Devils Postpile National Monument, Mammoth Lakes

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See rare geometrically shaped basalt formations and 30 m (100 ft) tall waterfalls at Devils Postpile National Monument, which is within the Ansel Adams Wilderness. The formations were created 100,000 years ago when lava was flowing and cooling down and glaciers eroded, polished, and fragmented the basalt into long, symmetrical columns. Reaching 18 m (60 ft) high and ranging from 61 cm (2 ft) to 1.1 m (3.5 ft) in diameter, the formations give an impression of tall posts stacked in a pile. At the park, you can hike, camp, fish and go horseback riding. Look for animals, such as black bears, coyotes, and mule deer. You can explore on 13 km (8 mi) of trails on your own or on a guided tour. Use our Mammoth Lakes road trip website to arrange your visit to Devils Postpile National Monument and other attractions in Mammoth Lakes.
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  • In high season you can drive around with shuttle bus, but from the beginning of september should we even carry it around. If you only want to visit the impressive hexagon-shaped basalt columns, you should only go for a brief walk from the parking lot. We were there one morning in mid-september, and then on top of that, we were so lucky that we almost were the only ones in the area. Devils Postpile in itself does not take as long to inspect, but there is ample opportunity to view other fascinating natural phenomena in the region. It may be recommended that you take the ride on small 4 km. out past Rainbow Falls, but remember to bring plenty of water!
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  • We started out early this day and entered the park by driving our personal vehicle.. We were able to use our own vehicle because we had horseback riding reservations at the Red Meadows Pack Station(tr...  more »
  • You may want to take advantage of the shuttle flight, which is the Mammoth Mountain Ski Center starts and 6. stop. You do not need to bother with the parking, and the mountain roads are not unfamiliar driver so you can get into trouble. The 0.4-mile walk to station loose látványosságig. Not megeröltető, which cannot be said of the 2 mile from Rainbow falls to. Usually they see tourists both, but really only the start for her, who endure the climbs, often sandy, Stamen soil, blazing sun walking, and that's just the outward journey. Beautiful, but you have to work for it. Must be at least one liter of water per person, that must be because after we left the trail there is no drinking fountain. The great advantage of the bus it is even, that after we do not have the required component 2.5 miles in visszagyalogolni the kocsinkhoz, but also the much closer (not 1 miles) to reach the bus stop 10 pretty comfortably roughly an hour flying flight and returns to the Centre.
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  • Devils Postpile NM contains one of the best examples of columnar basalt (the result of rapid lava cooling) in the country. One can stand near the base, looking upward at the 60 ft high nearly-perfect symmetrical columns, or hike above to stand on top of the volcanic rock's hexagonal geometric forms. Glacial polish adds to their beauty. The Devils Postpile Formation is simply amazing. Because of winter snow conditions in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, Devils Postpile has limited visitation times. Usually, the park opens in mid-June and closes by mid-October, but can vary from year to year. During peak summer season, the use of a mandatory shuttle bus is required to visit the park. The Reds Meadow/Devils Postpile shuttle begins at the Mammoth Mountain Main Lodge where plenty of parking is available. Fees are $7.00 per adult, $4.00 per child. There's much more to Devils Postpile NM than its namesake basalt columns. A small ranger station is located where the shuttle bus stops. From there, a 5 mile RT hike can take one to the 101 ft tall misty Rainbow Falls. Backpacking access into the high Sierra including the John Muir Wilderness and the Pacific Crest Trail happens here. Rafting and fishing are popular on the nearby San Joaquin River. So whether just taking the shuttle for an afternoon or planning an overnight adventure, Devils Postpile is certainly worth a visit.
  • A Wonder. During the summer they have a bus. Go later in October and you get to drive down the very narrow, windy and steep road, complete with sheer drop-offs. So of the drive doesn't bother you , once you reach the parking area it's only about a quarter mile to the post pile.. which is the name they have to unique lava basalt that cooled in a way that resulted in hexagonal columns.. Adventure further 2.25 miles and see the wonderful rainbow falls.... The post pile hike is easy. The falls are listed as easy-moderate We did it as a day trip from Bishop, ca. The road I described adds about an 45 minutes once you get to Mammoth.
  • If you come to Mammoth outside of ski season, Devil Postpile is a must! It's Gorgeous back here! There's a lot of short or long trails to pick from in the general area & it's ALL either beautiful, fascinating or both! The trail to Devil Postpile is a perfect little (0.4mile) rolling walk of a trail for someone as out of shape as me to be able to deal with. Worth the 20 or so minutes it took us to get from the Devil Postpile parking area to standing in front of the Devil Postpile itself. It was another thing all together to do the longer steeper Devil Postpile Loop Trail that lands you ON TOP of a couple different sections of the Postpile which is smooth and tile like & mind boggling! Ya gotta do this! Ya gotta LOVE God's Creation!
  • This is a great stop. A bit off the highway but well worth it. Even the winding mountain drive into the park is interesting and beautiful. There are several hikes of various distances but the walk to the Devil's Postpile is only half a mile. The Postpile is a very interesting phenomenon. Bring your camera and take lots of pictures, there was even a professional photographer there when we were there.
  • Not as amazing as Yosemite, but definitely worth a visit if you are at Mammoth Mountain during the summer months. A very unusual rock formation and some very nice, accessible hikes.
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