Happy Boulders Rock Climbing
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Josh Junkermeier on 'Big Chicken'
The Happy Boulders offer highly concentrated world-class volcanic bouldering with hundreds of worthy problems ranging from simple to impossible.
Long shadowed by the more well-known and publicized Buttermilks, more and more climbers are realizing the potential inside the Happy Boulders canyon. Most first-time visitors will be overwhelmed by the amount of projects they just gathered and will find themselves making time to return. Some say at the Happies your muscles will fail first, whereas in the Buttermilks its usually your skin that will be your reason for leaving. Regardless, it's nice to have the options so close. Visitors experiencing Bishop in the colder months can find shelter and warmer temps here rather than the exposed and wind-swept Buttermilks. * * * * * * STAY OFF THE PLANTS, STAY ON TRAIL & PACK OUT ALL TRASH * * * * * *
The rock, which looks brittle and crumbly with a quick glance is surprisingly bomber volcanic Bishop Tuff, just be weary on high top-outs that may not see much traffic. The boulders found here offer faces that test every technique - most notably is the abundance of finger pockets which are found everywhere. You'll also find steep, gymnastic juggy overhangs and crimpy faces, as well as low traverses and unlimited eliminates and link-ups. Cracks of wide ranges can be found on the rim along with easy and scary highballing... it's all here. The landings are flat, the boulders are jam-packed, and everyone in your posse will find what they're looking for.
The Happy Canyon with Mt Tom and the Wheeler Crest in the background
From US 395 in Bishop, take US 6 north out of town towards Benton/Chalfant/Tonopah. After 1.3 miles, turn left on Five Bridges Rd. Follow this down the straightaway around the left-hand curve, past the Aggregate Plant to a 4-way intersection where the pavement turns to dirt. Take a left on Chalk Bluff Rd. Follow for 2.3 miles and park on the left side of the road. The canyon can easily be seen to your right, up the hill.
Pulling through the easy section of Black Magic.
Weather station 3.8 miles from here
455 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',18],['3 Stars',120],['2 Stars',167],['1 Star',132],['Bomb',3]
Classic Climbing Routes in Happy Boulders
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Happy Boulders:
Featured Route For Happy Boulders
Tall Wall Middle V3+ 6A+
: Sierra Eastside
: ... : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Highball. Stand-start high with good edges on the vertical wall. Make a big stretch up and right to a big square-cut sidepull, and head up on edges, OR go straight up from the starting holds on crimps and sidepulls. Slightly easier moves lead up to the safety of the big horizontal crack at 25 feet, followed by a few more feet of easy ground. The opening sequences feel like the physical crux, but you get off the deck real quick on this thing and the moves continue to be committing. Very head...[more] Browse More Classics in CA