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Access Issue: Read the BLM Happy Boulders page before you visit Details

Description

The Happy Boulders offer highly concentrated world-class volcanic bouldering with hundreds of worthy problems ranging from simple to ridiculous.

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, wind-swept, and higher-elevated 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 challenge every technique - most notably is the abundance of finger pockets which are found in most zones. 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.

Read more at the BLM Happy Boulders page.

The Happy Canyon with Mt Tom and the Wheeler Crest in the background

Getting There

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.

494 Total Climbs

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Classic Climbing Routes at Happy Boulders

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V0- 4- PG13
 220
Celestial Trail
Boulder
V0 4 PG13
 88
The Pursuit of Wow
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 111
Corner Route
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 427
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V1 5
 99
Slight Inducement
Boulder
V3 6A
 155
Carrot Top
Boulder
V3 6A R
 96
Black Magic
Boulder
V4- 6B
 359
Solarium
Boulder
V4 6B
 84
Big Chicken
Boulder
V4 6B
 141
Weekender
Boulder
V4 6B
 280
Ketron Classic
Boulder
V5 6C
 287
Serengeti
Boulder
V6 7A
 211
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 100
Mister Witty
Boulder
V6 7A
 91
Every Color You Are
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Celestial Trail Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 220
V0- 4- PG13 Boulder
The Pursuit of Wow Tom Peter's Sla… > Tom Peter's Slab
 88
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Corner Route Slow Dance/Glea… > Corner Boulder
 111
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Heavenly Path Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 427
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Slight Inducement Slight Induceme… > Slight Inducement Bou…
 99
V1 5 Boulder
Carrot Top Savannah Area > Fred Boulder
 155
V3 6A Boulder
Black Magic E Rim Area > Blood Simple Area > Black Magic Boulder
 96
V3 6A R Boulder
Solarium Central Happine… > Solarium Boulder
 359
V4- 6B Boulder
Big Chicken Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 84
V4 6B Boulder
Weekender Slow Dance/Glea… > Slow Dance Cave
 141
V4 6B Boulder
Ketron Classic Savannah Area > Savannah Boulder
 280
V4 6B Boulder
Serengeti Serengeti Area > Serengeti Boulder
 287
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 211
V6 7A Boulder
Mister Witty W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 100
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
Every Color You Are W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 91
V6 7A Boulder
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AWinters   NH  
Stay off the plants!!! Feb 19, 2010
Eli Asay
Boulder, Colorado
Eli Asay   Boulder, Colorado
good in the winter if your car can't make it up the hill into the buttermilks... went there last december and, even though the sads were completely covered in snow, the happys got enough sun to make it totally worthwhile :) Aug 9, 2010
I wonder if some people diss this place due to the abundance of holds on some faces. But if the names describes one aspect of what bouldering should be it's HAPPY! Hard not to have a fun day here. Nov 23, 2010
Jason Chinchen
Bend, Oregon
Jason Chinchen   Bend, Oregon
Every time you throw your climbing tape on the ground, god kills a puppy.
I am so sick of cleaning up after you leave it. Oh, by the way stashing it under a rock does not make it O.K. Jan 2, 2012
Tom Helvie
Bishop, CA
Tom Helvie   Bishop, CA
"Every time you throw your climbing tape on the ground, god kills a puppy."

Will god be killing the puppies that are running (i.e. shitting/trampling) all over the Happys? If so, I might be leaving alot of tape on the ground. Jan 3, 2012
Jason Chinchen
Bend, Oregon
Jason Chinchen   Bend, Oregon
Good point Tom....
And tampon applicators are not biodegradable. Also plants are not dog stakes or clothes hangers..... Dec 28, 2012
Neil Rankin
Winston-Salem, NC
Neil Rankin   Winston-Salem, NC
I've spent countless hours,
in this land that time forgot,
and I miss it so. Aug 22, 2018