Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders) Rock Climbing
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KK on a superb lip traverse on the 'Orgasm Boulder...
Just north of Bishop the floor of the Owens Valley rises abruptly forming a 300 foot-high volcanic plateau that runs for miles from east to west, stretching north to the higher Sherwin Plateau. Along the southern tip numerous canyons and washes containing thousands of boulders can be found slicing into and through the plateau - including the two that make up the Happy and Sad bouldering areas. Dozens of other rises and rock bands are scattered throughtout to quench the explorer's thirst. Pack out ALL trash, control your dogs, and avoid ALL plants and vegetation! They are disappearing rapidly in these areas due to heavy foot traffic! Please let them grow.
Avoid ALL physical contact with Petroglyphs
This area is often referred to as 'The Mesa' to locals...
Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.
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. for the Happy and Sad Boulders.
Somewhere out on the Tableland...
Weather station 3.6 miles from here
649 Total Climbing Routes
['4 Stars',28],['3 Stars',171],['2 Stars',238],['1 Star',190],['Bomb',6]
Classic Climbing Routes in Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders)
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Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders):
Featured Route For Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders)
Karma V6+ 7A CA
: Sierra Eastside
: ... : Karma Alcove
The obvious line up the overhanging flat prow on the right side of the alcove. Start with both hands in the horizontal crack between the lower boulder and the upper prow. Reach up and left to a shallow pocket. Heel hook and Slap up to the lip and then go left to a jug and then to the top on more good holds. A direct finish is also possible, maybe a bit easier. Going right and then up the corner and then finishing on the direct line is easier, maybe V4/V5....[more] Browse More Classics in CA