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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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Provo, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

Loved the post pile and the trail to Rainbow falls. Beautiful. We took the dog and the river is awesome. Can access the rainbow falls trail further down the postpile road cuts a mile and a half off the trail. Can hike to the bottom of the falls and swim so if you like that take your suit. :)

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

The road going to and from the monument is narrower than most drivers will be used to and the usual bullies who don't know how to read signs will not yield the right of way to traffic going uphill, as the signs instruct. Do not let this affect your desire to go here though as once you arrive the hike... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

These rock formations only exist in a few places around the planet. We have seen the formations at Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland which are quite dramatic but these are impressive as well. The Devil's Pit Pile is worth the short hike from the visitors cabin and parking lot. It's a beautiful trail alongside a stream that eventually pours over... More

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Norwalk, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2014

This is their most popular hike trails. No more than 3 mile hike to the rainbow falls. Amazing views and moderate hike. They maintained the trail clean and preserved. Perfect for a day hike and great to spend all that fun hike at the falls. They do have multiple trails to get around and just depends how you want to... More

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Santee, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014

The Devil's Postpile is just a short little walk down a path. It's amazing to see the Postpile and read how it was formed/created.

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San Jose, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

We had always wanted to visit the Devil's Postpile, mainly to see the geological uniqueness of the Postpile. We traveled a beautiful trail to both the base and the summit of the Postpile. It is spectacular and the views from the top are amazing!

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

I was told by one visitor that Devil's Postpile was a must see and the most amazing rock formations he had seen in his life. Not sure I completely agree. They were interesting but as others have said, they do not blow you away. The hike to the top is a must so you can see the hexagonal tops to... More

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Oceanside, California, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014

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 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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