Mammoth Lakes: Crowley Lake Columns
The Crowley Lake Columns are a little Eastern Sierra secret. If you’re a good internet creeper, you’ll be able to find directions to them with enough digging. However, I will not be revealing this location due to the amount of garbage and destruction I found there. Seriously, I filled an entire trash bag with beer bottles and I kept uncovering more.
Formed by water and wind eroding soft volcanic rock, the columns are delicate and magnificent structures that span maybe a good mile of the lake. I didn’t have enough time to get to the good stuff, but what I saw was still pretty cool.
To get to the columns, you’ll need an all-wheel drive vehicle that’s capable of going off roading. Most of the stuff is pretty tame, but you do go up and down some steep hills, and there are a few sandy spots.
If you do make it out here, give yourself a few hours. It’s so beautiful and extremely quiet. The view isn’t half bad either.