Elevation: 6,200 ft
GPS: 37.307, -118.436 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: AWinters on Dec 16, 2007
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
Access Issue: Inyo National Forest Closed Details

Description

The 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 There

From 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).

The Druid Stones, on the horizon, seen from a ways up the approach trail

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Classic Climbing Routes at Druid Stones

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V1 5
 20
Head Butt
Boulder
V1 5
 22
Blood Kin
Boulder
V3 6A
 73
Thunder
Boulder
V3 6A PG13
 11
Fear of the Unknown
Boulder
V4 6B
 40
Kredulf
Boulder
V5- 6C
 29
Arch Drude
Boulder
V5 6C
 26
Hook Line and Sinker
Boulder
V5 6C
 21
Suspenders
Boulder
V5 6C
 16
Arch Drude (Left Start)
Boulder
V6 7A
 35
Skye Dance
Boulder
V7 7A+
 7
Cayla
Boulder
V7 7A+
 9
Denton's Diversion
Boulder
V7 7A+
 5
All Fired Up
Boulder
V8 7B
 3
Old Ei
Boulder
V10 7C+
 4
Denton's Remorse
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Head Butt Otherworld > Hall of the Mtn Queens
 20
V1 5 Boulder
Blood Kin Druid Stone Area > Blood Kin Stone
 22
V1 5 Boulder
Thunder Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
 73
V3 6A Boulder
Fear of the Unknown Sacrificial Boulder
 11
V3 6A PG13 Boulder
Kredulf Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
 40
V4 6B Boulder
Arch Drude Arch Drude Area > Arch Drude Boulder
 29
V5- 6C Boulder
Hook Line and Sinker Wave Boulder Area > Wave Boulder
 26
V5 6C Boulder
Suspenders Wave Boulder Area > Wave Boulder
 21
V5 6C Boulder
Arch Drude (Left Start) Arch Drude Area > Arch Drude Boulder
 16
V5 6C Boulder
Skye Dance Skye Stone Area > Skye Stone
 35
V6 7A Boulder
Cayla Skye Stone Area > Skye Stone
 7
V7 7A+ Boulder
Denton's Diversion Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
 9
V7 7A+ Boulder
All Fired Up Skye Stone Area > All Fired Up Boulder
 5
V7 7A+ Boulder
Old Ei Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
 3
V8 7B Boulder
Denton's Remorse Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
 4
V10 7C+ Boulder
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