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Intro

Getting to the Druid Stones is definitely an uplifting experience. The hike climbs about 1,700 feet in a little under 2 miles and delivers a bird’s eye view of Bishop and the Owens Valley below. The hike follows a fairly obvious trail from the base of the Coyote Ridge just off Bir Road, about 5 miles southwest from the center of Bishop. There are a few pretty steep sections, so wear your good shoes, or bring hiking poles for balance.

What Makes It Great

The Druid Stones area is another well-liked spot for bouldering, but not as often frequented by climbers because of the relatively long (by climbers’ standards) and steep ascent. This is super trail that delivers a short (by hikers’ standards) and strenuous hike with quick and easy access to the trailhead. It will warm you up well on a chilly winter day. Once on the plateau you’ll have an incredible view and it’s likely you’ll find solitude to sit and contemplate the world.

Who Is Going to Love It

In summer this is a great bouldering spot for climbers to escape the hotter temps of the valley below. Hikers with a good level of fitness will find this is a great way to stay in shape for longer, high altitude hikes. The Druids Trail is wonderful for runners to improve endurance and running techniques on steep ascents and descents. All in all – it is for outdoor enthusiasts with moderate to good fitness and some experience at higher altitude hiking. Your youthful, energetic dog will love this trail too.

Best Season

It is accessible and wonderful all year, but best between April and September. Mid-winter can drop a good number inches or maybe even a foot or so of snow up higher which will impede safe travel. A sunset hike in summer – especially on a full moon night – will be magical and you could find your way down by the light of the moon.

Directions. Parking. Regulations.

Follow W. Line St. (State Route 168) west from the center of Bishop to the traffic light at Barlow Rd. Turn left (south) and travel until you pass beyond the developed neighborhood until you reach a fork in the road. Take the right hand fork, Bir Rd., and drive slowly for 1.7 miles. Turn left onto a dirt road toward the trailhead parking at the base of the hill. Park in a suitable clearing off the main road or dirt road and please do not crush the brush.

As always when hiking in the Eastern Sierra be prepared with layers of clothing (especially wind and waterproof layers if the weather is inclement), plenty of water, a hat and sunscreen (even in winter), and snacks.

Take a right at Bir Rd to the Druid Stones trailhead

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10 hours ago

Small town: There is a buzz around Bishop in support of our high school football team. They won their 3rd CIF Championship in school history and are headed off to their first CIF Bowl game tomorrow. Doe this bring back memories for any of you?? So from the Bishop Visitor Center... Go Bishop Union High School Broncos!!
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Small town: There is a buzz around Bishop in support of our high school football team. They won their 3rd CIF Championship in school history and are headed off to their first CIF Bowl game tomorrow. Doe this bring back memories for any of you?? So from the Bishop Visitor Center... Go Bishop Union High School Broncos!!
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Job well done congratulations awesome

Congratulations My high school won 1978 & 1979 Cif playoff. Never again....La Sierra High School, Riverside

Congratulations Broncos!

Congratulations. 👍🏻

Awesome guy's!!!

Be victorious!

Very cool!

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1 day ago

Sunsets around here never get old. 😍
#nofilter #visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard
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Sunsets around here never get old. 😍
#nofilter #visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard
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I've got a lot of nice trout up in Bishop I love it there

Beautiful picture

Love the sky's @ sunsets and sunrise. I have some beautiful pictures of the area. This looks to be below pleasant valley campground on the lower Owens. I fly fished all over the west, This is still my favorite water!!!

What a lovely picture of the beautiful, colorful ,peaceful sky it's so breathtaking. 💘

I love Bishop....great fishing...beautiful area

Classic Western Sky with cattle to add to the picture. Hearing some Western music in the back ground. Just need a windmill. <3

Those Happy Cows love the Bishop sunsets.

And I love Bishop!😊

STUNNING🌹🌹

I love it in the late afternoon when the Sierra's cast their shadow on the White Mountains

HOME ! !

These views never get old. MIss them.

Nice

Beautiful Sun 🌞set

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1 day ago

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Snow in the mountains, but dry in the valley, that's why we love Bishop!

Pretty

God I miss it!

Beautiful!!

Home sweet home beautiful

Ready to roll there!!!!

Beautiful

Every time I go south on 395 I'm amazed at the beauty of the eastern Sierra Nevada could spend a lifetime in the Mountains There

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1 day ago

Definitely feels and looks like winter around here these days.... this is a shot from yesterday.
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Definitely feels and looks like winter around here these days.... this is a shot from yesterday. 
📷 by Julie Faber
#visitbishop #bishopBIGbackyard

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Wish you'd post what mountains we're looking at. Lovely photograph!

This is absolutely beautiful! 😊😀

wow, such a beautiful post, need long johns to stay longer then an hour in that snow ?

Awesome picture

Fabulous!

... name of the "pyramid peak" please.....

Hello Tom!

Mt. Tom

Beautiful

Beautiful

Beautiful

Frank

I need to go fishing on the Owens or PVR, been a while.

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