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Elevation: 6,200'
Location: 37.3071, -118.4364 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Adam Winters on Dec 16, 2007
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Description 

The intriguing Druid Stones sit about two thousand feet above Bishop in the foothills of the Sierras, just southwest of town. The approach is anywhere between 25 and 45 minutes up a fairly steep hillside, thus filtering out the crowds you'd see at the nearby Buttermilks or Happy Boulders, making it an ideal location on busy weekends and holidays.

Home to hundreds of boulder problems in the greater area, it's an area definitely worth checking out, with lots of potential higher on the hillside and to the south in a seemingly endless sea of boulders and outcroppings. Large boulders are found everywhere in the area and alongside the trail during the hike in. It'll be tempting to stop in many places and drop pad during the approach, but keep truckin' and you'll soon find a highly concentrated 'grove' of boulders with an abundance of classics surrounding the dominant and centralized Druid Stone. The rock is a coarse monzonite, the same as that found at the Buttermilks, so bring fresh tips and tape.

Visitors will find that the view from the boulderfield alone is worth the hike, but since there are hundreds of massive boulders at your fingertips you might as well have a go at some of them while you're there.

Getting There 

From US 395 (Main St. in Bishop) take W. Line St. west towards the Sierra. After a mile or so, take a left at the light onto Barlow Lane (south) and after about 1.5 miles bear right at the fork. The road curves west at this point. Make a left after you pass under the 3rd powerline onto a dirt road. Take your first right and after maybe a mile or so park at the oval where the road ends. The trailhead is here. Take the obvious trail as it goes back into the wash then switchbacks left up around the hillside. Keep hiking, after 25-45 minutes, when the trail finally flattens out on the crest, look for the boulders on your left. There is a side trail into the boulders off the main trail marked by a small rock 'V' at the fork (please use this trail).

snowy Dec day at the Druids
snowy Dec day at the Druids

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.2 miles from here

82 Total Routes

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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Druid Stones:
Blood Kin   V1 5     Boulder, 18'   Druid Stone Area : Blood Kin Stone
Fear of the Unknown   V3 6A PG13     Boulder, 17'   Sacrificial Boulder
Thunder   V3 6A     Boulder, 11'   Thunder Wall Area : Thunder Wall Boulder
Kredulf   V4 6B     Boulder, 12'   Thunder Wall Area : Thunder Wall Boulder
Arch Drude   V4-5 6B+     Boulder, 18'   Arch Drude Area : Arch Drude Boulder
Prostrate to the Higher Mind   V5- 6C     Boulder, 12'   Thunder Wall Area : Thunder Wall Boulder
Arch Drude (Left Start)   V5 6C     Boulder, 18'   Arch Drude Area : Arch Drude Boulder
Skye Dance   V6 7A     Boulder, 18'   Skye Stone Area : Skye Stone
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Photos of Druid Stones Slideshow Add Photo
Moon over a trailside tree
Moon over a trailside tree
THE Druid Stone
THE Druid Stone
Wandering up the west face of the giant Merlin Block, Warlock Boulders - uphill from the Druid Stones. <br /> <br />photo: Mitch Musci
Wandering up the west face of the giant Merlin Blo...
Jeremy Freeman bustin' it on a steep, unnamed problem
Jeremy Freeman bustin' it on a steep, unnamed prob...
snowy Dec day at the Druids
snowy Dec day at the Druids
The magical and mysterious Druid Stones
The magical and mysterious Druid Stones
Hall of the Mountain Queens
Hall of the Mountain Queens
lovely patina
lovely patina
Kipp Schorr at the Druid Stones
Kipp Schorr at the Druid Stones
approach trail with Basin Mtn & Mt Tom in the background
approach trail with Basin Mtn & Mt Tom in the back...
Blood Kin
Blood Kin
Don't forget to look around for new stuff while you're there...
Don't forget to look around for new stuff while yo...
Looking south at the Druid Stones, visible on the ridge line.  The tall, narrow boulder is the Druid Stone proper.  The trail can be seen faintly directly under the Druid Stone.
BETA PHOTO: Looking south at the Druid Stones, visible on the ...
Jason, Brian and someone I can't remember hiking back from the Druids.
Jason, Brian and someone I can't remember hiking b...
The Druid Stones, on the horizon, seen from a ways up the approach trail
The Druid Stones, on the horizon, seen from a ways...
Druid Stone with ~10" of snow
Druid Stone with ~10" of snow
The Druid Stone and Golden Child, V9 on the left.
The Druid Stone and Golden Child, V9 on the left.
Hiking out
Hiking out

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By adam brink
From: Boulder, CO
Apr 21, 2011
Is it too hot at the Druid Stones to boulder in summer? I've bouldered here in April and it was getting warm. Thanks!
By Adam Winters
Administrator
From: the Shire
Apr 28, 2011
It's hot for sure, and it's actually at a lower elevation than the Buttermilks. It's possible, but I'd head into the high country if I were you...
By Drrob95
Oct 27, 2011
Hi: I just want to make a comment. I know that the bouldering community has named this are the Druid Stones, but since and least the mid 1800's locals knew the area by the Paiute Word "Eganobe" (loosely translated, means place to eat-or more literal, soup house). The trail by Eganobe was for years a livestock trail, starting with horses, and then cattle, and before that a tribal trail into the area and Coyote Valley. My family was the last to take cattle up there in 1984, we drove 360 head for summer grazing in Coyote. We went the first part of July, and yes it was hot then too. My family first took livestock up the trail in 1876, the name Eganobe was told to my grandfather A.A. Brierly by Paiute cowboys that worked for him. There are many tribal home sites and arch sites just beyond Eganobe. It is too bad the bouldering community didn't learn the local name for the place that has been used for generations. I started going in with cattle when I was 12. Last time I went I was 28. Often in the summer we rode up the trail to check cattle sometimes once a week, in later years we hauled our horses up the Coyote Road to make cattle check. Right near spot Eganobe is where we would let the cattle drift after the first day of the drive, we spent the night on the trail and early next morning followed the straglers on into Coyote. Later, after the trap was built at the foot of the hill, the cattle would be put in there for the night, and the next day we drove the cattle in all the way to Coyote. I have written a couple articles in the Inyo Register about the Eganobe area. It is one of my favorite spots, and has lots of memories.
By The Phoenix
Apr 2, 2014
Amazing history for Eganobe Dr. Rob

Thanks for sharing!!!