Elevation: 4,400 ft
GPS: 37.416, -118.44 Google Map · Climbing Area Map
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Shared By: AWinters on Jan 22, 2008
Admins: Aron Quiter, Euan Cameron, AWinters, Mike Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Vicki Schwantes, Justin Johnsen

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 rim, 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...

Looking down from the Sads towards Bishop.

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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732 Total Climbs

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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
 193
China Doll
Boulder
V0 4 PG13
 114
The Pursuit of Wow
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 144
Corner Route
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 536
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V3 6A R
 129
Black Magic
Boulder
V4 6B
 449
Solarium
Boulder
V4 6B
 357
Ketron Classic
Boulder
V4 6B
 177
The Fang
Boulder
V5 6C
 335
Serengeti
Boulder
V5 6C
 141
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V5 6C
 174
Molly
Boulder
V6 7A
 262
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 121
Mister Witty
Boulder
V6 7A
 130
Every Color You Are
Boulder
V6 7A
 90
The Clapper
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
China Doll Sad Boulders > Molly Area
 193
V0 4 Boulder
The Pursuit of Wow Happy Boulders > Tom Peter's Sla… > Tom Peter's Slab
 114
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Corner Route Happy Boulders > Slow Dance/Glea… > Corner Boulder
 144
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Heavenly Path Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 536
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Black Magic Happy Boulders > … > Blood Simple Area > Black Magic Boulder
 129
V3 6A R Boulder
Solarium Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Solarium Boulder
 449
V4 6B Boulder
Ketron Classic Happy Boulders > Savannah Area > Savannah Boulder
 357
V4 6B Boulder
The Fang Sad Boulders > Sad Parrot Area > Bird Cage Boulder
 177
V4 6B Boulder
Serengeti Happy Boulders > Serengeti Area > Serengeti Boulder
 335
V5 6C Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Sad Boulders > Strength in Num… > Strength in Numbers
 141
V5 6C Boulder
Molly Sad Boulders > Molly Area
 174
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 262
V6 7A Boulder
Mister Witty Happy Boulders > W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 121
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
Every Color You Are Happy Boulders > W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 130
V6 7A Boulder
The Clapper Happy Boulders > … > Clapper Area > Clapper Boulder
 90
V6 7A Boulder
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