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Devil's Postpile National Monument

Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760 934 2289
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Type: National Parks
Description: This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.
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Napa, California
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28 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2014

A half mile long cliff made up of Basalt Columns. Limited access, one lane roadway. Closed in Winter.

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Ballston Lake, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2014

Bring water and good hiking shoes. Very interesting place to see. Employees at site were very courteous and informative. Very beautiful trails and waterfalls to hike to.Loved every bit of it.

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Arlington, Tennessee
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

This is a must... it's a little off the beaten track but not that far. The hike between the Postpile and the waterfall is interesting as you look out at the terrain scarred by fire. The waterfall is beautiful, especially going down to the lower level and looking up at the falls. Just make sure you carry drinking water with... More

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Mission Viejo, California
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2013

The weather was perfect and the views were incredible, it was a nice day to hike. The walk to Rainbow falls was easy for the whole family.

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Salzburg, Austria
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138 reviews 138 reviews
20 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

On my first visit to Mammoth Lakes (May this year), the monument was still closed. Therefore I didn't miss the opportunity to visit Devil's Postpile on my second visit to Mammoth Lakes. I didn' regret my decision. Rainbow Falls and the nice hike to Devil's Postpile is very scenic and also pretty remote (we had to go there by shuttle... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2013

This is a great, short easy hike. The geology of the post pile is something to be seen and Rainbow falls further down is always impressive. The Town of Mammoth Lakes makes getting to the trail head easy and free. Like all the public transportation in Mammoth Lakes, the buses, shuttles, and trolleys are free and are dog friendly.

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Clifton Park, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

The short hike into Devil's Post Pile is well worth it. And, if you have the time, be sure to continue the hike to the top of the post pile where the stone resembles a hexagonal tiled floor.

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bay area, ca
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28 reviews 28 reviews
8 attraction reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2013

Was so glad the government shutdown ended in time so we could visit the Devil's Postpile during our recent Eastern Sierra Fall Color road trip. The monument itself was very cool to see, but the hike to Rainbow Falls really made the trip. Definitely prepare yourself for possible altitude sickness if you haven't had time to acclimate before the visit.... More

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Temecula, California
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70 reviews 70 reviews
16 attraction reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2013

This was our second trip to this magnificent piece of geology in the last decade. I always time it to avoid having to take the mandatory shuttle, and the crowds. Midday Friday in mid-October had more than enough people for me! As a visitor to the State & National Parks for over 3 decades, I'm outraged at having to pay... More

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so. bay
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 attraction reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2013

The trail is very easy to walk and takes you to Devil's Postpile and further down to Rainbow Falls. Can't get lost on the very popular hiking trail. I've walked it four times and each time was just as enjoyable as the first time.

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