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Areas in Druid Stones

Arch Drude Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 10 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 10
Druid Stone Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 22 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 22
Helluland Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 12 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 12
Long Ship Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 9 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 9
Otherworld, The 0 / 0 / 0 / 35 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 35
Sacrificial Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Shock Therapy Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 5 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 5
Skye Stone Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11
Thunder Wall Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 15 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 15
Trailside Boulder 0 / 0 / 0 / 1 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 1
Warlock Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0
Wave Boulder Area 0 / 0 / 0 / 11 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 11


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).

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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
Blood Kin
V3 6A PG13
Fear of the Unknown
V3 6A
V4 6B
V4 6B
Spoiled Blond
V5- 6C
Prostrate to the Higher Mind
V5- 6C
Arch Drude
V5 6C
Hook Line and Sinker
V5 6C
Arch Drude (Left Start)
V6 7A
Skye Dance
V7 7A+
V7 7A+
Denton's Diversion
V7 7A+
All Fired Up
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
Blood Kin Druid Stone Area > Blood Kin Stone
V1 5 Boulder
Fear of the Unknown Sacrificial Boulder
V3 6A PG13 Boulder
Thunder Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
V3 6A Boulder
Kredulf Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
V4 6B Boulder
Spoiled Blond Thunder Wall Area > Goblin Rock
V4 6B Boulder
Prostrate to the Higher Mind Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
V5- 6C Boulder
Arch Drude Arch Drude Area > Arch Drude Boulder
V5- 6C Boulder
Hook Line and Sinker Wave Boulder Area > Wave Boulder
V5 6C Boulder
Arch Drude (Left Start) Arch Drude Area > Arch Drude Boulder
V5 6C Boulder
Skye Dance Skye Stone Area > Skye Stone
V6 7A Boulder
Cayla Skye Stone Area > Skye Stone
V7 7A+ Boulder
Denton's Diversion Thunder Wall Area > Thunder Wall Boulder
V7 7A+ Boulder
All Fired Up Skye Stone Area > All Fired Up Boulder
V7 7A+ Boulder
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Amazing history for Eganobe Dr. Rob

Thanks for sharing!!! Apr 2, 2014
Hi: I just want to make a comment. I know that the bouldering community has named this are the Druid Stones, but since and least the mid 1800's locals knew the area by the Paiute Word "Eganobe" (loosely translated, means place to eat-or more literal, soup house). The trail by Eganobe was for years a livestock trail, starting with horses, and then cattle, and before that a tribal trail into the area and Coyote Valley. My family was the last to take cattle up there in 1984, we drove 360 head for summer grazing in Coyote. We went the first part of July, and yes it was hot then too. My family first took livestock up the trail in 1876, the name Eganobe was told to my grandfather A.A. Brierly by Paiute cowboys that worked for him. There are many tribal home sites and arch sites just beyond Eganobe. It is too bad the bouldering community didn't learn the local name for the place that has been used for generations. I started going in with cattle when I was 12. Last time I went I was 28. Often in the summer we rode up the trail to check cattle sometimes once a week, in later years we hauled our horses up the Coyote Road to make cattle check. Right near spot Eganobe is where we would let the cattle drift after the first day of the drive, we spent the night on the trail and early next morning followed the straglers on into Coyote. Later, after the trap was built at the foot of the hill, the cattle would be put in there for the night, and the next day we drove the cattle in all the way to Coyote. I have written a couple articles in the Inyo Register about the Eganobe area. It is one of my favorite spots, and has lots of memories. Oct 27, 2011
AWinters   NH  
It's hot for sure, and it's actually at a lower elevation than the Buttermilks. It's possible, but I'd head into the high country if I were you... Apr 28, 2011
Adam Brink
on the road
Adam Brink   on the road
Is it too hot at the Druid Stones to boulder in summer? I've bouldered here in April and it was getting warm. Thanks! Apr 21, 2011

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