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Although I often refer to my walks as hikes, this one really should be considered a walk. It is stunningly beautiful anytime of year, the fall might be my favorite time to be here. The mountain rises 3000' above the base of the lake, it should be seen in person as pictures don't do it justice. According to the Convict Lake Resort, the loop trail is closer to 3 miles.
Amazing hike, it never gets old!! It's super smart to go very early in the morning around 5am so that you yourself can drive down there and park wherever you want. I have taken the bus down there and i had to stand the whole time and quite frankly, i think any Californians or hikers will admit that having to stand in a packed bus isn't our cup of tea and we're not used to it. Also there are MANY tourists that you can avoid as well. Get up super early when it's still dark and drive down to Devils Postpile and catch the trail. You have to be at the entrance before, i believe, 7am or else they will not let you in! At this early in the morning, you can't see the rainbow at the falls because the sun doesn't hit it yet, but it is worth it. You might see one or two people, and it is so calming. Birds chirping and the sun rising, nothing beats it. This is amazing compared to the hundreds of people trying to get a peak at the waterfall, and hundreds of people on the trail alone. But whatever you end up doing, enjoy the whole experience!
Beautiful hike with nice views. Waterfall had a good amount of water and we even saw a rainbow. We walked over the top of Devil's Postpile which offered more views and a closeup look on the hexagon patterns. Total distance including hike back along the road was 5.9miles
Lovely, relatively easy if you are in good health. Breathtaking views of the mountains and
lake. Takes about 2 hours at an enjoyable pace. Wear a hat because first half , from the trailhead parking lot is unshaded. We saw deer and chipmunks and boy scouts and Australian students! Very enjoyable for sure.
We went in the evening, after 7pm, when you didn't have to take bus anymore and could just drive down the parking, right next to the Devil's Postpile. This way we were almost completely alone on the trail and were able to marvel at the monument in relative solitude.
During the day it's possible to take the bus to the Devil's Postpile stop and then it's only 0.5 miles to the sight, a little more if you want to go on top and see the hexagon squares on the surface.
More photos: https://csgirllife.wordpress.com/2016/09/15/devils-postpile/