Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Thursday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Friday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Saturday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This obscure part of the National Park System features unique basalt rock formations.
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Momof3boys11235
Corona, CA56 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023
We had a great experience hiking to Devil's Postpile! It wasn't very far from stop #6 on the tram/bus that takes you into Reds Meadow from the Main Lodge up the hill (about 3 miles) from the Village. The cost was $15 for each person over 15 and was well worth the round trip. We got our tickets online a day or so ahead, but you can also purchase them at the Adventure Center (where you get on the tram). The road is very narrow and windy. There is only really room for one vehicle at a time, so cars or the tram has to continually pull over as they both pass each other. We actually hiked up to Minaret Falls from this trail as well. It was well worth it and was about a mile each way (up and back). After Devil's Postpile, we continued up the hill on the Rainbow Falls trail. That was longer, but so worth it as well. Go down the stairs to see the Lower Falls if you can! Then we hiked back up and caught the tram to head back to the Village at stop #10 ,where there is a little store to get a cold drink or maybe an ice cream treat! Get going early for this hike! We got up there at about 9:15 and we were really glad we did. It gets more crowded and hotter as the day gets later.
Written August 13, 2023
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araxas
Colorado Springs, CO215 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
An amazing geological formation is well worth the hike. If you can make it to the top, some amazing views of the Postpile and the surrounding forest. Rainbow Falls is just down the road and both treks make for an enjoyable day.
Written October 15, 2022
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Suzanne M
Cypress, CA5 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022 • Couples
Now closed for the season, but visited last week.Disappointed in our visit. Used our Nat Park pass, and was given no maps or info at entry, and no friendly greeting, which seemed odd. Drove down this crazy long steep winding road, only to be greeted with a "parking lot full" sign, where you park to see the "Devils Pile". Sign said to park further down and walk. Further down, was WAY further down. We drove all that way, and there was no way there wasn't parking. There were no staff there to know, and obviously people have come and gone, so we drove around the cones and sign, drove to the parking lot and parked. What poor management!!! Most National Parks we go to are run well and have fantastic staff, this one needs improvement.
Written October 13, 2022
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JBRetired
Apple Valley, CA476 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
Something difference for sure it truly looks like someone built it. The one side seems to be collapsing. Short hike in most people can do it. The road going down is one lane with two way traffic for about 4 miles
Written September 28, 2022
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Leslie D
Oxnard, CA55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
We hiked in the short distance. It was an amazing spectacle. The hike was very easy. I would love to see it again.
Written September 26, 2022
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Leon G
Anthem, AZ1,755 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Couples
This is a unique rock formation. I’ve never seen it before. It’s a drive to the station and a good vea;k to,the monument. If you are intrepid, it’s a fairly steep climb to the top to,see the top of the crystalline mosaic. Wearing hiking boots or shoes. Recommended.
Written September 9, 2022
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G783CCjuliem
42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2022
It’s amazing to see the wonders of nature. Devils post pile is remarkable. Definitely worth seeing. Continue on to Rainbow Falls.
Written August 20, 2022
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Angel S
Costa Mesa, CA619 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Couples
Short 0.3 mile hike from the parking lot. If you arrive before 0700 you aren’t required to shuttle to the parking lot- it’s worth waking up early to do so and not have to depend on the shuttle. Cool site to see! From there you can hike another 2.2 miles to rainbow falls! We also advise doing this in the morning to avoid the direct sunlight as there’s limited shade and avoid the heat too.
Written July 31, 2022
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Timothy Y
Redwood City, CA2,177 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
You have to pay for a shuttle ride to get here unless you drive before 7am or after 6pm. We ended up driving after 6pm to get here so we wouldn't have to pay. It's a pretty long windy road to drive down to get there. Also, there are a TON of mosquitos at the time we went. They were everywhere. It made the stop a lot less enjoyable. It was basically jog to the postpiles, take the pics, and jog back. The hike is pretty short though to get there.

We've been to Devil's Tower in Wyoming. I liked that a lot better than here.
Written July 29, 2022
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Jeffery M
Laguna Niguel57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Depending upon the time of year that you visit the Postpile you may or may not drive to the parking lot. Our first visit was in October of 2021 and we drove the very winding, switch back filled road down the valley to the parking lot. Our recent visit to Mammoth Mountain in July 2022 was high season for the area and a tram ride down to the parking lot was mandatory, unless, I believe you get up VERY early to make the drive. Tickets can be purchased at the gondola area at Mammoth Mountain Adventure Center. The cost is $15 for adults and $7 for kids. The tram looks like an easy experience. If the cost of the tram doesn't deter you, you will be treated to a small geologic wonder. At the parking lot you will hike an easy, short trail back to the Pile and view the result of basaltic magma that has cooled slowly below the surface the earth giving it time to form the classic hexagonal columns known around the planet. Walk around the base of the pile and make sure you take the relatively easy, short hike to the top of the formation to view the cross section of the pillars and take note of the hexagonal (some are five side and some are seven sided as well I believe) patterns. Also be sure to look for the parallel lines that gouge some of the faces on top. These scrapings are the result of the glacier which passed over top of the formations and exposed it for us to see and enjoy. This is a kid friendly hike and could easily be complete with an infant on your back in a carrier as well.
Written July 19, 2022
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