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Devil's Postpile National Monument

Pacific Crest Trail, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760 934 2289
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: National Parks
Description: This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.
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Oceanside, California, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

You descend into a valley next to the Mammoth ski resort, where you are surrounded by mountains, and deep in a forest. The forest smells of vanilla and cinnamon from the tree bark. The basalt post pile is unique and intriguing. There are waterfalls and a river flowing through the center.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2014 NEW via mobile

Walked from here to rainbow falls. Lovely walk interesting stuff about the geology but wouldn't go a long way out of our way to visit.

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Malibu, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Nice short hike that can be combined with longer walks-hikes. Short enough for old folks and little kids. Hexagons and Mother Nature it's best! Can get crowded but worth waiting for a parking spot.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Easy access, small in size ... lots of people. If you want to see this in solitude, be there at sun-up and then run away about 7

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

If you are a fan of 6-sided basalt formations, you are in luck! You don't have to travel all the way to Giant's Causeway in Ireland to experience these nifty igneous anomalies. Camping next to the San Joaquin River headwaters is a plus.

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Corona, California
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

Everyone, including the National Park Service, is treating this National Monument as though the only thing worth seeing is Devils Postpile itself. Well that's not true. Imagine if Yellowstone were called Old Faithful National Monument. As though the only thing worth seeing there was one geyser. And the goal was to keep people from seeing it. By restricting access, making... More

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Woodland Hills, California, United States
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71 reviews 71 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Devil's Postpile is a true natural wonder. You can camp, picnic, hike and fish. The Ranger are helpful and knowledgeable about the geology and other great spots in the area. In summer there are 2 ways to get to the Monument area. You can drive down before 7 AM and then back up after 7 PM. The easy way is... More

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Roseville, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

A mandatory shuttle from the gondola area ($7) will take you close to this geological wonder. A short hike will get you there when the bus drops you off. A little more rugged hike is over 2 miles to Rainbow Falls but worth it even in a drought year. Take water, snacks and wear hiking shoes for this day. I... More

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San Leandro, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

This is a must stop if you're in Mammoth or passing through, Spring through Fall. I was disappointed we had to pay to take a shuttle bus down to the postpile, but I understand the need to minimize environmental impact. The tour bus guide was very informative. I also learned that there is a lot of hiking down in that... More

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Palo Alto, California
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19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

It's not actually an admission fee, but it is what we paid for a coach ride in to the Devil's Postpile National Monument. From where the bus drops you off it is merely a .5 mile easy walk to the lower portion of the postpile. If you are slightly more energetic there is an easy to find and follow path... More

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