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
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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
 131
China Doll
Boulder
V2 5+
 40
Prozac Nation
Boulder
V4 6B
 41
Mothership Connection
Boulder
V4 6B
 110
The Fang
Boulder
V4 6B
 36
Whiskey, Beer and Spliff Hits fo…
Boulder
V4-5 6B+
 33
Molly Dyno
Boulder
V5 6C
 48
Fueled By Hate
Boulder
V5 6C
 101
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V5 6C
 63
Chizam
Boulder
V5 6C
 126
Molly
Boulder
V5 6C
 48
Anti-Hero
Boulder
V6 7A
 35
Rio's Crack
Boulder
V6 7A
 42
French Press
Boulder
V7 7A+
 14
Lawnmower Man
Boulder
V8 7B
 39
Pow Pow
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
China Doll Molly Area
 131
V0 4 Boulder
Prozac Nation Prozac Nation B… > Prozac Nation Boulder
 40
V2 5+ Boulder
Mothership Connection Ice Caves
 41
V4 6B Boulder
The Fang Sad Parrot Area > Bird Cage Boulder
 110
V4 6B Boulder
Whiskey, Beer and Spliff Hi… Kindergarten Area > Rim Job Boulder
 36
V4 6B Boulder
Molly Dyno Molly Area
 33
V4-5 6B+ Boulder
Fueled By Hate Ice Caves
 48
V5 6C Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Strength in Numbers Area
 101
V5 6C Boulder
Chizam Ice Caves
 63
V5 6C Boulder
Molly Molly Area
 126
V5 6C Boulder
Anti-Hero Death Star Cave
 48
V5 6C Boulder
Rio's Crack Rio's Crack Area
 35
V6 7A Boulder
French Press Misery Area > Misery Cave
 42
V6 7A Boulder
Lawnmower Man Los Locos Area
 14
V7 7A+ Boulder
Pow Pow Pow Pow Area > Pow Pow Alcove
 39
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