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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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California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2014 NEW

The gifts we receive from nature, and the Mammoth area abounds with them. The rock formation known as the Devil's Postpile is one such. Simply astounding!

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Livermore,CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

We visited in the off-season (mid September) and were able to drive all the way into the monument (must take a shuttle from Mammoth Mountain in the summer). Beautiful scenery abounds both on the drive in and on the easy walk out to the postpile. The postpile itself is awesome, especially for anyone interested in geology or the forces of... More

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Huntington Beach, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014 NEW

Should be god postpile as this is a slice of heaven. From the drive to the trail head to the postpile itself. Of the drivego slow ..no gaurd rails and the first step is a few hundred feet in places

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Long Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

Devil's Postpile Monument is worth visit during visit to Mammoth Lakes or Yosemite or a recommended visit on way to Lake Tahoe. Normally accessible through shuttle, shuttle is closed in Oct month and can be visited by car. Monument is open till Oct 31 this year. Though there is a way to go to the top of the postpile, it... More

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Jefferson City, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2014

It's really a shame that this wonderful and very unusual site has to be hidden away, but that only makes it that much more worth going to see. Words can't do it justice. You'll be amazed at the wonders of nature. Highly recommend. Then if you're headed toward Les Vegas, be sure to stop in at the WW2 Japanese Internment... More

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Venice, FL
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

For retirees who live at sea level, any hike is a challenge. The must do hike here is to Rainbow Falls, but due to fire and the 2011 blowdown there isn't too much shade and even cool temperatures are hot in that blazing sun. There is a 300' incline on the return trip when you are tired, so I suggest... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2014

Really no way to explain what this is without actually seeing it. The tops of the postpile look like paving stones that you'd find on a patio. The pile is quite amazing and staring up at all of the 'pipes' is pretty crazy. Short walk up to the top to look at the pavers and look down (carefully!) at the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2014

The road is curvy and narrow, but worth the effort to see such rare rock formations. The hike is easy and no problem with parking, go see if your in the area.

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Hollywood Beach, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 3, 2014

Right next to a river and an easy hike to explore the area. Interesting rock formations and gentle walking trail accessible to most visitors.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014

I've seen quite a few lava flows in my travels, but very few compare to Devils Postpile. Make sure to not only view it from the front, but also to make the climb up to the top to see the hexagons and glacially polished rock. With a long drive back to San Diego and having to catch a bus to... More

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