Elevation: 4,214 ft
GPS: 37.414, -118.447 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: AWinters on Feb 23, 2006
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Happy Boulders

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V0 4 PG13
 96
The Pursuit of Wow
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 128
Corner Route
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 488
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V3 6A R
 112
Black Magic
Boulder
V4 6B
 417
Solarium
Boulder
V4 6B
 88
Big Chicken
Boulder
V4 6B
 152
Weekender
Boulder
V4 6B
 321
Ketron Classic
Boulder
V4 6B
 80
Cue Ball
Boulder
V5 6C
 313
Serengeti
Boulder
V6 7A
 243
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A R
 63
Atari
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 111
Mister Witty
Boulder
V6 7A
 108
Every Color You Are
Boulder
V7 7A+
 85
Jug Start to Acid Wash Right
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Pursuit of Wow Tom Peter's Sla… > Tom Peter's Slab
 96
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Corner Route Slow Dance/Glea… > Corner Boulder
 128
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Heavenly Path Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 488
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Black Magic E Rim Area > Blood Simple Area > Black Magic Boulder
 112
V3 6A R Boulder
Solarium Central Happine… > Solarium Boulder
 417
V4 6B Boulder
Big Chicken Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 88
V4 6B Boulder
Weekender Slow Dance/Glea… > Slow Dance Cave
 152
V4 6B Boulder
Ketron Classic Savannah Area > Savannah Boulder
 321
V4 6B Boulder
Cue Ball E Rim Area > Sixty Foot Woma… > Shadow Play Boulder
 80
V4 6B Boulder
Serengeti Serengeti Area > Serengeti Boulder
 313
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 243
V6 7A Boulder
Atari E Rim Area > Atari Area
 63
V6 7A R Boulder
Mister Witty W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 111
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
Every Color You Are W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 108
V6 7A Boulder
Jug Start to Acid Wash Right Slow Dance/Glea… > Acid Wash Cave
 85
V7 7A+ Boulder
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