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Devil's Postpile National Monument

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Address: Pacific Crest Trail, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
Phone Number: 760 934 2289
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This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock...

This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.

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Really Cool -- Interesting Geological Wonder

We decided to stop for an afternoon / night in Mammoth during a road trip and had no hesitation about making Devil's Postpile the destination. We've been to Mammoth in the winter... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed November 15, 2015
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Palm Desert, California
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Palm Desert, California
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16 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2015

We decided to stop for an afternoon / night in Mammoth during a road trip and had no hesitation about making Devil's Postpile the destination. We've been to Mammoth in the winter when this areas is not accessible, but never during the summer so it was definitely a must see. I wish I had more time there! Note that you... More 

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Los Angeles, California
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54 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

It's difficult to find a location similar to this place. If you walk on the trail to the top of the postpile, you can see the arrangement of pillars being pushed up from below. Beautiful views and nicely done trails. Take the shuttle into the area as there are limits of driving your own vehicle into this section depending on... More 

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Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

Lots of burnt timber, squirrels and chipmunks. Rainbow falls a little disappointing - maybe we got there too early in the day with the sun at the wrong angle. The postpile is remarkable.

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Oban, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2015

I enjoyed my visit here. I'd just finished the JMT and went back to have a closer look. The Giant's causeway in Norther Ireland and Fingal's cave on the island of Staffa, Scotland are much more impressive but they don't have he glacier polished curved top like the Postpile. Easy walk from the car park even with an injured foot!

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Thank Gimli-by-sea
Sydney, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 7, 2015

Its about a 5-10 min walk from the car park to see the postpiles! Id recommend seeing this attraction beautful scenery and you make even see a few chipmunks. Drive down to the car park can be sketchy, on the narrow road.

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Thank Andrew T
California
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18 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2015

This is a great side trip off of hwy 395. Make a morning of it by taking the Mammoth scenic loop and checking out the Minaret vista on the way. The hike to the Postpile is easy but the altitude is high so bring a drink and your camera and be ready to be impressed by the strange abilities of... More 

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Eau Claire, Wisconsin
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2015 via mobile

Wanted to see this and rainbow falls.left early in the morning and got close then was motioned by a young officer to turn around. Asked him if there was a different way to get there and he rudely said I dont know.very arrogant guy.too bad cuz we really enjoyed the town!!!

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Thank Hottubby
San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015 via mobile

Some of nature's beauty at its best. Some hiking involved, but not hard. When in the area, don't pass it up.

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Thank Perry H
South East England, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2015

Lovely hike up a moderate incline to the most amazing spectacular of the Devil's Postpile. Created when molten lava cooled the hexagonal shapes built like a honeycomb structure are a triumph of nature. Lovely angles from the base but walk to the top and you really get to see how the formation was made not to mention the beautiful views.... More 

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Fresno
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2015 via mobile

Devils Postpile is definitely worth the stop. The hike is maybe a half a mile long with some moderate hills but it's doable if you are of average health. Trail is well marked and well maintained. The post file itself is remarkable although not as far as I had imagined.

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