Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls Trail

Yosemite Village, California

Devils Postpile and Rainbow Falls Trail Professional Review and Guide

"The Devils Postpile is one of the most impressive examples of columnar basalt in the world. In layman’s terms, this unique geologic formation is created by volcanic lava flow that cooled, shrunk, and fractured uniformly. The closest rival of any magnitude is the Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland, and after witnessing the mathematical precision of Devils Postpile hexagonal columns you’ll understand why these natural displays are given such otherworldly names. This easy day hike also brings you past upper and lower Rainbow Falls, the former renowned for its 101-foot drop of water and the frequent rainbows that appear in its misty spray. Additionally, you will experience a burn-scarred area rich with bird life and regrowth. Outstanding features: Basaltic-rock formations of Devils Postpile, Upper and Lower Rainbow Falls, abundant bird life"

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Trail Information

Yosemite Village
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
3–4 hours
7,550 feet
Trailhead Elevation
7,850 feet
Top Elevation

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Jun 2018