Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument
4.5
7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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7:00 AM - 7:30 PM
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This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.
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FrequentFlier317345
22 contributions
Jul 2020 • Family
Interesting basalt formation. Maybe more interesting if your read something about their origin on the available panels. We had to wear our baby in the carrier to get there. The trail from the parking lot is short but not paved and with some steps, so not good for strollers/wheelchairs. You also have to pay 10$ per car to access the parking lot, which gets pretty full so you end up parking somewhere among the trees.. be ready to wash your car afterwards to get rid of all the dust
Written July 28, 2020
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sjworldtravels
San Clemente, CA997 contributions
Sep 2019 • Couples
I was here every summer as a child but first time back as an adult. I remember it bigger back then but the structure is still awe inspiring. Finally was able to climb the trail to the top of the pile this visit. It is not a treacherous hike and a must do. We trekked from the rainbow falls route and that part of the trail was less crowded. Must see site in Mammoth
Written January 4, 2020
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GoGatorsWayne
Odessa, FL795 contributions
Jul 2021
Why does the devil get so much credit for geological wonders? This is neat display of volcanic rock work that is worth checking out. It is an easy hike. The hard part is the required bus ride to get there. We were standing for the 30 minute trip and we were crammed in. Zero breathing room and stuffy. The driver did not seem to care when using the brakes that people were standing and it was a rough ride. I think my arms are still tired from holding the handrail.
Written July 26, 2021
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Philippe A
3 contributions
Jun 2022
Unable to get up there due to traffic restrictions.
You can drive up after 4PM or you have to park downhill and take a shuttle bus.
Expect busy parking, long wait, probably not worth it. we decided to go somewhere else.
What is the fun of waiting with hundreds of people to see this small special place in crowded cramped condition?
I will go back off season, during the week and may be enjoy it?
Written July 6, 2022
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Firemonkey C
Napa, CA16 contributions
Aug 2021
The surrounding scenery is beautiful, but I think the rock formation is overrated. I expected to see more and it is just a little pile of rocks. I took the shuttle. The ride down was great. It took about 30 minutes. However, after hiking for 5 hours and getting sunburned, on the ride back, I had no seat and had to stand up with barely anything to hold onto. Luckily, I did not get car sick, but I think a lot of people were feeling it because it is a windy road. I drank all my water and had to get some at the Ranger Station. The hike only to the monument is easy, however if you are going to do that and Rainbow Falls, just be aware that it takes about an hour to reach Rainbow Falls. I do not recommend this hike for people with knee problems. A walking stick is very helpful. Not recommended for people with babies or small children (It's too long and too hot). Dogs get overheated easily. There is shade but it is very hot and sunny use sunblock. It is also dusty. Another point is there are bees, bumble and honey because of the wildflowers. Wear a hat.
Written August 8, 2021
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NellaiXpress
San Jose, CA113 contributions
Jul 2021
We visited on July 2nd and tried to drive around 10.00am. Got stopped at the gate as they have resumed the Shuttle services back. So went back to the Gondola start area and parked on the road-side. Purchased the tickets for the shuttle bus and park for a 2:30pm ride. Forgot to try the 4th Grader freedom America pass. This pass is accepted on some national parks and not in state parks. Would have saved some bucks! Glad I took the bus. Driving on that single lane road would have been a scary experience for me. My Gondola ride wrapped up earlier and we asked if we can take the 12:30 bus to Devils P. And to our surprised they said yes. We went straight to the Rainbow falls first and after wrapping it up, took the bus and landed in Devils P. The hike is short and sweet . We also tried climbing up to the top of the Monument. It's a short distance to the top but very steep steps. Tooks 15 mins for non-regular hikers like us to reach the top. And we also stopped by the stream on our way back. Very relaxed and Enjoyable visit.
Written July 5, 2021
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Angel S
Costa Mesa, CA581 contributions
Jul 2022 • Couples
Short 0.3 mile hike from the parking lot. If you arrive before 0700 you aren’t required to shuttle to the parking lot- it’s worth waking up early to do so and not have to depend on the shuttle. Cool site to see! From there you can hike another 2.2 miles to rainbow falls! We also advise doing this in the morning to avoid the direct sunlight as there’s limited shade and avoid the heat too.
Written July 31, 2022
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Jeff D
Murrieta, CA328 contributions
Jul 2020
This is a great spot to see some amazing sights. From the parking area the Devils Post Pile is a very short and easy hike. This entire area follows the San Juaquin River There are many access points to the river each one offering an amazing view. Here you can go on a long or short hike and make your day based on your desire or fitness level. Here, you can see some great views within a very short distance from your car. The Post Pile of course is an awesome site. If you continue down the trail abut a mile further you can see where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the San Juaquin River. Here is a beautiful wood bridge across the rover (see the pic). If you continue a total of 2.5 miles down you can make it to the Rainbow Falls. That would be a total of around 5 miles to the falls and back.

I suggest you arrive early and beat the crowds. It can get busy fast and parking can be hard to find. It's a must see at least once. Bring water and sunscreen and maybe lunch. There are many photo op locations in this area to give you amazing views.
Written July 22, 2020
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Wildwoodatheart
Santa Rosa, CA914 contributions
Aug 2020
We went to the Mammoth Lakes area just to visit this National Monument. It was a lovely walk, and not difficult. The drive to the monument is really beautiful, but make sure you head out early. Parking is very limted at the trailhead, and I believe the park service closes the road once the parking is full. Parts of the road are very narrow, with turnouts to allow cars to go by. It traffic gets too heavy, it could cause major issues. We arrived while there was still parking, so no problem for us. But on our drive out, it was non-stop cars coming in. The postpile itself is really interesting. We did not take the trail to the top, but just walking along the bottom is cool. The short hike in is also quite scenic, offering views of the river. Really lovely.
Written October 7, 2020
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D Crowell
San Marcos, CA4 contributions
Jul 2021
Mammoth makes you take a bus and wear a mask. Bus is overcrowded, standing room only. Windows were shut. Windy road for 35 minutes. Many of us got bus sick. Devil Postpile interesting but not worth the hassle. Waited 1 hour in line after purchasing last tickets available. Must reserve in advance. Not a great experience. Traffic, crowds, lines, and high fees. Go before 7am to drive your own car in.
Written July 16, 2021
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