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“Nice hike, impressive landscape”

Devils Postpile National Monument
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Sierra Nevada Tour of Yosemite and Tahoe from San Francisco
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Owner description: This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.
Reviewed June 26, 2014

Oh the humanity! What were we thinking, going to a popular tourist attraction in summer on a Saturday? Almost took the fun out of it. You have to ride the ($7 apiece) shuttle up to the monument and they sardine you in with the last boarders standing all the way. The family with the little kids who wouldn't stop screaming even after the shuttle driver chided the parents to shut them up - if you are those parents, shame on you and the books you read on how to parent. But then, you hoof it quickly down the trail to the actual Devil's Postpile and stand amazed at the unique geologic formation. BRING WATER! it gets hot there. If you have good legs under you, hike up to the top of the postpile formation - great view. Then continue down to rainbow falls - tip o' the day: if it's crowded at the first viewpoint of the falls, clamber up the rocks there for an even better view. The walk down to the lower falls involves a workout to climb back up the stairs but since you made it this far you might as well go all in. Then you take you time walking back to Reds Meadow and get back on the shuttle. 3 hours total, not all that tiring. Worth it, but do try to go during the week and early in the morning for the best experience.

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Reviewed June 24, 2014

The ranger at the top of the trail to Rainbow Falls and Devils Postpile was so entertaining. He gave the kids a booklet so they could have a scavenger hunt. While hunting, all of us were learning about the hexagon shape of the rock formations and seeing things we might have otherwise passed by without notice. Not easy to get to Devils Postpile. First you must drive to the Mammoth Ski Area Main Lodge, then take the bus down to the ranger station. The hike from there is not too hard although the younger ones found the hike to Rainbow Falls after D. Postpile a lot easier than the hike up. Take water and your camera! There is a fee for the bus.

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Reviewed June 23, 2014

I had visited Devil's Postpile as a child with my grandparents 25 years ago, but my husband had never seen this unique rock formation. On our hike to Rainbow Falls we stopped for him to admire the rocks, and took the hike to the top of the pile to see the hexagonal shapes up close. He really enjoyed the trip, even though he is pretty tired of vacations to see rocks and trees. ;-P

1  Thank MinnieHM
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Reviewed June 22, 2014

This is a trip that is a must. A very short hike to Devil's Postpile monument. I was just in awe seeing the formation of these rocks. There's also a beautiful creek running where you can fly fish.

1  Thank Chris H
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Reviewed June 9, 2014

First of all, if you're planning on hiking a lot, be prepared, you are at elevation here. The drive in is lovely, although there are some steep grades, so be sure your brakes are in good condition. An easy hike to the upper Rainbow falls is well worth it. If you are up for some steep stone steps, then going down to the lower falls provides some great camera angles. I'd recommend first going to the falls, then going on to Postpile. Since it's west-facing, it's better in the afternoon light. Another warning, the road to this attraction is closed in winter, although exact dates vary.

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