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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703 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
 133
China Doll
Boulder
V0 4 PG13
 84
The Pursuit of Wow
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 103
Corner Route
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 397
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V3 6A R
 89
Black Magic
Boulder
V4- 6B
 333
Solarium
Boulder
V4 6B
 124
Weekender
Boulder
V4 6B
 258
Ketron Classic
Boulder
V4 6B
 116
The Fang
Boulder
V5 6C
 272
Serengeti
Boulder
V5 6C
 106
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V5 6C
 132
Molly
Boulder
V6 7A
 198
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 93
Mister Witty
Boulder
V6 7A
 86
Every Color You Are
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
China Doll Sad Boulders > Molly Area
 133
V0 4 Boulder
The Pursuit of Wow Happy Boulders > Tom Peter's Sla… > Tom Peter's Slab
 84
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Corner Route Happy Boulders > Slow Dance/Glea… > Corner Boulder
 103
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Heavenly Path Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 397
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Black Magic Happy Boulders > … > Blood Simple Area > Black Magic Boulder
 89
V3 6A R Boulder
Solarium Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Solarium Boulder
 333
V4- 6B Boulder
Weekender Happy Boulders > Slow Dance/Glea… > Slow Dance Cave
 124
V4 6B Boulder
Ketron Classic Happy Boulders > Savannah Area > Savannah Boulder
 258
V4 6B Boulder
The Fang Sad Boulders > Sad Parrot Area > Bird Cage Boulder
 116
V4 6B Boulder
Serengeti Happy Boulders > Serengeti Area > Serengeti Boulder
 272
V5 6C Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Sad Boulders > Strength in Numbers Area
 106
V5 6C Boulder
Molly Sad Boulders > Molly Area
 132
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 198
V6 7A Boulder
Mister Witty Happy Boulders > W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 93
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
Every Color You Are Happy Boulders > W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 86
V6 7A Boulder
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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
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
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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