In the decades that followed, mining and prospecting declined and other commercial interests began to take aim at developing this pristine area of the Western Sierra.
In order to preserve the valley it was annexed into Sequoia National Park in 1978.
Farewell Gap was the path taken in 1862 by Harry Parole when he "discovered" the Mineral King valley .
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.
Webcam pictures are obtained several times each day throughout the year depending on solar power availability (see "Picture Schedule" in the Special Features Menu).
Estimated air temperature, wind direction, and snow depth are also provided on this page.