Photographer's Note

Continue down the road from Minaret Vista (yesterday's post) towards Reds Meadow and park at the Devil's Postpile trail. From there it is a pleasant scenic one mile saunter to Minaret Falls. The Falls rely on snow melt and will be diminshed if not dry by late summer as they flow into the San Joaquin River.

The falls were created by glaciers during the Ice Age. As the enomorous Middle Glacier scoured out its canyon, a smaller tributary glacier cut out its valley at a slower rate. As a result, when the glaciers melted away, the mouth of Minaret Valley was perched several hundred feet above the main canyon; what is known as a 'hanging valley'.

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Additional Photos by Ray Anderson (photoray) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1203 W: 1 N: 3169] (13981)
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