Hellroaring Creek hike the landscape has a glacial legacy with large boulders--erratics--scattered around. Some were truly huge!
massive waterfalls and not nearly so colorful as the canyon becomes a few miles upriver, the rock formations in this section--known as The Narrows--were incredible. There were towers of awesomely geometric basalt as well as other rock pillars, overhanging ledges, and deep crevasses.
|The pillar-like structures on the left are examples of a geologic wonder that I quite enjoy called columnar basalt. They are formed when basalt lava cools and shrinks forming peculiarly polygonal shaped blocks stacked one on top of another. They're super neat. Sheepeater Cliff is a better known example in the park.|