Monday, August 4, 2008

Part 3 - Devil's Post Pile and Rainbow Falls

On the third day, Herb and I hiked the 5 mile trail taking us to Devil's Post Pile National Monument and down the San Joaquin River to Rainbow Falls and Lower Falls

Entering Devil's Post Pile

A jumble of multi-faceted rocks lying at the base of slender post-pile columns. The post-piles were created by slowly cooling lava.

You can see the tops of the columns by taking the High Trail. Moving glaciers more than 12,000 years ago scraped off the tops of the piles and polished them into a stone patio-like surface.

Post-piles sticking out at a 45 degree angle seen on the High Trail. Herb at the base of rocks.

The John Muir Trail travels over the San Joaquin River on a wooden rainbow bridge

Over the eons, glaciers and the San Joaquin River polishes the boulders as the river flows toward Rainbow Falls.

The dramatic Rainbow Falls plunges 135'

This young lad gets ready to jump into the brisk pool below the falls

We meet a cowboy and his beautiful horse at the Lower Falls

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