Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Tuesday, July 12

Devil's Postpile

After three nights in Mammoth it was time to get back to the trail.

On the bus ride from Mammoth to Red's Meadow we spotted a mother bear and two cubs. Hopefully they stay well away.

We didn't manage an early getaway, but still hiked about eleven miles.

Starting from Red's Meadow, we took the trail to Devil's Postpile, a formation of basalt columns. Very interesting rock formation, and neat to be able to walk on top and see the section that was smoothed by glacial activity, plainly showing the cross section shapes of the columns, most of which are hexagonal.

After Devil's Postpile we continued along a river to the junction with a trail that I hiked a few years ago with friends on our way to Lake Ediza. This time, however, our path turned away and we began climbing.

We are camped at about 9300 feet tonight, so the temperature should be pleasant for sleeping.

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