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Best trails in Devils Postpile National Monument, California

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Looking for a great trail in Devils Postpile National Monument, California? AllTrails has 7 great hiking trails, forest trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Devils Postpile National Monument ranging from 1.6 to 6 miles and from 7,562 to 7,788 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Some details of the geologic origin of the Devils Postpile are not completely clear, but enough is known to reconstruct much of the story. Until recently, it was thought to have formed about one million years ago. Current studies suggest that the Postpile was formed less than 100,000 years ago when a cooling lava flow cracked into multi-sided columns. However, to fully understand the geologic setting of the Postpile we must go back millions of years to a time when there was no Sierra Nevada and California was a shallow sea. The beginning of North America For nearly 500 million years, what is now Eastern California was a shallow sea. The western edge of North America was several hundred miles east of the present coastline and North America was part of a large super-continent called Pangaea. This super-continent was the land mass from which all of today

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Top trails (7)
#1 - Rainbow Falls via Devils Postpile Trail [CLOSED]
Devils Postpile National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(820)
Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 17 m
Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the season: https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Reds Meadow Valley Road to Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the winter. Rainbow Falls is the highest waterfall in the eastern Sierras and is named after the rainbows that appear in the mist from the water flow on sunny afternoons. The trail is accessed from the Rainbow Falls Trailhead at the end of Reds Meadow Road in Devils Postpile National Monument and ends at a viewing area across from the 101 foot waterfall. This National Monument preserves and protects the Devils Postpile columnar basalt formation, Rainbow Falls and the pristine mountain scenery. There is a parking area next to the Devils Postpile Shuttle Stop. Although the falls are on National Park Service land, most of the trail wanders through Inyo National Forest.Show more
#2 - Devils Postpile Loop [CLOSED]
Devils Postpile National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(195)
Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 49 m
Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the season: https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Reds Meadow Valley Road to Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the winter. Show more
#3 - Minaret Falls Trail [CLOSED]
Devils Postpile National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(71)
Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the season: https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Reds Meadow Valley Road to Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the winter. Show more
#4 - Lower Falls via Devils Postpile [CLOSED]
Devils Postpile National Monument
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(95)
Length: 6 mi • Est. 2 h 52 m
Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the season: https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Reds Meadow Valley Road to Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the winter. Show more
#5 - Devils Postpile to Rainbow Falls and Fern Lake [CLOSED]
Devils Postpile National Monument
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(22)
Length: 12.9 mi • Est. 6 h 57 m
Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the season: https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The Reds Meadow Valley Road to Devils Postpile National Monument is closed for the winter. Show more
#6 - Lake Mary, Duck Lake, Purple Lake, and Ram Lake Loop [CLOSED]
Devils Postpile National Monument
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(2)
Length: 25.8 mi • Est. Multi-day
Reds Meadow Road and Devils Postpile National Monument closed for the season on September 7: https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The road is unlikely to reopen until mid-June. Show more
#7 - Lake Mary, Reds Meadow, Devils Postpile, Rainbow Falls Loop [CLOSED]
Devils Postpile National Monument
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Length: 18.1 mi • Est. 9 h 27 m
Reds Meadow Road and Devils Postpile National Monument closed for the season on September 7: https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm The road is unlikely to reopen until mid-June.Show more