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. If you do go find the Crowley Lake Columns, please bring a trash bag and help pack out garbage.
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 Crowley Lake Columns, you’ll need an all-wheel drive vehicle that’s capable of going off roading. Most of the stuff is pretty tame. However you do go up and down some steep hills. There are a few sandy spots on the way to Crowley Lake Columns.
If you do make it out here, give yourself a few hours to explore. It’s so beautiful and extremely quiet. There are plenty of caves to poke around in and crawl through. The view isn’t half bad either.
Please leave the Crowley Lake Columns better than you found them. Pick up any trash you see and Leave No Trace.
Nearby Crowley Lake Columns, hike Convict Lake and Convict Canyon, the Devils Postpile National Monument, or explore the Mammoth Hot Springs. Head south to Bishop and search for petroglyphs.
There’s more adventure along the 395. Road trip the Eastern Sierra.
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