Druid Stones Bouldering
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DescriptionThe intriguing Druid Stones sit about two thousand feet above Bishop in the foothills of the Sierra, just southwest of town. The approach is anywhere between 25 and 45 minutes up a fairly steep hillside, thus filtering out the crowds you'd see at the nearby Buttermilks or Happy Boulders, making it an ideal location on busy weekends and holidays.
Home to hundreds of boulder problems in the greater area, it's an area definitely worth checking out, with lots of potential higher on the hillside and to the south in a seemingly endless sea of boulders and outcroppings. Large boulders are found everywhere in the area and alongside the trail during the hike in. It'll be tempting to stop in many places and drop pad during the approach, but keep truckin' and you'll soon find a highly concentrated 'grove' of boulders with an abundance of classics surrounding the dominant and centralized Druid Stone. The rock is a coarse monzonite, the same as that found at the Buttermilks, so bring fresh tips and tape.
Visitors will find that the view from the boulderfield alone is worth the hike, but since there are hundreds of massive boulders at your fingertips you might as well have a go at some of them while you're there.
Getting ThereFrom US 395 (Main St. in Bishop) take W. Line St. west towards the Sierra. After a mile or so, take a left at the light onto Barlow Lane (south) and after about 1.5 miles bear right at the fork. The road curves west at this point. Make a left after you pass under the 3rd powerline onto a dirt road. Take your first right and after maybe a mile or so park at the oval where the road ends. The trailhead is here. Take the obvious trail as it goes back into the wash then switchbacks left up around the hillside. Keep hiking, after 25-45 minutes, when the trail finally flattens out on the crest, look for the boulders on your left. There is a side trail into the boulders off the main trail marked by a small rock 'V' at the fork (please use this trail).
Classic Climbing Routes at Druid Stones
Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
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