A Geologic Wonder

Established in 1911 by presidential proclamation, Devils Postpile National Monument protects and preserves the Devils Postpile formation, the 101-foot high Rainbow Falls, and pristine mountain scenery.  The formation is a rare sight in the geologic world and ranks as one of the world’s finest examples of columnar basalt. Its columns tower 60 feet high and display an unusual symmetry.


When we were in the Eastern Sierra we wanted to visit Devils Postpile and from there hike to Rainbow Falls. It is now mandatory to take a shuttle from Mammoth to the monument.  Dogs are allowed on the shuttle, however, they have to be muzzled.  I knew there was no way we could muzzle Kari.

I saw that the park is open 24 hours, but the shuttle didn’t start until 8:00.  I called and was told that if we got to the entrance station before 7:00 a.m. we could just drive in and not take the shuttle.  This suited us just fine.  We are early birds, and now we would have the hike almost to ourselves… or so we thought.




After seeing Devils Postpile we started the hike to Rainbow Falls.  Just as we hoped, it was too early to have company.



We weren’t far into the hike when that changed.  We had LOTS of company!  An area high school cross country team had been dropped off and their run for the day was to Rainbow Falls.


Of course they all beat us to Rainbow Falls, so this was my view when we got there.  I’m not complaining.  They were great kids.  They were all very polite and, the girls especially, loved Kari.


They didn’t rest long before they started the run back, then we had Rainbow Falls all to ourselves.


It was too early in the day for the falls to create a rainbow, but it was beautiful nonetheless.


It was a great hike!

Post Note:  The next day we hiked Rock Creek Canyon, and guess what???  The same cross country team was there!