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Reviewed July 22, 2013

One of those natural wonders. An informative trip and a good hike till there. You could even bump into deers if you are lucky ;)

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Reviewed July 20, 2013

After leaving Death Valley, where it was 128 degrees F we drove toward Lake Tahoe. We planned to take a short side trip to see The Devil's Postpile, but when we got there it was only 42 degrees F and threatening to rain. As a result we carried on to Lake Tahoe, but decided to return to the Postpile two days later in sunny weather. We were glad that we did. It is obvious that some of your reviewers are not interested in geology. The 100,000 year old deposit of columnar basalt is spectacular. When we arrived at the National Monument the shuttle bus was not yet operating for the season, so we were able to drive the access road. The short access road to the Ranger Station was closed for construction, so a ranger directed people to park in a lot near the main road. When the young ranger noticed that we had my wife's elderly parents with us, he offered to let us drive down the closed road as soon as he got some equipment out of the way. As a result we were able to park only about .4 miles from the Postpile with an easy, level trail taking us the rest of the way. We really appreciated this young ranger's kind gesture. This is a beautiful area in which we would like to return to do some hiking. We would really like to see Rainbow Falls.

Thank Bob L
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Reviewed July 14, 2013

fantastic hike - well worth it. close to Mammoth proper if driving. interesting sights at the Postpile

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

While hiking we came across this monument. It's a natural phenomenon. There is information explaining how it came to be. It's a beautiful area.

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Reviewed July 12, 2013

This is one of those places that photograph does more than reality. OK, the postpiles are unique and interesting. It's a short, flat, and pleasant trail. But if you look at it for 10 minutes, you've seen enough. My first impression when I saw it was: is this it? Well, it's small. The whole postpile area is small and the postpile at 60ft tall is unimpressive. If you are staying at mammoth lake for several days, it's probably worth a visit. But we were on our way from Yosemite to Death Valley, and just passing by here.

First, we were misled by the person (ranger?) at the entrance station. She told us to go back to mammoth lake and take a shuttle. It cost us $22 (2 adults and 2 children) where we could have actually driven down the hill with only $10. Yes, the road is winding and difficult to drive and at places only 1 lane. But it was doable. She told us that the shuttle runs every 15 minutes, but didn't say that after 4:45Pm, it runs every 45 minutes.

Eventually it took us 3 hours getting in and out since we got out after 5pm. With bus running every 45 minutes, we can't afford to see any other sites along the shuttle route. It was too much time spent for an interesting but unimpressive site.

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