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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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Sunset two nights ago. Even on stormy days there is light and beauty. We hope you can find something beautiful in your day... Stay strong. We’ve got this. ❤️
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1 day ago

Just reminding you to PLEASE PUT YOUR FISHING PLANS ON HOLD! We are asking all guests to Bishop and the Eastern Sierra NOT to visit NOW. As we humans are all grappling with the coronavirus, please know the fish that have been planted will just be BIGGER and more FUN when the Eastern Sierra opens its doors back up to our guests. Until then, please stay healthy at home, and feel free to share fish stories with us (even if they aren't true). With love from Bishop. We look forward to seeing you again once it’s safe to travel. ... See MoreSee Less

Just reminding you to PLEASE PUT YOUR FISHING PLANS ON HOLD!  We are asking all guests to Bishop and the Eastern Sierra NOT to visit NOW.  As we humans are all grappling with the coronavirus, please know the fish that have been planted will just be BIGGER and more FUN when the Eastern Sierra opens its doors back up to our guests. Until then, please stay healthy at home, and feel free to share fish stories with us (even if they arent true).  With love from Bishop.  We look forward to seeing you again once it’s safe to travel.

2 days ago

Another little video: Meanwhile here in the valley... the birds are chirping, the water keeps moving, and the clouds are floating along. Hope you are able to find something beautiful in your day today! ... See MoreSee Less

3 days ago

From our friends at Mule Days...Dear Mule Days friends,

It is with heavy hearts that the Board of Directors announces that we have made the decision to postpone the Mule Days Celebration until May of 2021. As we had stated at the outset, we continually monitored the situation with officials from a variety of sources. Finally, in consultation with our local public health officials it simply was no longer reasonable to move forward.

We will miss our friends, mule fans, visitors, volunteers, contestants, vendors, advertisers and sponsors who come from nearly every state in America and several countries. We value and appreciate all who have worked so hard to bring together 50 Years of the “Greatest Mule Show on Earth”. But it is out of an abundance of caution for the health and wellbeing of our Eastern Sierra communities and for those who visit us that we make this decision.

In the coming days we will be working to connect with everyone regarding tickets, deposits, entries and reservations. As we continue to practice mandatory safety protocols our response time may be slow so we ask for your patience. We expect to communicate regularly through our social media, email and website in order to keep you updated as we work through this difficult time.

The Bishop Mule Days Board of Directors


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3 days ago

Wishing you a peaceful week with this little video. It is likely snowing at Intake 2 right now (the mountains are completely socked in), but this is how it looked last Friday 😍. ... See MoreSee Less

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