Elevation: 4,196 ft
GPS: 37.418, -118.433 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: Tim Steele on Nov 24, 2007
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M. Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Read the BLM Sad Boulders page before you visit. Details

Description

Bishop Tuff boulders like the Happy Boulders, but can be cooler in spots due to the narrow, catacomb-like channels and caves. The area has a dense collection of problems, but caters more to climbers in the V6 - V10 range than the neighboring Happy Boulders, though some easier classics, such as China Doll (V0) and 'Still Life' (V3) do exist.

Read more at the BLM Sad Boulders page.

* * * * * STAY OFF THE PLANTS * * * * *

Getting There

From Bishop take road 6 North. Left on Five Bridges Road. Left again on Chalk Bluff Road. Park in pullout on your left after about a mile. The Sads can also be approached from Casa Diablo Road, but the parking lot at the top of the canyon is small and parking off road is highly discouraged by the BLM.

Sad Boulders. from the top of the approach looking back towards the parking area.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Sad Boulders

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0 4
 148
China Doll
Boulder
V1 5
 49
The Great Dominions
Boulder
V2 5+
 44
Prozac Nation
Boulder
V4 6B
 48
Mothership Connection
Boulder
V4 6B
 126
The Fang
Boulder
V4 6B
 41
Whiskey, Beer and Spliff Hits fo…
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 34
Molly Dyno
Boulder
V5 6C
 51
Fueled By Hate
Boulder
V5 6C
 110
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V5 6C
 68
Chizam
Boulder
V5 6C
 137
Molly
Boulder
V5 6C
 53
Anti-Hero
Boulder
V6 7A
 40
Rio's Crack
Boulder
V6 7A
 48
French Press
Boulder
V8 7B
 42
Pow Pow
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
China Doll Molly Area
 148
V0 4 Boulder
The Great Dominions Molly Area
 49
V1 5 Boulder
Prozac Nation Prozac Nation B… > Prozac Nation Boulder
 44
V2 5+ Boulder
Mothership Connection Ice Caves
 48
V4 6B Boulder
The Fang Sad Parrot Area > Bird Cage Boulder
 126
V4 6B Boulder
Whiskey, Beer and Spliff Hi… Kindergarten Area > Rim Job Boulder
 41
V4 6B Boulder
Molly Dyno Molly Area
 34
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Fueled By Hate Ice Caves
 51
V5 6C Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Strength in Numbers Area
 110
V5 6C Boulder
Chizam Ice Caves
 68
V5 6C Boulder
Molly Molly Area
 137
V5 6C Boulder
Anti-Hero Death Star Cave
 53
V5 6C Boulder
Rio's Crack Rio's Crack Area
 40
V6 7A Boulder
French Press Misery Area > Misery Cave
 48
V6 7A Boulder
Pow Pow Pow Pow Area > Pow Pow Alcove
 42
V8 7B Boulder
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GhaMby Eagan   Heaven
BLM would prefer if NOONE used the upper parking lot. I would rather hike in from the bottom since it is faster than the drive around and less wear on my car. Apr 2, 2012
yeah, i hate pulling up at the bottom thinking no one is out in the sad's, then see tons of people and realize they all come in from the top. fooey. Jun 14, 2012