Devils Postpile/Rainbow Falls Trail

Lake Mary, California 93546

Devils Postpile/Rainbow Falls Trail

Devils Postpile/Rainbow Falls Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls, both beautiful destinations, are popular draws in the town of Mammoth Lakes. The Devils Postpile is a fascinating piece of geology. The columnar basalt that erupts wickedly from the earth formed during a cooling lava flow. Glacial ice uncovered the formation as it now stands for posterity."

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"The walk to Devils Postpile leads hikers along the beautiful San Joaquin River to a fascinating collection of basalt columns. Continuing past the Postpile leads to awesome Rainbow Falls, one of the finestwaterfalls in the Sierra Nevada.

With its strikingly geometric shapes, the Devils Postpile is one of the more unusual and beautiful formations in the eastern Sierra Nevada. Composed of columnar basalt, the Postpile is testimony to extensive volcanic activity that has taken place around the Long Valley Caldera. An active volcanic area, the caldera includes the volcano Mammoth Mountain, the Inyo Craters, Hot Creek, lava flows, glass flows, and even geothermal power plants. Yet the Devils Postpile is the most famous bit of evidence that the fiery forces beneath the surface have shaped the world we see."

Devils Postpile/Rainbow Falls Trail Reviews

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Had a great hike. The crowd wasn't too bad. Caught a Golden Trout just below lower rainbow falls. The views of the falls and the Devils Postpile were excelent. Took my wife Daughter, 13 years old and her frined. Nice fun day hike.

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Trail Information

Lake Mary
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
350 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
2 hours
May through November
7,700 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,700 feet
Top Elevation
Devils Postpile National Monument
Local Contacts
USGS Crystal Crag
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Nov 2018