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    Devil’s Postpile Loop

    Devil's Postpile Loop

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    Short in distance, and with relatively little elevation gain, the Devil's Postpile Loop is an excellent route for beginner hikers and families with young children. The route traverses a scenic pathway before arriving at the stunningly amazing Devil's Postpile - an incredible geological formation that is amongst the most beautiful within Inyo National Forest.

    Route Description for Devil’s Postpile Loop

    As the Devil's Postpile Loop is a popular route within Inyo National Forest, it can become rather busy at times - especially during weekends and throughout holidays. Those seeking a more secluded hiking experience should therefore consider doing the Devil's Postpile Loop midweek or earlier in the morning to avoid the larger crowds that sometimes develop.

    The Devil's Postpile Loop is incredible simply because of how stunningly beautiful the geological formations are. The rock columns that characterize the Devil's Postpile are mesmerizing, as their uniformity makes it hard to believe they are completely naturally occurring. Likewise, the Devil's Postpile Loop is easily accessible, and appropriate for all skill levels. This means that the jaw-dropping geology can be enjoyed by whoever may want to visit!

    After you've arrived at the trailhead, follow the pathway south as it makes its way alongside Soda Springs Meadow. Having passed the meadow, you will arrive at a junction within the trail, where you are to continue south over terrain that inclines in elevation slightly. Soon you will arrive at another junction within the trail, and after continuing on the southern pathway, the Devil's Postpile geological formation will be visible to your east. Take some time and enjoy the sights!

    Having taken in the sighlines from the bottom of Devil's Postpile, you can also savour its beauty from the top of the rock formation by continuing on south along the pathway. Once you arrive at the next junction, take the northern pathway onto a short switchback section. With the switchback section completed, you will have arrived at the top of Devil's Postpile. After you have had an opportunity to appreciate the views, continue heading north along the pathway. The route will then deliver you to the original trail, where you are to simply backtrack your steps towards the trailhead.

    Trail Highlights

    Devil's Postpile

    An incredible sight to behold, Devil's Postpile is one of the most beautiful and unique geological features within Inyo National Forest. Created over 80,000 years ago by basalt lava emerging from deep within the earth's crust, the rock formation is a potent reminder of the power of natural forces. At over sixty feet tall in some sections, Devil's Postpile attracts people from all over the world who come to admire its aesthetic brilliance.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Do I need a reservation for Devil's Postpile?

    No reservation is required for Devil's Postpile, but a permit must be obtained from the park office prior to starting your hike.

    What kind of rock is Devil's Postpile?

    Devil's Postpile is made of columnar basalt, and is one of the world's best examples of the incredible rock formation.

    Insider Hints for Devil’s Postpile Loop

    • A shuttle to the trailhead of Devil's Postpile exists to save you the effort of driving from Mammoth Lakes.
    • Parking can be difficult to find, so it's best to get there earlier in the morning!
    • Hungry after your trip? Check out John’s Pizza Works for some great food!
    • Pumice Flat Campground is an alternative option for accommodation during busy times of the year.

    Getting to the Devil’s Postpile Loop Trailhead

    The trailhead for Devil's Postpile Loop is located at a parking lot off of Devil's Postpile Access Road.

    Route Information

    • Backcountry Campground:

      Minaret Falls Campground

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      Yes - On Leash

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