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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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Maryland
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

Short walk to see very unusual landmark. Worth the effort to continue walking to Rainbow Falls and the bus ride to the trail head is thrilling.

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Imperail Beach
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

An amazing example of columnar jointing in California. The basalt that forms the postpile came from vents on the valley floor north of Pumice Flat over 100,000 years ago. Excellent trail to the top of the pile as well.

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We were turned around at the ranger station as we were unaware that we had to take a shuttle down into the valley ("the other said of Mammoth Mountain"). We had two kids and three adults and I have to say that it was well worth the cost (I think it was close to $30 for all five of us).... More

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Virginia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

We visited Devil's Postpile NM because it is a national monument. We took a short hike to visit the namesake, Devil's Postpile. It was not that impressive. It looked better in picture than seeing it with your own eyes. We also did a 3hr hike to Rainbow fall. It is a beautiful fall. However, I would not mark it as... More

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San Diego
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2014

This is an amazing place that you have to see when you visit Mammoth Lakes. Devil's Postpile is accessible by shuttle service from the Mammoth Mountain lodge.

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tustin
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014

Take the short hike from tram stop #6 up to Devil's Postpile where the natural hexagonal shaped "piles" will amaze you. Pretty unbelievable that these were not carved by man. Continue up the trail, an easy 2 mile hike, to Rainbow Falls. And yes there is a rainbow most of the time. This is a very pleasant day trip once... More

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Laguna Niguel, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

We've been visiting Mammoth for over 30 years and visit the Devils Postpile Area every year. The Monument itself is great and there are plenty of hiking and walking trails near by. There are nice picnic benches for eating by the San Joaquin River as well. While we've never camped there, the campground looks awesome as it is right next... More

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Pasadena, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Looking up at the columnar basalt wall made us glad that the vulcanism in the area has died down. This place was boiling and popping not that long ago! Definitely make that effort to hike to the top of the Postpile to see the extraordinary hexagonal "paving" formed by the cooling columns.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Fabulous piece of geology on a good 5 mile hike. Not spoilt by visitors. Well worth the effort of visiting.

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Coventry, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

Caught the shuttle which was about $8 which took you up to the 9 attractions that are only accessible with the shuttle bus get off at a sight you want to see then walk the treks to the next shuttle drop off pick up point.

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