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Devil's Postpile National Monument
Devil's Postpile National Monument

Devil's Postpile National Monument

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Sights and Museums, Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Monument, Scenic Lookout
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Devils Postpile Access Road, Mammoth Lakes, CA 93546
(760) 934-2289
http://www.nps.gov/depo/index.htm
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The basalt rock that forms this interesting formation looks like columns - or a pile of the Devil's posts. It's 60 feet high and one of the world' best examples of this interesting geological ... Read more
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San Diego

Super neat geological features! Natural hexicons and incredible high pillars. The top is ok to see the hexagons.

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Lovely place to hike and keep hiking towards Rainbow falls. Great for families and singles alike.

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Evening Hospitality Shuttle - Pink Line:
Guests staying in Mammoth wishing to shop and dine in the evening can now ride the complimentary evening Hospitality Shuttle, designated as the pink line. The evening Hospitality Shuttle operates 7-nights a week from 6:00 p.m. to midnight departing The Village at Red Line Stop #18 to the Mammoth Mountain Inn on the hour. The Hospitality Shuttle departs Mammoth Mountain Inn 15 minutes past the hour, The Village Lodge & Village/Canyon Blvd., at the bottom of the hour, Juniper Springs Resort 40 minutes past the hour, and Vons (Old Mammoth Rd & Meridian Blvd), Stop #9 at 50 minutes past the hour %2

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Los Angeles

Only accessible in the summer, Devil's Postpile is one of Mammoth's many areas that winter visitors, i.e., skiiers, miss. The pictures say it all. There is a trail that leads you to the top of the postpile but the view from the bottom is what makes it special.

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Los Angeles

Well for the devils review... why not review one of the most unique national monuments around. It is perhaps the most unique geologic formation that I know of. Definitely that I have seen.

Hundreds of pillars pushed up from the bowels of the earth and all were formed at the same time. Almost 45% are perfect hexagons. The other 55% vary between 3 and 7 sided columns. The speed of their cooling is what differentiated their shape.

They were also made even by a glacier…

Pro Tip: Bring a hydration backpack and a couple of sandwiches to picnic with =)

To get here first you must make your way across the John Muir Trail, the Pacific Crest Trail, or take the shuttle from Mammoth Mountain’s main lodge. The shuttle takes you down to Red’s Meadow pack station.

From there it is time to make sure your laces are on tightly and it’s time to hoof it to the postpile (multiple signs and a clearly marked trail help) and then to Rainbow Falls. You can do it in reverse as well. It’s a great hike either way and the summer flowers are beautiful in Reds Meadow as well. Lots of great flora and fauna for you to check out and enjoy as well.

The hike is at altitude which may make it difficult for you, however it is a doable hike as it is short without great ascents/descents. To further make you realize how easy this hike is, I did it the first time at the ripe old age of 4. Sure the kids may complain a bit, but seriously this is one of those get out of the house off your butt and do something easy kinda days that will bring you back into touch with nature and make you question why you don’t do that much much more often.

Pro Tip #2: I suggest going earlier in the summer as the trail is not as dusty ;)

I hope you do get out and check this place out. The memories it generates will last a lifetime. I can still remember parts of my first trek to the area. It’s also fun to see the mule trains as they are coming or going.

So yeah not really devilish, but please go check out this place. There are less than 20 places like it on the face of the Earth. It is definitely well worth the trek. I plan on taking the munchkin there sometime soon as well.

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San Diego

Amazing architecture from Mother Earth... Unique rock formation found in the trails. Definitely worth seeing... :-D

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Local from Mammoth Lakes

One of the most interesting geological features anywhere, it is but just one of many truly gorgeous walks accessible in Reds Meadow, just beyond Mammoth Mountain. There is also Rainbow Falls and countless other trails to walk.

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Camarillo

This is an amazing sight to see. It is a shot hike to get to but well worth it. It just goes to show how wondrous nature can be.

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Pleasant Hill
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When you live in the San Francisco Bay Area, seeing the Eastern Sierra sometimes seems unattainable. That's especially so in the Winter when all the passes are usually closed and the best and longest way is sometimes to go to Reno and then drive South. In the Summer or at least after the snow clears, driving access is easier, albeit long. Some time ago, my parents came to town and we did one of our "famous" driving trips. We went to Yosemite, continued on through the Tioga Pass, and began our exploration of the Eastern Sierra from a motel at June Lake. We eventually continued onto Mono Lake, Bodie and points North, but before we did we went to Mammoth and explored Devil's Postpile National Monument.

Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery. The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world's finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry. Please note that you have to take the Reds Meadow Shuttle into the park and then walk in further. This reduces the number of vehicles entering the Valley and helps keep the area more pristine. The formation is gorgeous, but you can get yourself killed if you're inclined to climb where you shouldn't. And for some odd reason, there's a little microclimate here that makes this place a little chilly, considering how hot it was when we started out. The added hike to Rainbow Falls is also worth your effort.

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Capistrano Beach

Hiking, Sightseeing, Waterfalls, Adventure

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A fairly mild hike good for the family.

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Long Beach

Hike to another excellent geologic site.

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Menlo Park

Amazing!

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Yreka

A must see while at Mammoth!

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Los Angeles

A geologic wonder and must see. Walk to the top for a special treat

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Bizzarre and Awesome!

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Amazing geological structure and an easy hike.

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Dallas

I lived at this site one summer! It's absolutely beautiful!

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Interesting hike

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