• Devils Postpile Formation

    Devils Postpile

    National Monument California

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  • Monument Open Until October 31, Visitor Services Limited this Fall

    Devils Postpile and the Reds Meadow Valley will be open until October 31, weather permitting. The shuttle bus is no longer running. Winter close down operations have begun. There is no longer potable water, but restrooms will be available until closing. More »

  • 37-Foot Vehicle Length Restriction on the Devils Postpile Access Road

    Devils Postpile has a limit of 37 feet for vehicles on the monument road. This may change during weather events, construction activities, vehicle congestion, or for safety reasons. Call or email for more information. More »

New Trail Connects Backcountry Users Safely to Trailhead

American Conservation Experience crew members continue work on connector trail.

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News Release Date: September 6, 2012
Contact: Maureen Finnerty, 760-924-5505

Backpackers now have a much safer way to get from the overnight hiker parking lot just outside of Devils Postpile National Monument to the Devils Postpile trailhead, which accesses the John Muir and Pacific Crest trails as well as many wilderness destinations on the Inyo National Forest.

Previously, when overnight backcountry users departed from the Devils Postpile Trailhead, the only way to access the trailhead was to walk from the parking lot down the busy and narrow access road to Devils Postpile. Visibility on that stretch of road is limited and this put many hikers at risk.

This new trail, built in partnership with the Inyo National Forest and a crew from the American Conservation Experience, or ACE, is approximately 800 feet long and links the overnight hiker parking lot with the main day use area at Devils Postpile.

The trail follows the north side of the Devils Postpile access road and winds through the lodgepole pine forest, providing a much safer and more pleasant experience for visitors to both Devils Postpile and the Inyo National Forest.

Did You Know?

The John Muir and Pacific Crest trails take hikers into the Ansel Adams Wilderness.

The John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails join into one trail in the monument. Many "through-hikers" take advantage of the shuttle system and other amenities at Devils Postpile to refuel and rest. More...