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Places-In -Central- California To Visit

Updated on April 8, 2015

Devil's Postpile

Madera, Ca
Madera, Ca

Location: Madera, Ca

Devi'ls Postpile was established in 1911 as a national monument.

The wall is named for its looks and how it was formed.

It's a wall of rock that from the fiery hot lava. flow that started it all

The lava cooled and hardened into basaltic rock columns.

Basalt (buh-SAWLT) is a hard, dark volcanic rock.

The 798 acres of dark volcanic rock is sturdier than any wall made from

man-made materials. This is a great place to visit on the way to

Yosemite National Park it's about 30 miles east from there.

The columns look like tall posts packed closely together.

Sometime after the lava cooled, forming the columns

at Devil's Postpile, glaciers moved over the area.

They cleared away the surrounding earth and exposed the columns.

Covered from top to bottom with ice, the wall was polished by the glaciers, which eventually melted.


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    • generalbrat profile image

      generalbrat 7 years ago from california,usa

      thanks now that was sweet to know i haven't been forgotten!

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 7 years ago

      ...personally speaking I don't have time to visit places in central California - because I am too busy traveling through all of your hubs - and what an amazing journey that is!!!!!!

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      generalbrat 7 years ago from california,usa

      I belive it is madera county I will investigate this thanks for the update.

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      Rochelle Frank 7 years ago from California Gold Country

      Both of these places are very worthwhile to visit. I live near Yosemite and would make a small correction to your location and mileage estimates.

      Devil's Postpile is about 4 1/2 hours travel time from Madera.

      The border of the wilderness area of Yosemite may be 30 miles if you can fly, but if you are driving to Yosemite Valley from DP, it is about 120 miles of steep winding road and will take about three hours.

      Nice description of the postpile, a truly amazing place to see.

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      Darn, just my luck.....

    • generalbrat profile image

      generalbrat 7 years ago from california,usa

      sorry I'll be booked for the rest of my life... ha ha ha

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      ahorseback 7 years ago

      One day I will get to Yosemite, I have been to S.F. and nothern Cal. but not there , will you be my guide? Ha Ha.