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Awesome hike on the fringe of the Donnel fire burn zone

The devastation from the Donnell fire was unbelievable. With all of the scrub gone, we were able... read more

Reviewed November 11, 2018
Woodbridge, California
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Trails are well maintained and the walk is unbelievably beautiful. Pictures cannot capture the awe... read more

Reviewed June 29, 2018
Sherri M
Southern Pines, North Carolina
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Rock columns formed out of ancient glacier remnants.
Pinecrest, CA
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Reviewed November 11, 2018 via mobile

The devastation from the Donnell fire was unbelievable. With all of the scrub gone, we were able to freestyle hike all around the Columns. Amazing.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank RCesena
Reviewed June 29, 2018

Trails are well maintained and the walk is unbelievably beautiful. Pictures cannot capture the awe of natural beauty. Take plenty of water!

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank Sherri M
Reviewed May 23, 2018 via mobile

If you or your kids are really interested in geology and rock formations - this will be an interesting stop for you. My daughter (9) liked it - we went there twice.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank AllyG99
Reviewed May 22, 2018

Short 1/2 mile walk that crosses the river, by bridge, to the base of the columnar basalt. Informative display boards along the way describe how the area was formed.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank Dan G
Reviewed September 11, 2017

This was a very short (about 10 minutes one way) and very easy walk/hike. Everyone talks about the Devils post pile and this is a smaller version of the same. The natural column like stone formations were interesting to see. If you are in the...More

Date of experience: August 2017
1  Thank CAManSon
Reviewed June 4, 2017 via mobile

Easy paved walking path with great scenery and educational posts along the way. Unchallenging for all ages. Stop and enjoy a lunch at the picnic tables before or after the quick walk up to the Columns of the Giants. Definitely worth the quick stop!

Date of experience: June 2017
2  Thank justbethp
Reviewed August 22, 2016 via mobile

If you're coming up from the west and can't make it to Mammoth and Devils Postpile, this is a good substitute. Forest Service has created a short walk to view a unique geological formation which will give an hour's enjoyment

Date of experience: August 2016
1  Thank Ronald L
Reviewed September 26, 2015

We took the 1/4 mile hike to Columns of the Giants. There is an informational sign at the start of the trail. The forest walk is nice to take on the way to see the basalt columns.

Date of experience: August 2015
1  Thank mini
Reviewed July 30, 2013

The Forest Service writes: "An easy ¼ mile walk to unusual geologic formation with spectacular views of basalt columns. Beautiful newly improved accessible trails just opened. Improvements made that addressed the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act and funded by the American Recovery and...More

Date of experience: July 2013
3  Thank MarshBruce
Reviewed November 28, 2012

So this is what the trees were like before logging. Its nce to see how things were before everything got cut down 100 years ago. Glad they kept this area intact.

Date of experience: July 2012
Thank Steven B
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