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“Unique Rock Formation” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Devil's Postpile National Monument

Devil's Postpile National Monument
Pacific Crest Trail, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
760 934 2289
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Owner description: This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.
Chattanooga, Tennessee
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“Unique Rock Formation”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Unless you go before 7 a.m. or after 7 p.m., or stay at Red Meadows, you will be riding a bus from Mammoth Mtn and yes there is a fee for this. It is not a long ride, but if you are not fortunate to get a seat, more a problem coming back than going...it is a windy, curvy ride. Backpackers also use the bus to get to this area and on to the backcountry. The bulk of the crowd gets off at the Ranger Station and trucks off past the creek and meadow to Devil's Postpile and on to Rainbow Falls (will review that separately). It is a nice hike, so ups and downs. We avoided the immediate crowd and went across the creek to Minaret Falls (1.5 miles one way from Ranger Station). It was nice, decent but not great water. We enjoyed climbing around the rocks. My youngest made it to the top. I tried but my age caught up with me! WE had it to ourselves until we were leaving and a number of folks headed there or just arrived. We made it back to Devils Postpile, but due to time constraints, did not do the upper loop. just viewed from bottom and headed on to Rainbow Falls. Worth the trip.

Visited June 2014
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Orange, California, United States
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“Awesome place to visit - short hike, beautiful view”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

I've been here numerous times and it never fails to inspire me. It's a short, easy hike from the Ranger Station and there are amazing views along the trail so it's a very pleasant hike, easily accessible for most people. If you can, hike to the top and look at the 'postpiles' there as you can see the composition of the 'tiling effect' on the top. It's an amazing geological feature of the area and if you want to learn more about it, there's a very interesting booklet for sale at the ranger station.

Visited June 2014
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Rapid City, South Dakota
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“Different”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

This is a must see once place, it's very different, and pretty at the bottom of the canyon, along the river, easy walk, bus takes you to the bottom. Only not so nice thing is a LOT of people there, so it's not so peaceful, if you are looking for an out of the way place, but go see it once and take pictures to remember.

Visited July 2014
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Tehachapi, California
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“Beautiful water fall”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Take the walk -- five miles to see it well worth the effort. Be sure to take water with you even if it's not too hot the climb out is all up hill.

Visited June 2014
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Roseville, California
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“Hike Rainbow Falls to Devils Postpile!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

We started at the trailhead for Rainbow Falls which was a great choice since most people got off the shuttle bus from Mammoth at Devils Postpile. The hike is about 1.3 miles and be hot and dusty in June so bring plenty of water. Rainbow Falls was spectacular to see even during a drought year! Make sure you walk up a little further to the overlook to see the best view of Rainbow Falls. There's also steps down to the base of the falls if you don't mind walking down then back up a series of steep steps. There's also a 1.0 mile trail out and back to the lower Rainbow Falls which most people don't continue down, but is well worth seeing. Then we hiked the 2.5 miles from Rainbow Falls to Devils Postpile. After viewing it from below be sure to make the effort to go to the top. The glacial striations of geometric basalt lava columns is amazing!

Visited June 2014
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