A unusual basalt lava rock formation of columnar cliffs, similar to the Devils Postpile in the eastern Sierras. Located off Highway 108 near Pigeon Flat campground, the Columns of the Giants offers hikers an up close visual treat. Hikers will cross the Stanislaus River on a footbridge and then walk less than a 1/4 mile to the Columns through open pine forest to the bottom of the scree at the base of the cliffs .
Hiking, photographing, bird watching, and natural history. There are interpretive panels to explain how the columns came to be. This rock formation, while grandiose is relatively unknown, so the visitor can expect some time for quiet contemplation.
Late spring through mid fall. Winter access is via snowmobile, skis or snowshoes.
ADA Accessibility Notes
A bridge and dirt trail would likely preclude wheelchair access. However the trail is flat and short so other persons may be able to negotiate the trail in.
Pet Friendly Notes
Polite animals are welcome.