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Elevation: 4,400 ft 1,341 m
GPS: 37.41601, -118.43994
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Shared By: AWinters on Jan 22, 2008
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Description Suggest change

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...

Getting There Suggest change

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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771 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 PG13
 148
The Pursuit of Wow
Boulder
V0 4
 270
China Doll
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 191
Corner Route
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 696
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V3 6A R
 158
Black Magic
Boulder
V4 6B
 486
Ketron Classic
Boulder
V4 6B
 279
The Fang
Boulder
V5 6C
 436
Serengeti
Boulder
V5 6C
 182
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V5 6C
 227
Molly
Boulder
V6 7A
 355
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A R
 92
Atari
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 156
Mister Witty
Boulder
V6 7A
 179
Every Color You Are
Boulder
V6 7A
 95
French Press
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
The Pursuit of Wow Happy Boulders > Tom Peter's Sla… > Tom Peter's Slab
 148
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
China Doll Sad Boulders > Molly Area
 270
V0 4 Boulder
Corner Route Happy Boulders > Slow Dance/Glea… > Corner Boulder
 191
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Heavenly Path Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 696
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Black Magic Happy Boulders > … > Blood Simple Area > Black Magic Boulder
 158
V3 6A R Boulder
Ketron Classic Happy Boulders > Savannah Area > Savannah Boulder
 486
V4 6B Boulder
The Fang Sad Boulders > Sad Parrot Area > Bird Cage Boulder
 279
V4 6B Boulder
Serengeti Happy Boulders > Serengeti Area > Serengeti Boulder
 436
V5 6C Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Sad Boulders > Strength in Num… > Strength in Numbers
 182
V5 6C Boulder
Molly Sad Boulders > Molly Area
 227
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 355
V6 7A Boulder
Atari Happy Boulders > E Rim Area > Atari Area
 92
V6 7A R Boulder
Mister Witty Happy Boulders > W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 156
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
Every Color You Are Happy Boulders > W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 179
V6 7A Boulder
French Press Sad Boulders > Misery Area > Misery Cave
 95
V6 7A Boulder
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