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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