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Happy Boulders 


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Elevation: 4,500'
Location: 37.4156, -118.4482 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Adam Winters on Feb 23, 2006
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Description 

The Happy Boulders offer highly concentrated world-class volcanic bouldering with hundreds of worthy problems ranging from simple to impossible.

Long shadowed by the more well-known and publicized Buttermilks, more and more climbers are realizing the potential inside the Happy Boulders canyon. Most first-time visitors will be overwhelmed by the amount of projects they just gathered and will find themselves making time to return. Some say at the Happies your muscles will fail first, whereas in the Buttermilks its your skin that will be your reason for leaving. Regardless, it's nice to have the options so close. Visitors experiencing Bishop in the colder months can find shelter and warmer temps here rather than the exposed and wind-swept Buttermilks.

* * * * * * STAY OFF THE PLANTS, STAY ON TRAIL & PACK OUT ALL TRASH * * * * * *

The rock, which looks brittle and crumbly with a quick glance is surprisingly bomber volcanic Bishop Tuff, just be weary on high top-outs that may not see much traffic. The boulders found here offer faces that test every technique - most notably is the abundance of finger pockets which are found everywhere. You'll also find steep, gymnastic juggy overhangs and crimpy faces, as well as low traverses and unlimited eliminates and link-ups. Cracks of wide ranges can be found on the rim along with easy and scary highballing... it's all here. The landings are flat, the boulders are jam-packed, and everyone in your posse will find what they're looking for.

The Happy Canyon with Mt Tom and the Wheeler Crest in the background
The Happy Canyon with Mt Tom and the Wheeler Crest in the background


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. Follow for 2.3 miles and park on the left side of the road. The canyon can easily be seen to your right, up the hill.

Pulling through the easy section of Black Magic.
Pulling through the easy section of Black Magic.


399 Total Routes


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The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Happy Boulders:
The Pursuit of Wow   V0 4 PG13     Boulder, 20'   Tom Peter's Slab Area : Tom Peter's Slab
Corner Route   V0+ 4+     Boulder, 18'   Slow Dance/Gleaner Area : Corner Boulder
Slight Inducement   V1 5     Boulder, 12'   Slight Inducement Area : Slight Inducement Boulder
Heavenly Path   V1 5 PG13     Boulder, 25'   Central Happiness Area : Heavenly Path Boulder
Rio's Secret Arete   V3 6A     Boulder   Sixty Foot Woman/Shadow Pla... : Secret Arete Boulder
Solarium   V3 6A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Solarium Boulder
Hard Crack   V3 6A     Boulder   Hard Crack Area
Black Magic   V3 6A R     Boulder, 20'   Blood Simple Area : Black Magic Boulder
Big Chicken   V4 6B     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Ketron Classic   V4 6B     Boulder   Savannah Area : Savannah Boulder
Rene   V5 6C PG13     Boulder, 22'   Hand to Hand Combat Area : Hand to Hand Combat Wall
Serengeti   V5 6C     Boulder, 15'   Serengeti Area : Serengeti Boulder
The Hulk   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
Every Color You Are   V6 7A     Boulder, 15'   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Mister Witty   V6 7A PG13     Boulder, 15'   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Karma   V6+ 7A     Boulder, 12'   Serengeti Area : Karma Alcove
Atari   V6+ 7A R     Boulder, 14'   East Rim Area : Atari Area
Morning Dove White   V7-8 7B     Boulder   West Rim Area : Desert Skies/Morning Dove A...
Highbrow   V7-8 7B R     Boulder, 12'   Frontierland : Highbrow Area
Disco Diva   V8 7B     Boulder, 12'   Central Happiness Area : Happy Boulder
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Highball. Stand-start high with good edges on the vertical wall. Make a big stretch up and right to a big square-cut sidepull, and head up on edges, OR go straight up from the starting holds on crimps and sidepulls. Slightly easier moves lead up to the safety of the big horizontal crack at 25 feet, followed by a few more feet of easy ground. The opening sequences feel like the physical crux, but you get off the deck real quick on this thing and the moves continue to be committing. Very head...[more]   Browse More Classics in CA

Photos of Happy Boulders Slideshow Add Photo
The Happy Canyon with Mt Tom and the Wheeler Crest in the background
The Happy Canyon with Mt Tom and the Wheeler Crest...
Area locations at the Happy Boulders
BETA PHOTO: Area locations at the Happy Boulders
Good day at the Happies
Good day at the Happies
x marks the spot
x marks the spot
It's fun at The Happies! <br />Photo by Blitzo.
It's fun at The Happies!
Photo by Blitzo.
Happy bouldering
Happy bouldering
en route to the Happies from Bishop
en route to the Happies from Bishop
Leon, warming up in the Happys
Leon, warming up in the Happys
The main trail on the approach into the canyon.
The main trail on the approach into the canyon.
Blitzo is everywhere!  Here Robbie is sticking the moves on Slap Happy, V3.
Blitzo is everywhere! Here Robbie is sticking the...
Perfect afternoon conditions at the Happy Boulders.
Perfect afternoon conditions at the Happy Boulders...
having fun at the Happies
having fun at the Happies
Top of the 'T-Crack Left', deep in the Upper Canyon
Top of the 'T-Crack Left', deep in the Upper Canyo...
Bouldering at The Happies. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at The Happies.
Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at the Happies. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Bouldering at the Happies.
Photo by Blitzo.
Inyo Mtns from the Happies
Inyo Mtns from the Happies
Boulders everywhere
Boulders everywhere
Playing at The Happy Boulders. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Playing at The Happy Boulders.
Photo by Blitzo.
Lots of Happy Boulders
Lots of Happy Boulders
Happy Boulders. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Happy Boulders.
Photo by Blitzo.
Black Friday sales?  No, the Happies on a holiday weekend...
Black Friday sales? No, the Happies on a holiday ...
Hike out from the Happys on a cool December afternoon.
Hike out from the Happys on a cool December aftern...
Basin Mtn & Mt Tom from the Happies
Basin Mtn & Mt Tom from the Happies
Katrina having fun
Katrina having fun
no better place to be on xmas eve
no better place to be on xmas eve
Aaron onsites a high ball in the happy boulders. Forgot the name though.
Aaron onsites a high ball in the happy boulders. F...
another fine day in the Tablelands
another fine day in the Tablelands
Bleached Bones
Bleached Bones
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By Mark Fletcher
Apr 8, 2014
CONDITION REPORT 

I found a single climbing shoe at the Happy Boulders very early in the morning on April 6, 2014. E-mail me at markf845 at gmail dot com and describe the shoe so I can return it to you.

As a side note, I participated in the Happy Boulders Crag Stewardship event on April 5. Why do people think that they need to cut the trail at the bottom rather than walk another 50 - 100 feet to the trail. Even while I was building up the wall of rocks to keep people on the trail, I noticed someone cutting up the hillside. This will kill the fragile desert plants - please stay on the trail! Also, pick up your dog's poop!

By Adam Winters
Administrator
From: the Shire
Feb 19, 2010

Stay off the plants!!!

By Eli Asay
From: Boulder, Colorado
Aug 9, 2010

good in the winter if your car can't make it up the hill into the buttermilks... went there last december and, even though the sads were completely covered in snow, the happys got enough sun to make it totally worthwhile :)

By Christian "crisco" Burrell
From: PG, Utah
Nov 23, 2010

I wonder if some people diss this place due to the abundance of holds on some faces. But if the names describes one aspect of what bouldering should be it's HAPPY! Hard not to have a fun day here.

By Jason Chinchen
From: Bend, Oregon
Jan 2, 2012

Every time you throw your climbing tape on the ground, god kills a puppy.
I am so sick of cleaning up after you leave it. Oh, by the way stashing it under a rock does not make it O.K.

By Tom Helvie
From: Bishop, CA
Jan 3, 2012

"Every time you throw your climbing tape on the ground, god kills a puppy."

Will god be killing the puppies that are running (i.e. shitting/trampling) all over the Happys? If so, I might be leaving alot of tape on the ground.

By Jason Chinchen
From: Bend, Oregon
Dec 28, 2012

Good point Tom....
And tampon applicators are not biodegradable. Also plants are not dog stakes or clothes hangers.....

By erik rieger
From: Gold Hill, CO
Sep 22, 2013

Lost Julbo sunglasses here on 9/22, would love them back!