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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 granite 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 granite, 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 granite boulders at your fingertips, you might as well have a go at some of them while you're there.
From US 395 (Main St. in Bishop) take W. Line St. west towards the Sierras. 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
Submitted By: fossana on Dec 23, 2010
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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|
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...
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.