There is so much to see along Hwy 395, we do something different every time we go down that way. This time we did a lot of hiking, tried to see some of the remainders of the incredible volcanic activities that drove California up out of the ocean and made the Sierra Nevada out of beach front property.
We weren’t looking for the fault line but we happened to drive across it on the road to a popular tourist attraction – the picture above was taken from the car, from the little tiny asphalt highway leading into the parking lot of the Devil’s Postpile Monument near Mammoth Lakes. They just poured in a lot of cement and paved over it, I guess that works. This is only a teeeny crack anyway. There’s a parking lot and a trail leading along the fault, and it gets reeeeealllly big as you walk along.
There were little cracks leading to the big crack from all around the area.
This was the Inyo Fault, you know, California is sliced up like a box cake at a picnic, cracks everywhere. Of course our geological history is pretty violent, and this area was full of the evidence of our creation.
The Devil’s Postpile is incredible, something worth driving a windy little road and hiking a dusty trail to see. The columns are nothing short of majestic, and the loosely strewn blocks at the base of the 101 foot cliff are there to show you exactly how huge these monoliths are.
The trail was a loop, from across the base of the cliff, up and over the top, and down again to the parking lot. It had some steep sections, but nothing a person of good health couldn’t handle. We saw a lot of people over 60 years of age and a lot of lap dogs, trotting along the trail. The base of the cliff is only a quarter mile from the parking lot. The trail up the side of the cliff seems steep, might give you a flush face, but wow, is it ever worth it.
All around us, spectacular, grandiose, majestic vistas, everywhere. This is a huge country, a cradle of our planet, where mountains are born and gigantic trees twist their way through solid rock to climb toward the sun.
The desert is full of surprises – wear good shoes, and a hat, and take at least 8 ounces of water.