We did a couple photoshoot at Trona Pinnacles. We drove out to trona Pinnacles to shoot a beautiful couple at sunset. Kate and Kai were so fun, edgy, and full of life. They danced, jumped, skipped, and loved on each other with dust beneath their feet, and the Tronas at their backs. There is something incredible about these rocks in the desert.
In the first place, from my perspective, Trona Pinnacles National Park is unlike any place that I’ve ever had the opportunity to visit. actually, when you visit Trona Pinnacles, you cannot help but feel like you are on the moon or on another planet. Trona Pinnacles are some of the most unique geological features in California’s desert. An unusual landscape is made up of 500+ spires, some as high as 140 feet, rising from the bed of the Searles Dry Lake basin ( Yes! I googled all of this lol) The pinnacles vary in size and shape from short and wide to tall and thin, and are composed primarily of calcium carbonate (tufa), like those found in Mono Lake. The pinnacles were formed underwater from 10,000 to 100,000 years ago when Searles Lake was one of a chain of interconnected Pleistocene lakes stretching from Mono Lake to Death Valley.
You can get to Trona Pinnacles from Los Angeles by traveling on Highway 14 north and taking the exit for Highway 178 to Inyokern and Ridgecrest. Continue traveling about 28 miles east on Highway 178 (passing the intersection with Trona-Red Mountain Road) and turn south (right) onto BLM Route RM143. You will see a BLM sign for Trona Pinnacles where you turn off of Highway 178. Travel the dirt/gravel road for about 5 miles to the site.
From beautiful rock formations, epic spots, and white a complete silence there are endlessly beautiful locations to enjoy and photograph. Although there are people who visit the park year-round, it’s not hard to lose the crowds by hiking farther from the trailheads or deeper into the park. I would definitely recommend Trona Pinnacles National Park to anyone who wants desert vibes for their Engagement photos, Elopement, or Wedding. Take me with you and let’s make some magic!