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The Happy and Sad Boulders offer hundreds of boulder problems that will delight and challenge climbers who come to Bishop to test their skills. With everything from jugs to crimps to pockets, you can find just about anything here. There are caves and cracks, and while some of the rock might not look that secure, it’s pretty solid. The landings are usually flat, the top outs are flat—what more could you ask for?

What Makes It Great

The Happy and Sad Boulders are located in the Volcanic Tableland, just north of Bishop in an (almost) mile long canyon. The volcanic rock in this area created channels, cracks and underhangs that draws climbers from all over the world to experience the Bishop Tuff for themselves. A little bit easier on the hands than the rock over at the nearby Buttermilks, the Happy and Sad Boulders offer more of a challenge for your muscles rather than your skin.

The Happy Boulders are a little more accessible for a less experienced climber, and, as the name suggests, it’s hard to have a bad day out here. Most of the problems here range from V0 (Pursuit of Wow, Corner Route) to V8 (Disco Diva), but there are a few tougher ones, like Toxic Avenger (V9/10) and Acid Wash (V10). If you want to get your heart pumping, jump on the not-t0-difficult highball Heavenly Path (V1). The Happys are a great place to go out with a crew of varying abilities because of the range of problems, and the high concentration of them. It’s very easy for multiple people to work on their projects within a stone’s throw of each other.

The Sad Boulders, on the other hand, offer up some much more challenging problems. While there are some classics in the V0-V3 range (like China Doll and Still Life), you’ll also find some trickier V10s, like Beefcake, a low and steep climb inside a catacomb-like cave. The Sads are also usually cooler thanks to these caves and less direct sunlight on the rock.

The flora and fauna in this area are fragile, so leave no trace and pack out anything you bring in to ensure it stays beautiful for generations to come. Combined with the epic climbing and the stunning backdrop of the Eastern Sierra, including incredible peaks like Mt. Tom and the Wheeler Crest, it’s easy to see what makes this area so popular.

Who is Going to Love It

Between the two spots there is something for every type of climber. There is an abundance of low traverses and link-ups, plenty of overhangs with friendly handholds, crimpy routes, cracks, and a tons of finger pockets. The landings are flat and there’s a pretty wide range of difficulties here too.

Directions, Parking, & Regulations

Head north from Bishop on Highway 395 and make a right onto Pleasant Valley Road. Turn right again onto Chalk Bluff Road after passing by the Pleasant Valley Campground. On your left hand side is a cliff band, continue for about two miles until you hit the parking and access area for Happy Boulders. The pit toilet is located here as well. Continue on to the second kiosk area to access the Sads.

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3 days ago

Camping is one of the best ways to bring people together. The fairgrounds has camping open year-round with water and electricity.
Photo by Gayla Wolfe
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Camping is one of the best ways to bring people together. The fairgrounds has camping open year-round with water and electricity. 
Photo by Gayla Wolfe
https://tricountyfair.com/bishop-climbers-campground/

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So you can just roll in , no reservations needed?

This is great news. 👍🏻👏🏻🎣🐟😎❤️🇺🇸

Camped there all the time during the 50-60's

My wife and I are also rugged campers. We love to rough it in one of the cabins at the Double Eagle Lodge in June Lake. We huddle around the fireplace sipping a glass of fine Chardonnay. It's tough, but we somehow survive and return at every opportunity.

No I didn't know

Yes

Jacquelyn Mc Namara Stuckey...did you know this???

Marilyn Bennett Just an FYI.

Another Sanctuary city ?

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4 days ago

Happy hour at it's best :)
Thanks @seanbplunkett for beautful shot.
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Happy hour at its best :)
Thanks @seanbplunkett for beautful shot. 
#visitbishop
#bishopBIGbackyard

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Great fishing too! Many drifts down the Owens river!

Wow beautiful

ahhh...SO beautiful!!!

Wild and beautiful 💗

Nice always

Beautiful!

Amazing

Owens river (creek like), near a camping spot I think !

Owens River??

That is a poster!

Dang 😍

I want to see this so much just to experience what my awesome brother loved so much! He loved BISHOP, so every picture you share is special to me! 💛💙😊😀

GORGEOUS shot. Can't wait to go back soo

Nature soothes the soul....

Diane Van Riper. Looks different than when we were there!

Look at all the natural beauty of the color here!!!

You will never see a more Beautiful sun rise.

RAD!!

♥️

Owens River. Caught my largest brown trout there

Wonderful Sean B Plunkett!!

Isn’t that beautiful!!

Looks great

Why weren't you in this shot Josh Beck?

Tam Mert

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5 days ago

Wow!! Look at this tree in infrared! Millpond County Park?
Thanks @lacey__leonard for this cool shot!
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Wow!! Look at this tree in infrared! Millpond County Park?
Thanks @lacey__leonard for this cool shot!
#visitbishop

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Beautiful

Beautiful.

Lovely.

Beautiful

BEAUTIFUL

Amazing

Awesome

Awesome

Love Mollpond.

Beautiful

Stunning

Unique photo

So cool

AMAZING VIEW! This is a beautiful shot!

Millpond Park is an ideal place to read a book in the shade of one of its beautiful trees, stroll, spend your lunch break, or just sit and be alone with yourself. It is truly unique.

I'd say supernatural would be a good description of this picture. <3

B & W ,wonder full

Totally beautiful.

This was the site of my wedding reception ! Remember that fiasco Rick and Joan A. Huff! Drunken and half blown over wedding cake!!OMG

❤️

Beautiful

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