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Devils Postpile Loop is a 1.6 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 walking and is best used from May until October.

Distance: 1.6 miles Elevation Gain: 246 feet Route Type: Loop

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As of 5/28/19, the road leading to the Postpile is closed. Plan on adding some length to your overall hike.

hiking
16 days ago

This is a short and nice hike. Shady areas. Picnic tables. Easy hike.

hiking
1 month ago

As of the time of this writing, you can drive to the trailhead. The road is narrow, cliff side, and a bit terrifying passing anyone in the opposite direction, but it is paved and clear. The trail itself is easy and the postpile is a beautiful sight. Getting to the base of the postpile is maybe half a mile, and relatively flat, doable for just about anyone with functional legs. Climbing around to the top of the pile will pose some exertion, but it’s not far and completely worth it. There are some basalt columns sticking out of the side that you’ll walk past, and the pattern is perfectly exposed at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

The rock formation is awesome!

hiking
2 months ago

Very easy hike from the bus stop. Took the shuttle for $8. The bus ride was about 30 minutes. At the trailhead there are bathrooms.l and a shop to buy sunscreen and hats and such. Super leisurely and enjoyable. Devils Postpile was absolutely stunning! I didn’t hike to the top point and I wish I would’ve. Hike from here to Rainbow Falls which was a perfect next stopping point!

hiking
2 months ago

Was a little bummed we had to take a shuttle in and that it cost $8. (Parks pass doesn’t mean anything and the shuttle is mandatory 7a-7p). Eric the bus driver was great though although the wait and drive took longer than expected. Lots of people on the trail but very nice and scenic. More of a walk than a hike but overall memorable in a good way.

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3 months ago

Took a shuttle up, was further away from the lodge than I expected. Clean bathrooms at the stop, friendly rangers that provided an introduction, and plenty of well-marked signs everywhere. Overall, an easy hike to an amazing monument and opportunity to continue hiking to Rainbow Falls with several viewpoints of the Middle Fork San Joaquin river along the way.

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4 months ago

As of June 10 it is still closed due to excess snow. Check conditions before going.

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4 months ago

The actual road down to the Postpile is currently closed. My friend and I tried snowshoeing on the road, which I recommend because it's easy to follow. We didn't actually make it all the way to the Postpile because snowshoeing takes a lot of effort (18 miles according to the ranger), but it was still beautiful!

6 months ago

oh,my!beautiful easy hike that you must take. great for kids.

hiking
6 months ago

Very fast loop but lot to see and to expect at this loop, awesome nature

hiking
Tuesday, October 02, 2018

Easy and short

hiking
Monday, September 17, 2018

if you're like me-- born and raised in the NJ watershed and New Orleans (6 feet BELOW sealevel)-- this is some serious elevation, as is all of Mammoth Mountain-- take. your. time. this is an easy trail, but it is not easy for those of us who are used to being at or below sea level. it will be frustrating to pace yourself, especially if you're athletic with hiking experience, but the top of the glacier-polished postpile is breathtaking-- I wish the photos I took could do it justice. for sea-levelers, I recommend walking to Rainbow Falls first, taking a 15 minute break, then moving toward the top of the postpile. The glacier-striated hexagonal columnar basalt up there looks like a damn-near perfect tile patio job. try to be on top of the postpile around golden hour-- real treat.

hiking
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Great views and easy for beginners.

Friday, August 10, 2018

Cool little loop to see this amazing monument. We got off at Shuttle stop #6 and you can continue onto Rainbow Falls at the tail end of the loop. Steep incline to the top but if that's a problem you can just view it from below which is the main focus anyway. Air quality was fine despite the fires but it was dry, hot and windy so bring enough water.

hiking
Sunday, July 15, 2018

We got in past the station before 7, and it was worth it. We could explore at our own pace and brought the dog (we didn’t have a muzzle for the shuttle). The monument is so unique, super easy, and surrounded by great views.

hiking
Friday, July 06, 2018

You won’t be able to drive to the trailhead. Take the shuttle at Mammoth Main base. $8 for the round trip. Bring your patience. Shuttle can take a while. Overall, really great hike! Not super crowded and a beautiful day.

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Sunday, February 25, 2018

This is a fun, easy hike. The views and geology are really amazing. As you leave the ranger station, you walk past a beautiful meadow then along the San Joaquin River before arriving at the base of the basaltic columns of Devils Postpile. There is a trail that continues on towards Rainbow Falls. We chose, instead, to take the loop to the top of the columns. The views from the top are worth the few extra minutes. Enjoy!

hiking
Tuesday, August 16, 2016

This is an amazing geological wonder! Easily accessed via the Mammoth Lakes shuttle, it even has its own staffed ranger station! After a short kike, you can view the "posts' from below, or to achieve the complete experience, hike the steep, but short stairs to the top. You won't regret it!

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2 days ago

recorded Recording - Oct 14, 1:16 PM

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5 days ago

recorded Devils Postpile Loop

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