Devil's Postpile National Monument

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Oct 14, 2010


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Tonopah Motel

Flag of United States  , Nevada
Wednesday, September 8, 2010

It was cold and windy when I left my hotel this morning.  I drove toward Devil's Postpile.  By the Mammoth Mountain ski area there was a shuttle bus parking lot.  I went to the ticket office and found out that I'd have to take a shuttle bus.  I bought a ticket for $7, grabbed my camera and got on a bus.

The road to Devil's Postpile is very narrow with very steep drop-offs.  It's easy to see why they want to minimize traffic on the road.  I took the shuttle bus to the ranger station, which is near the trailhead for Devil's Postpile. 

I took the Devil's Postpile trail but headed off to go to Minaret Falls first.  Minaret Falls turned out to be a little disappointing.  After taking a few pictures I went to Devil's Postpile.

Devil's Postpile is a long wall of hexagonal basalt columns.  There's a trail that runs along the edge of the talus at the bottom of the wall.  There's another trail that goes up on top of the wall where you can see the ends of the columns that were polished by a glacier sometime in the distant past.

My next stop was Rainbow Falls.  There were no rainbow today due to the heavily overcast skies and occasional drizzle.  The falls are quite nice.  I went to the two observation platforms as well as to the base of the falls.  After taking some pictures I headed for the Rainbow Falls trailhead to catch a shuttle bus. 

A shuttle bus arrived just as I got to the trailhead.  I took the bus back to the parking lot.  I had intended to spend another night in the Lee Vining area but the lousy weather and some back pain from a slip on my hike today convinced me I should head for Cedar City, UT, the town closest to Cedar Breaks National Monument, my next destination.

The route to Cedar City took me past Boundary Peak, one of my previous stops on this trip.  At the time I couldn't climb it due to the snow.  It appeared to be entirely free of snow today.  The route also took me through Tonopah, another earlier stop.  I went to dinner and then tried to get a room at the Clown Motel.  I should have gotten the room first; they had filled up while I was eating.  I wound up at the Tonopah Motel instead.

I'll drive to Cedar City tomorrow. 
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