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Mineral King: The Foundation of Modern Environmental Law
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The resplendent Mineral King Valley, as seen from the trail returning to the valley from Timber Gap.

Farewell Gap is visible on the left, at the end of the valley. Vandever Mountain (11,947 feet) is the mountain on the right side of Farewell Gap. Moving right, the tallest peaks are White Chief (11,159 feet) and Hengst (11,146 feet).

The bowls below these mountains—which contain numerous alpine lakes, including White Chief, Eagle, and the Mosquito Lakes chain—were the epicenter of Disney's ski resort plans.

Photo: Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice

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By The River
Rivers across the country provide sustenance to wildlife and human communities alike. Today, many are threatened.
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Beneath The Sky
The silhouette of wild places should be traced by the slope of hills and mountains and the reach of trees and shrubs—not by clearcuts, drilling rigs and industrial development.
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On The Mountain
Mountain ecosystems are some of the first places experiencing the impacts of climate change. Earthjustice is working to protect these ecosystems and combat the change.
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In The Forest
When we saved the forests of Mineral King, we started a trend for Earthjustice. Earthjustice has been saving forests for decades, achieving many significant victories.
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By The Lake
The serene beauty of a mountain lake is undeniably special. But even these refuges are suffering—from development, wind-drifted pollution, climate change and more.
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On The Trail
Whether we hike, climb, cave or raft the wild reaches, we must do so in a way that minimizes our impact to the ecosystem.
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See Also:

Standing to Sue

A look back at the birth of citizen-enforced environmental law and its profound impact on our world today.

Photo of Tom Turner. > Watch Video Interview

Walking the King's High Ways

Take a walk through the Mineral King Valley and experience the beauty of the Sierra Nevada mountains.

Photo of Mineral King. > Watch Video Experience

By The Numbers

Eight quick facts on Mineral King Valley, its history, and the legal work that saved it.

A cairn (man-made rock pile used to mark trails in the backcountry) designates the top of Sawtooth Pass.. > See Facts
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