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Devils Postpile and beyond - Day 5 of trip

Saturday, July 05, 2014

I intended to do this blog yesterday or the day before but always got sidetracked before I got around to looking for pics. So I'm going to do it now. This is the last blog I think of my vacation. The day after we drove back to southern CA, then the next day I packed and did laundry and then flew out very early the day after that back home. But this was a great hike, although hard and tiring for me. But so glad I did it anyway.

We stayed the night before and the night of this trip in Mammoth Lake. We had to go to a certain spot and catch a bus to go to the hiking areas. We couldn't drive into them.

This is where the bus picked us up. Some shops there and a tram (we didn't have time to ride).

A picture of me in front of the elephant statue while waiting for the bus. It was definitely cooler there than when on the other side of the mountain at Yosemite. I had to wear light jacket and pants instead of shorts and t-shirt

The tram and the bus.

We got out and took the trail to the Devils Postpile trail from where the bus let us out. Elevation when we started was 7,560 according to a sign there.

Followed a creek for a ways

Trail was flat but starts to climb and later will climb even more.

This is the Devils Postpile. It was formed by hot lava and then ice on the back that froze this in place. This is from the bottom. It's amazing how straight these look. As we hike, we will work out way up to the top of it, which is further than it looks from this picture.

We hiked a little further and them came to this trail. Much more climbing.

There were a number of trees that had been blown completely down a couple of years or so ago by a big "blow down". I've seen those on tv and a giant wind blows through and is so strong it breaks trees completely off. This doesn't really show how much of the trees were broken.

Now at the top of the Postpile and these slabs are the tops of the long strips we saw down below Amazing how they look so even I guess through wear and tear over the years.

When we left that area we followed a loop down the other side.

Back to a creek

As we followed that trail we came to an area beyond the Devils Postpile where we could go on the section of the trail that is both the John Muir Trail (who hiked all over the Sierra Nevada Mountains) and the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs from Mexico to Canada. They are marked with initials on the sign on the last line.

More climbing here and not very many people. Very peaceful. My friends Tom and Lynda ahead of me.

Beautiful scenery!

More evidence of the blow down

I thought the trail was beautiful. Have to be prepared, even in June, for chillier weather up here Wasn't bad but not as warm as in Yosemite. This is still both the John Muir and Pacific Crest Trails.

We actually had to climb over this big tree that was blocking the trail. I had to sit on it and swing over because I can't climb over because of balance and other problems. But they asked and I said we needed to go forward and not backward. It was too long up and down the hill and the earth too loose to try to go around.

More trail and blowdown

Another bridge crossing over the creek. I love those! Creeks and water in general I love so much.

As this point we followed the trail on to Red's Meadow. We wanted to hike on to Rainbow Falls, and I had read about it but it was another mile or so one way longer and I just didn't have the energy to go any further. I was sorry to miss it. I heard the way the sun hits the water it looks like a rainbow in the water. Maybe some other time I'll get a chance to get there. I can't do it all.

Pics of Red's Meadow. They also have cabins for rent there although they do book up fast.

From there we took the bus back down to the parking area where we caught the bus. There are a few more pictures of an earthquake fault we looked at after getting the car back I might post tomorrow. This is getting too long and slow now.

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