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Druid Stones Rock Climbing 


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Elevation: 6,200'
Location: 37.3071, -118.4364 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: AWinters 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 Sierra, 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).

Rock Climbing Photo: The Druid Stones, on the horizon, seen from a ways...
The Druid Stones, on the horizon, seen from a ways up the approach trail

Climbing Season



Weather station 4.2 miles from here

109 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',8],['3 Stars',27],['2 Stars',42],['1 Star',32],['Bomb',0]
['<=5.6',0],['5.7',0],['5.8',0],['5.9',0],['5.10',0],['5.11',0],['5.12',0],['5.13',0],['>=5.14',0],['',0],['<=V1',39],['V2-3',37],['V4-5',21],['V6-7',8],['V8-9',3],['V10-11',0],['V12-13',1],['>=V14',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Druid Stones

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing 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
Hook Line and Sinker   V5 6C     Boulder, 12'   Wave Boulder Area : Wave Boulder
Arch Drude (Left Start)   V5 6C     Boulder, 18'   Arch Drude Area : Arch Drude Boulder
Denton's Diversion    V6 7A     Boulder   Thunder Wall Area : Thunder Wall Boulder
Skye Dance   V6 7A     Boulder, 18'   Skye Stone Area : Skye Stone
Cayla   V7 7A+     Boulder, 16'   Skye Stone Area : Skye Stone
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Featured Route For Druid Stones
Rock Climbing Photo: Patchen | The Unknown

Fear of the Unknown V3 6A PG13  CA : Sierra Eastside : ... : Sacrificial Boulder
This is a stand start up the center of the Sacrificial Boulder's south face. Make big lock-offs between patina jugs. Near the lip the patina runs out and you face the "Fear of the Unknown."...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Druid Stones Slideshow Add Photo
Rock Climbing Photo: Moon over a trailside tree
Moon over a trailside tree
Rock Climbing Photo: THE Druid Stone
THE Druid Stone
Rock Climbing Photo: snowy Dec day at the Druids
snowy Dec day at the Druids
Rock Climbing Photo: Wandering up the west face of the giant Merlin Blo...
Wandering up the west face of the giant Merlin Blo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jeremy Freeman bustin' it on a steep, unnamed prob...
Jeremy Freeman bustin' it on a steep, unnamed prob...
Rock Climbing Photo: Harrison Eberlin takes in the view on the Hall of ...
Harrison Eberlin takes in the view on the Hall of ...
Rock Climbing Photo: The magical and mysterious Druid Stones
The magical and mysterious Druid Stones
Rock Climbing Photo: approach trail with Basin Mtn & Mt Tom in the back...
approach trail with Basin Mtn & Mt Tom in the back...
Rock Climbing Photo: Don't forget to look around for new stuff while yo...
Don't forget to look around for new stuff while yo...
Rock Climbing Photo: Kipp Schorr at the Druid Stones
Kipp Schorr at the Druid Stones
Rock Climbing Photo: lovely patina
lovely patina
Rock Climbing Photo: Looking south at the Druid Stones, visible on the ...
BETA PHOTO: Looking south at the Druid Stones, visible on the ...
Rock Climbing Photo: Jason, Brian and someone I can't remember hiking b...
Jason, Brian and someone I can't remember hiking b...
Rock Climbing Photo: The Druid Stone and Golden Child, V9 on the left.
The Druid Stone and Golden Child, V9 on the left.
Rock Climbing Photo: Druid Stone with ~10" of snow
Druid Stone with ~10" of snow
Rock Climbing Photo: Hall of the Mountain Queens
Hall of the Mountain Queens
Rock Climbing Photo: Hiking out
Hiking out
Rock Climbing Photo: The Druid Stones, on the horizon, seen from a ways...
The Druid Stones, on the horizon, seen from a ways...
Rock Climbing Photo: Blood Kin
Blood Kin

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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 AWinters
Administrator
From: NH
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!!!

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