A Climbers’ Home: The Hostel California Bishop

Hostel California Bishop

Every once in a while, we stumble upon a place that embodies the spirit of rock climbing and adventuring, and we have to tell you all about it. The Hostel California is one of those places. THC is a cozy hostel located in the small town of Bishop—the bouldering mecca of California.


Related: Climbing Destination Guide: Bishop, California


If you’re heading to Bishop this season and need a place to stay, this is where you’ll want to be. Even if you’re sleeping at The Pit, you’ll want to stop by and check this place out. You’ll make new friends, take a shower, hang in the living room, meet a really cute dog, climb in the bouldering cave, play beer pong, and probably be fed dinner.

Hostel California Bishop

Hikers, climbers, and adventurers of all kinds stay at the hostel. The vibe here is laid back, fun, and friendly. And you’ll definitely meet some characters—including the incredibly friendly founder and owner, Matt—and hear stories that you won’t soon forget.


A new rendition of Hotel California … Hostel California performed by PCT hiker passing through:


Details and basics about on the Hostel California Bishop


Private or dorm-style, rooms can accommodate groups as large as 12 people. Check the website or call for availability. Discounts are available for climbing gym employees, hiker trash, dirtbags, and large groups. Also, mention Moja Gear and receive an additional discount!


– Private rooms with a private bathroom start at $60-$170 (plus tax)

– Dorm beds are available from $20-$30 (plus tax)

Hostel California rooms


Available for $5 if you aren’t a guest of the hostel.


A full kitchen with pots, pans, spices, and every kitchen appliance you could imagine. Family-style dinners happen often here. If you’re lucky, Angelo (THC chef and host from Abruzzo, Italy) will make ravioli.


Related: Camp Kitchen: A Healthy and Simple Post-Climbing Dinner Recipe

Hostel California Bishop


Other note-worthy features

Crash pads, stick brushes, bikes, and skateboards:

Free for you to use.

The Bouldering Cave:

A great place to warm up, hang out, or climb if the weather is bad.

Hostel California Bishop

Jack the Dog:

The really adorable dog that roams around the hostel.


Television (with extensive VHS collection), board games, a library with climbing guidebooks and non-climbing books, a ping pong table, a living room full of musical instruments, and multiple hangout areas.

Beer Pong at the Hostel California

Hostel California Bishop


Hostel California Bishop reviews and testimonials:

This is the best hostel I have been to in the US. Matt has created an abode friendly to climbers, hikers, budget travelers and everyone in between. It is clean and spacious and feels like a community where you are instantly welcomed and accommodated.

– Adam C. from Yelp!

Super friendly new hostel in Bishop! A must stop for PCT and JMT thru-hikers as well as rock climbers visiting the area.

– Alan U. from Yelp!

Matt is really friendly and the whole hostel felt like a neat community of climbers and outdoor enthusiasts.

– Lauren F. from Yelp!

Many professional climbers also stay at the hostel while in Bishop. Here’s D-Woods loving on the Hostel:

Hostel California Bishop



Now to you

We hope you’ll check out The Hostel California on your next trip to Bishop … and if you do, don’t forget to mention Moja Gear for a special discount. For more details about the Hostel California, visit their website and check out their Facebook.

Have you stayed at THC before? Tell us about your experience in the comments section below.

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