Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Elevation Gain
435.00 ft (132.59 m)
Trail type
1.53 mi (2.46 km)
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The Devils Postpile Hike is a 1.5-mile, family friendly trek from the Devils Postpile National Monument Visitor Center to the top of the postpile and back. This short trail allows visitors to fully explore the monument. It features a beautiful pine forest, informational plaques, picnic tables, and scenic views. This trail is accessible for most athletic levels, although it does include a short climb and a total overall elevation gain of 435 feet. The Devils Postpile National Monument is located in an area that is popular amongst trail runners, hikers, backpackers, equestrians, and overall outdoor enthusiasts. 

Devils Postpile is a geologic feature formed by columnar basalt. With their height and symmetry, the columns create a unique formation that attracts tourists and geologists alike. 


The road to reach Devils Postpile National Monument is open during the summer months and closes in the winter. Extreme weather may also impact the opening and closing of the road. For more information and current conditions please visit:


Most visitors to the National Monument utilize the free shuttle service. Parking is available at the visitor center but restrictions apply. To find out more about when and where you can drive, and/or to obtain information about the shuttle service please visit:


There are several scenic trails that intersect the Devils Postpile National Monument including the long distance Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and infamous John Muir Trail (JMT). If you are planning to extend your hike and/or camp overnight in the backcountry a permit is required. For information regarding backcountry camping please visit:


The following five campgrounds are located near the Devils Postpile National Monument: ​​Upper Soda Springs, Pumice Flat, Pumice Flat Group, Minaret Falls, and Reds Meadow. Sites in these campgrounds cost $23.00 per site per night. Some of these campgrounds are first-come first-serve and others require advanced reservation. Information and reservations can be found at

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)




Parking Pass


Open Year-round


Open from

June 15 to October 31


National Monument. Unique geology.


Can get crowded.

Trailhead Elevation

7,620.00 ft (2,322.58 m)

Highest point

7,821.00 ft (2,383.84 m)


Family friendly
Backcountry camping
Geologically significant

Typically multi-day


Permit required




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