowed of snow in winter, and the area is generally inaccessible from around November through April of each year.

The National Park Service's corral and tack building are in the foreground.

Farewell Gap, at 10,586 feet, is in the center of the image with the Little Kern River valley beyond.

It is framed by West Florence Peak at 11,783 feet on the left , and by Vandever Mountain, at 11,947 feet, on the right.

The National Park Service is greatfully acknowledged for hosting this webcam.

In the winter, a 10 foot tall pole in the right foreground, with alternating one foot bands, is used to determine snow depth.

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