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, M Morley, Adam Stackhouse, Salamanizer suchoski, Justin Johnsen, Vicki Schwantes
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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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716 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
 168
China Doll
Boulder
V0 4 PG13
 95
The Pursuit of Wow
Boulder
V0+ 4+
 127
Corner Route
Boulder
V1 5 PG13
 484
Heavenly Path
Boulder
V3 6A R
 112
Black Magic
Boulder
V4 6B
 416
Solarium
Boulder
V4 6B
 152
Weekender
Boulder
V4 6B
 319
Ketron Classic
Boulder
V4 6B
 146
The Fang
Boulder
V5 6C
 313
Serengeti
Boulder
V5 6C
 128
Strength in Numbers (Original SIN)
Boulder
V5 6C
 162
Molly
Boulder
V6 7A
 242
The Hulk
Boulder
V6 7A PG13
 111
Mister Witty
Boulder
V6 7A
 108
Every Color You Are
Boulder
Route Name Location Star Rating Difficulty Date
China Doll Sad Boulders > Molly Area
 168
V0 4 Boulder
The Pursuit of Wow Happy Boulders > Tom Peter's Sla… > Tom Peter's Slab
 95
V0 4 PG13 Boulder
Corner Route Happy Boulders > Slow Dance/Glea… > Corner Boulder
 127
V0+ 4+ Boulder
Heavenly Path Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Heavenly Path Boulder
 484
V1 5 PG13 Boulder
Black Magic Happy Boulders > … > Blood Simple Area > Black Magic Boulder
 112
V3 6A R Boulder
Solarium Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Solarium Boulder
 416
V4 6B Boulder
Weekender Happy Boulders > Slow Dance/Glea… > Slow Dance Cave
 152
V4 6B Boulder
Ketron Classic Happy Boulders > Savannah Area > Savannah Boulder
 319
V4 6B Boulder
The Fang Sad Boulders > Sad Parrot Area > Bird Cage Boulder
 146
V4 6B Boulder
Serengeti Happy Boulders > Serengeti Area > Serengeti Boulder
 313
V5 6C Boulder
Strength in Numbers (Origin… Sad Boulders > Strength in Numbers Area
 128
V5 6C Boulder
Molly Sad Boulders > Molly Area
 162
V5 6C Boulder
The Hulk Happy Boulders > Central Happine… > Happy Boulder
 242
V6 7A Boulder
Mister Witty Happy Boulders > W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 111
V6 7A PG13 Boulder
Every Color You Are Happy Boulders > W Rim Area > Desert Skies/Morning…
 108
V6 7A Boulder
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