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Devils Postpile National Monument
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Owner description: This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.
Reviewed August 12, 2010

We were in Mammoth for Bluesapalooza Aug 2010 and it was our first time to Mammoth, so we wanted to explore the area as well as attend the festival. We went out to the Monument on Saturday morning and got on the shuttle about 9:30am. We got off at stop 6 for the trail to the Postpile. We walked the trail from the stop to the Postpile and on to Rainbow Falls and out to stop 10 to catch the shuttle back to the parking lot. We got back to the parking lot about 1pm. We are strong hikers, but took the walk at a leisurely pace. The path is very nice and easy and well maintained.

This may not be a must see attraction, but it was a nice walk and the smell of the pines there was fantastic!

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Reviewed December 10, 2009

We were actually staying in Lee Vining at the eastern entrance to Yosemite, but took a day out to go down to Mammoth Lakes -- mainly just to go into this national monument -- and we certainly don't regret it.
The hike to see the postpile, which is very unusual, only takes about 10 minutes (one-way). You will get the best pictures later in the afternoon, when the western sun shines brightly on its face. So we went into the park shortly after noon, and first took the hike back to Rainbow Falls, which is about 1 mile one-way. Not a bad hike at all; we two are in our 60's and managed it well (although it's not completely flat). The Falls are really impressive -- frankly a more awesome sight than the postpile. There were a lot of people back there just sitting for some time to admire the Falls.

Our visit here was on a weekday, and still the shuttle buses back to the monument were crowded -- and that condition only worsens as the day gets later, as people are trying to get out. But we did manage to get back by about 5:00 PM or so. The mandatory shuttle buses in the Summer time leave from Mammoth Mountain resort/ski area.

4  Thank Weston66
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Reviewed August 6, 2009

The Devil's Postpile, is an interesting rock formation but will take you only 10 minutes maximum to visit. I'd recommend you go if you love to hike and see a beautiful forest.

Took a 25 minute shuttle bus ride from the ski resort to the park. If you bring your dog note that it has to wear a muzzle on the shuttle bus. The ride back was a bit of a bummer because we had to stand the whole way because the bus was packed. The driver said they'd all be that way in the summer.

1  Thank lemeSanDiego
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Reviewed July 22, 2009

We stayed in Mammoth but took a day out of our itinerary to check out Devil's Postpile and Rainbow Falls. Devil's Postpile was really interesting and made for some cool photos. Be sure to hike to the top, it'll take your breath away (figuratively and literally). The top shows the hexagonal shapes formed by the slow-cooling lava. We then hiked to Rainbow Falls. The trail got hot at times when you were walking through the parts burnt by the forest fire. Cool pictures at the lookout points, but to get to the full effect, you must take the stairs to the bottom of the falls. Again, it will take your breath away. After we explored at the bottom, we crawled back up the stairs, then took another trail down to Lower Falls. That was a nice excursion, since the trail was very secluded and so were the falls. These falls are smaller, but form a larger pool, perfect to dip your feet in (COLD!) and skip rocks. We then made the hot journey back uphill to the resort and stopped to have a milkshake ($6.25, yikes!) to cool off. Altogether we hiked around 51/2 miles, and I wouldn't recommend that for someone who is not in good shape or is not used to hiking. We took the bus back to Mammoth, and the only negative thing I have to say is we didn't get seats both ways on the bus, which made some of us get carsick. Other than that, I loved this place, got some incredible photos, and made some great memories.

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Reviewed July 30, 2006

I've never been to the Devil's Postpile and wasn't sure what to expect. I was expecting to drive to a trailhead, hike in 1/2 mile or so, see the rocks and then head on to the next site. However, it turns out that there's a mandatory shuttle leaving from the Mammoth Mountain ski resort. Of course, it costs $ and the shuttle bus turns a 15 minute car ride into a 45 minute ordeal complete with 75 other hot, sweaty hikers and their dogs. Yes, the shuttle allows your pooch to join you.

Once you finally get down to the bottom of the valley, there are several shuttle stops for the campground and various trail heads. The hike to the postpile is very scenic and relatively easy. The rocks are interesting but don't expect more.

We intended to hike to Rainbow Falls but the hike was nearly 3 miles and we didn't feel like dragging our 2 year old along, especially given that we still had the 45 minute bus ride back up to the parking area. Instead, we soaked our toes in the San Joaquin river (I believe) and enjoyed the sites.

Next time, we would plan to make this an all-day trip, seeing the many sites down in the valley. If you're just going to see the Devil's Postpile (like we were) then I don't think you'll find the time and $ is worth it.

13  Thank JohnKr
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