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Birdie Cracks 3 / 0 / 3 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 3
Happy Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 481 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 481
Sad Boulders 0 / 0 / 0 / 197 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 0 / 197

Description

Just north of Bishop the floor of the Owens Valley rises abruptly forming a 300 foot-high volcanic plateau that runs for miles from east to west, stretching north to the higher Sherwin Plateau. Along the southern tip numerous canyons and washes containing thousands of boulders can be found slicing into and through the plateau - including the two that make up the Happy and Sad bouldering areas. Dozens of other rises and rock bands are scattered throughtout to quench the explorer's thirst.

Pack out ALL trash, control your dogs, and avoid ALL plants and vegetation! They are disappearing rapidly in these areas due to heavy foot traffic! Please let them grow.

Avoid ALL physical contact with Petroglyphs


This area is often referred to as 'The Mesa' to locals...

Getting There

From US 395 in Bishop, take US 6 north out of town towards Benton/Chalfant/Tonopah. After 1.3 miles, turn left on Five Bridges Rd. Follow this down the straightaway around the left-hand curve, past the Aggregate Plant to a 4-way intersection where the pavement turns to dirt. Take a left on Chalk Bluff Rd. for the Happy and Sad Boulders.

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Classic Climbing Routes at Volcanic Tablelands (Happy/Sad Boulders)

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes in this area.
V0- 4- PG13
Celestial Trail
Boulder
V0 4
China Doll
Boulder
V0+ 4+
Corner Route
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V3- 6A
Monkey Hang
Boulder
V3 6A
Slap Happy
Boulder
V3 6A
Carrot Top
Boulder
V3 6A R
Black Magic
Boulder
V4- 6B
Solarium
Boulder
V4 6B
Bleached Bones
Boulder
V4 6B
Ketron Classic
Boulder
V5 6C
Serengeti
Boulder
V5 6C
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V5 6C
Molly
Boulder
V6 7A
The Hulk
Boulder
Celestial Trail Happy Boulders > Central Happiness… > Heavenly Path Boulder V0- 4- PG13 Boulder
China Doll Sad Boulders > Molly Area V0 4 Boulder
Corner Route Happy Boulders > Slow Dance/Gleane… > Corner Boulder V0+ 4+ Boulder
Heavenly Path Happy Boulders > Central Happiness… > Heavenly Path Boulder V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Monkey Hang Happy Boulders > Slow Dance/Gleane… > Monkey Hang Boulder V3- 6A Boulder
Slap Happy Happy Boulders > Wavy Gravy Area > Slap Happy Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Carrot Top Happy Boulders > Savannah Area > Fred Boulder V3 6A Boulder
Black Magic Happy Boulders > … > Blood Simple Area > Black Magic Boulder V3 6A R Boulder
Solarium Happy Boulders > Central Happiness… > Solarium Boulder V4- 6B Boulder
Bleached Bones Happy Boulders > Serengeti Area > Bleached Bones Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Ketron Classic Happy Boulders > Savannah Area > Savannah Boulder V4 6B Boulder
Serengeti Happy Boulders > Serengeti Area > Serengeti Boulder V5 6C Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Sad Boulders > Strength in Numbers Area V5 6C Boulder
Molly Sad Boulders > Molly Area V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Happy Boulders > Central Happiness… > Happy Boulder V6 7A Boulder
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Leonie  
Does anyone have any photos from the happy and sad boulders I can use? PM me, thanks! Nov 7, 2016
vimeo.com/26402477 Jul 14, 2011
Euan Cameron
Mammoth Lakes
Euan Cameron   Mammoth Lakes  
I agree it is getting out of hand. It seems to be 'the' in thing this year to mark it up.

Seriously it isn't a gym, tick marks don't belong outside. Jan 22, 2009
AWinters   NH  
People need to settle down with the tick marks, it's getting ridiculous. It seems almost every boulder I walk up to I have to spend 10 minutes brushing off these eyesores! Come on, if you make a tick brush that ugly bastard off when you leave the boulder.

Also, who needs tick marks on STARTING footholds??? Ridiculous. Jan 22, 2009

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