Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument

Devils Postpile National Monument
4.5
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Monday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Tuesday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Wednesday
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, California55 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Day on the Trails!
    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.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • Kevin P
    Waihi Beach, New Zealand476 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning columnar lava
    Stunning display of columnar lava. Best noted for the glacial polish on the top of it. At the moment access is restricted to Fri-Sun due to road repairs, and you have to pay $15pp for the bus to get there. But if you go after 7pm you can drive there and just get to see it just before dark. You must take your mosquito repellent!!!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 June 2024
  • sandbeachandsun
    99 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyed seeing this Natural Wonder!
    We enjoyed our visit to Devil’s Postpile! We purchased tickets from the Adventure Center for $15 a piece to take a shuttle bus round trip to stop 6. The road up to Devil’s Postpile is very steep and winding and is currently under construction. We were happy to have a safe round trip ride to this national monument. From there we hiked about 1/4 mile in to view this geological wonder. It was interesting to see and the hike was peaceful. After hiking the 1/4 mile back out we also visited Rainbow Falls, which can be accessed at stop 9 by the shuttle. Bring plenty of water and wear good sneakers or hiking boots. We would definitely visit this remarkable site again!
    Visited June 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 June 2024
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FrequentFlier317345
22 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020 • Family
Interesting basalt formation. Maybe more interesting if your read something about their origin on the available panels. We had to wear our baby in the carrier to get there. The trail from the parking lot is short but not paved and with some steps, so not good for strollers/wheelchairs. You also have to pay 10$ per car to access the parking lot, which gets pretty full so you end up parking somewhere among the trees.. be ready to wash your car afterwards to get rid of all the dust
Written 28 July 2020
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Wayne K
San Diego, CA178 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
Devils Postpile is a very interesting place to visit. It does not take long to visit the area, but it is a long bus ride to Devils Postpile. You must first get your tickets for the bus ride. The ride is long and winding. It does not take long to view the attraction, but if you like hiking there are many trails. Catching the bus back to the station could be a little tricky, for it could be very crowded and if there is standing room only, the ride will be a long one back. We enjoyed visiting the area, but once is enough. The entire area is very scenic and great for photography. The parking could be a challenge. There are lots and lots of people there and the parking area is always full.
Written 1 September 2021
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sjworldtravels
San Clemente, CA1,053 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Couples
I was here every summer as a child but first time back as an adult. I remember it bigger back then but the structure is still awe inspiring. Finally was able to climb the trail to the top of the pile this visit. It is not a treacherous hike and a must do. We trekked from the rainbow falls route and that part of the trail was less crowded. Must see site in Mammoth
Written 4 January 2020
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Kevin P
Waihi Beach, New Zealand476 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Couples
Stunning display of columnar lava. Best noted for the glacial polish on the top of it. At the moment access is restricted to Fri-Sun due to road repairs, and you have to pay $15pp for the bus to get there. But if you go after 7pm you can drive there and just get to see it just before dark. You must take your mosquito repellent!!!
Written 18 June 2024
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GoGatorsWayne
Odessa, FL826 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
Why does the devil get so much credit for geological wonders? This is neat display of volcanic rock work that is worth checking out. It is an easy hike. The hard part is the required bus ride to get there. We were standing for the 30 minute trip and we were crammed in. Zero breathing room and stuffy. The driver did not seem to care when using the brakes that people were standing and it was a rough ride. I think my arms are still tired from holding the handrail.
Written 26 July 2021
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Philippe A
3 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2022
Unable to get up there due to traffic restrictions.
You can drive up after 4PM or you have to park downhill and take a shuttle bus.
Expect busy parking, long wait, probably not worth it. we decided to go somewhere else.
What is the fun of waiting with hundreds of people to see this small special place in crowded cramped condition?
I will go back off season, during the week and may be enjoy it?
Written 6 July 2022
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Firemonkey C
Napa, CA16 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2021
The surrounding scenery is beautiful, but I think the rock formation is overrated. I expected to see more and it is just a little pile of rocks. I took the shuttle. The ride down was great. It took about 30 minutes. However, after hiking for 5 hours and getting sunburned, on the ride back, I had no seat and had to stand up with barely anything to hold onto. Luckily, I did not get car sick, but I think a lot of people were feeling it because it is a windy road. I drank all my water and had to get some at the Ranger Station. The hike only to the monument is easy, however if you are going to do that and Rainbow Falls, just be aware that it takes about an hour to reach Rainbow Falls. I do not recommend this hike for people with knee problems. A walking stick is very helpful. Not recommended for people with babies or small children (It's too long and too hot). Dogs get overheated easily. There is shade but it is very hot and sunny use sunblock. It is also dusty. Another point is there are bees, bumble and honey because of the wildflowers. Wear a hat.
Written 8 August 2021
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NellaiXpress
San Jose, CA113 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2021
We visited on July 2nd and tried to drive around 10.00am. Got stopped at the gate as they have resumed the Shuttle services back. So went back to the Gondola start area and parked on the road-side. Purchased the tickets for the shuttle bus and park for a 2:30pm ride. Forgot to try the 4th Grader freedom America pass. This pass is accepted on some national parks and not in state parks. Would have saved some bucks! Glad I took the bus. Driving on that single lane road would have been a scary experience for me. My Gondola ride wrapped up earlier and we asked if we can take the 12:30 bus to Devils P. And to our surprised they said yes. We went straight to the Rainbow falls first and after wrapping it up, took the bus and landed in Devils P. The hike is short and sweet . We also tried climbing up to the top of the Monument. It's a short distance to the top but very steep steps. Tooks 15 mins for non-regular hikers like us to reach the top. And we also stopped by the stream on our way back. Very relaxed and Enjoyable visit.
Written 5 July 2021
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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 31 July 2022
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Jeff D
Murrieta, CA323 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
This is a great spot to see some amazing sights. From the parking area the Devils Post Pile is a very short and easy hike. This entire area follows the San Juaquin River There are many access points to the river each one offering an amazing view. Here you can go on a long or short hike and make your day based on your desire or fitness level. Here, you can see some great views within a very short distance from your car. The Post Pile of course is an awesome site. If you continue down the trail abut a mile further you can see where the Pacific Crest Trail crosses the San Juaquin River. Here is a beautiful wood bridge across the rover (see the pic). If you continue a total of 2.5 miles down you can make it to the Rainbow Falls. That would be a total of around 5 miles to the falls and back.

I suggest you arrive early and beat the crowds. It can get busy fast and parking can be hard to find. It's a must see at least once. Bring water and sunscreen and maybe lunch. There are many photo op locations in this area to give you amazing views.
Written 22 July 2020
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