Devils Postpile Loop is a 1.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near June Lake, California that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.3 miElevation gain232 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingForestRiverViewsWildflowersWildlife
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SEASONAL ROAD CLOSURE: The roads leading to this trailhead, Minaret Summit Road and Reds Meadow Road, are closed during winter. For more information, please visit: https://www.nps.gov/depo/planyourvisit/conditions.htm

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Farhan Khan
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Road closed as of 10/3 due to ongoing fires

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tammy nguyen
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Hiking

Quick trail to the monument, you can also make your way up and get on top on the post pile for even greater views! FYI Very busy during COVID

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Jan Garcia
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HikingGreat!

Just a quick and straightforward trail. I enjoyed stopping by the river to dip my tired feet then headed back to the parking lot.

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Corey Miller
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HikingGreat!

Wife and I arrived at 9 am on a Tuesday had to park in back up lot so we got some extra steps in before the hike. Lots of shade for stops, it was close to 90 that day. Not too crowded for a “tourist stop”. Everyone was respectful for Covid stuff. Next time we’re bring clothes so we can get in the water at the falls.

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Austin Steelman
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Single note but a pretty amazing single note as the main attraction is worth seeing from above and below.

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Mark Orland
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Beth James
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Very busy trail but a cool feature to see.

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K T
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super busy but most people were wearing masks. beautiful short easy hike.

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Mike Mikenmyk
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The parking lot near the ranger station fills up in the early morning.

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Evan Kravitz
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Beautiful hike. Trail very well maintained. The Rainbow Fall is breathtaking and Devil’s Postpile is a head-scratching natural beauty. We arrived super early and had most of the hike to ourselves out, more crowded like the other comments on the way back. But the trail is relatively wide enough where you can keep space if you’re thoughtful about it.

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Andleeb Dombrowski
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HikingGreat!No shade

This was really cool. It was crowded and many people without masks. There are 2 parking lots, if you park in the upper lot, then you’ll need to hike an extra .25-.5 mile.

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Dawn Runge
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Hiking

Really nice to do in the morning as a warm up for other hikes

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Jose Araujo
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Easy trail.

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Peter Ma
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As described. Pretty hot in sun. Crowded and very few mask wearers.

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Ben McCormack
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Beautiful short hike. Get there early to secure parking

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Nicolaj Olsen
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Hiking

Lots of dogs and people. I usually let Carl off leash, but it was to crowded today. Steep stats down to the falls. Overall a moderate hike. Distances are always longer than advertised.

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Marina Castaneda
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WalkingGreat!

Easy flat trail great for all ages and it’s shaded our kids have walked this since they have been able to walk and the grandparents can join us no problem. There are benches to enjoy the beautiful shaded trees and listen to the creek. It’s a must when we visit Mammoth.

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Kevin Allen
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Light traffic early but getting packed on the way out. Go to the top it’s worth it. Also take the side trail to the falls at least to the bridge for more great views.

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CaliforniaGator EC
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Walking

We did most of this back in the first week of August. It was nice. We got there early to miss some of the crowd and it wasn't too busy. They have you park in the campground. The 'hike' (leisurely stroll) was easy, but a little dusty. Then, to get another view we crossed the bridge and went up to the pack trail and JMT to get a little higher view from across the river. Be sure to get there early. Also, be sure to get down to the river along the hike, especially around the campground where there are less people.

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Nicole Allen
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Iam Wood
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Great, well maintained trail down to the falls. Mostly downhill on the way in which means mostly uphill on the way out, but totally worth it to see the columnar basalt AND a waterfall with its own rainbow!!

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Michael von Frausing-Borch
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Rachel Sanders
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Definitely get around 7am and there’s plenty of parking and not as many people. Line to get in when we left. Fun hike and waterfall amazing!!!

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Quynh-Thi Vidal
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Elevation is not a joke. Take it slow and enjoy the views.

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Arushi Rana
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Beautiful but crowded trail. If you're looking for a quieter lunch/swimming spot, continue down to the lower falls (~0.7 mi past rainbow falls) which are equally beautiful but much less crowded.

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Aurelia Moore
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I would definitely recommend this short hike. Popular hike amongst tourist. Very heavily traveled. Devil's Post Pile is spectacular!

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Rochelle Garner
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The rocks are just amazing! One of earths gifts!

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Erin Grady
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The postpiles are really cool. The hike was pretty. This trail was very busy. We had kids with us that didn’t want to do the longer hike all the way to rainbow falls from here so after we finished the postpile hike we parked by red’s meadow resort and it was about a 1 mile hike to the top of the rainbow fall from there.

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Jerod Storti
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Great trail with amazing views and national monuments. Seeing the scared landscape from the forest fire in 1992 was wild. The trail is a must if you have not done before. Looking at Devils Post Pile is worth it in itself and the trek to Rainbow Falls isn’t bad by any means. The hikers ranged from anyone from tennis shoes to full on hiking gear. Very well groomed and maintained trail. I was very impressed with the amount of dogs I saw (mine included) and no dog poop anywhere! Seems like every respects the space and the adventure. As a side note, there are no trash cans except at the trail head so throw it in your bag or attach the poop bags to your dog, after all it’s theirs!The only draw back to this hike is the amount of tourists and people more so in the later part of the day. Other than that l, you have to do it and will enjoy.

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