Saturday, November 4, 2017

The Crowley Columns

The Crowley Columns are located on the eastern shore of Crowley Lake in California.

The odd formations were revealed by wave erosion on the shore of an LA Dept of Water and Power reservoir.

The formations are believed to have been formed after an eruption of the Long Valley super volcano 760,000 years ago. 

It's theorized that rainwater seeping into a fresh layer of hot ash, then escaping out again as steam caused these pillars.

The sun was being filtered by an ever-changing Sierra cloud formation and it was casting some nice, even light.

Plenty of holes and small caverns to check out around here.

The ground is littered with segments of previously eroded columns.

Crowley Lake

Forrest and Deanna are two of my friends that I met while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail.

I didn't explore the entire eastern side but it looks like there are more caves further down.

These totally look like the remains of an ancient civilization.

More pillars waiting to be revealed.

It resembles a jail or cage.

These are so cool.

Let me out!

L2R: Mammoth Mountain, The Minarets, Mt. Ritter and Banner Peak.

These are more fin-like than the columns.

Forrest and Deanna provide some scale.

Some weird winter light.

This would be a cool place to camp.

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