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“Great Side Path of Life”

Ranked #5 of 6 things to do in Pinecrest
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Owner description: Rock columns formed out of ancient glacier remnants.
Chicago, Illinois
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925 reviews
152 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 322 helpful votes
“Great Side Path of Life”
4 of 5 bubbles 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 Reinvestment Act (ARRA). We invite everyone to enjoy this unique geological formation and interesting interpretive trail."

We enjoyed it. Easy walk.

Directions: Next to Pigeon Flat Campground 24 miles east of Pinecrest on Highway 108.

Visited July 2013
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English first
Pinecrest CA
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“Original Forest”
4 of 5 bubbles 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.

Visited July 2012
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Atwater, California
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“Very cool”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2012

I go to Column of the Giants often when I'm going up for an overnight camp at Sonora Pass with family. It's a nice little hike and the slabs of rock are pretty cool. If you're in the area, it's worth a visit.

Note* If you've ever visited Devil's Postpile in Mammoth, it quite the same, just a bit smaller

Visited March 2012
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Sonora, California
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“Good Day Hike”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 24, 2012

Not far from the road. I think its accessible in the late spring,summer and fall. Check on winter. Make sure you bring a pack with snacks and plenty of water. The rock forms are neat to see.

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SF Bay Area
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“Worth a short stop”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2012

Stop and give yourself a welcome break enjoying this sight.. Not worth a special trip, given how many stunning places are so close, but worth a stop if you are in the area. If you are relaxing, take a chair and settle down with a book and enjoy.

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