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Intro

Buttermilk Country is a well-known, world-class bouldering destination. The massive boulders provide some of the most accessible and diverse bouldering in the country with routes that offer everything from fun scrambling to highly technical ‘problems’ that challenge even the world’s best climbers.

It also offers so much more! The area covers 325 acres of high desert meadow and is allocated for ‘dispersed recreation’ year round. Numerous dirt tracks and single-track trails connect for miles of hiking, trail-running, mountain biking and dirt biking in and around the hills. Plus this network of dirt roads from the early years of mining and ranching here provide wonderful OHV driving opportunities.

What Makes It Great

It’s a year-round destination and there is something for everyone here. The mountain peaks tower above the desert floor and a canopy of bright stars sparkles in the night sky like a never-ending display of brilliant fireworks. Interspersed with private and non-public utility lands, the Buttermilks basin is a huge tract allowing for a great variety of recreational activities with camping allowed on the public lands.

Who Is Going to Love It

Outdoor enthusiasts of all sorts will revel in all that the Buttermilk Country has to offer. Bring all your gear – mountain bike or dirt bike, binoculars and bird book, climbing shoes and crash pad, a camper van or tent. Exercise your body, explore the sights, and experience the beauty of Buttermilk Country.

Best Season

Recreation can happen year-round, but best sending temps are in the winter, camping is most pleasant in the spring and fall, summer days are hot and winter nights can be chilly.

Directions. Parking. Regulations.

Head west on Highway 168 (W. Line St.) for 13 miles to the junction of Buttermilk Rd and turn right. The road turns to gravel just beyond the cattle guard and 12 miles further you will find yourself in the heart of Buttermilk County. All along Buttermilk Rd, up to and beyond the bouldering area, numerous roads and tracks lead off into the hills and to clearings where parking and camping exist alongside the creeks, boulders and ridges of this diverse landscape. Always park or camp on existing clearings. Please don’t crush the brush. Remember to stop in first at the local USFS Ranger Station for a map and campfire permit, for when conditions allow, and make sure to camp only on Inyo National Forest Land.

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2 days ago

Launching into the weekend.... Happy Friday!!!
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Launching into the weekend.... Happy Friday!!!
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3 days ago

How amazing are the sunsets here? Check out this time-lapse video from a really stunning evening last week.
Thanks @leviaguilera_photography for capturing it and sharing!
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Looks great but gas is $6.00 gallon down there

Amazing!

Beautiful view

Beautiful!

Gorgeous view! 💓❤😃

Lovely 💕

If that slice of California were annexed to Nevada, I’d be back in a heartbeat.

I miss those sunsets

Jan Schray

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4 days ago

Sometimes a little dirt is good for the soul 😊
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Sometimes a little dirt is good for the soul 😊
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Wow. The snow looks like it's melting already.

Wish I had a dollar for every time I’ve been up or down that road! Looks like The dirt section of Warm Springs Road.

Beautiful view

Beautiful

I like the movie flats place down by Lone Pine!

Beautiful

On my bucket list

Will always be home for me. Thanks for the awesome pic.

Love this dirt!

I wanna go fishing

Breathtaking👍💝😀

What road is that?

I love this view! 😀😃☺

Dirt therapy... good for the soul.

I miss Bishop!!

Be there in 2 weeks!

Miss that so much

Always 💚

Everytime we go we find one

👍👍👍

Buttermilk road

HOME 😎

Amen!

Richard Szoltysik

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5 days ago

Not a bad view!!!
Thanks for sharing, @jamieclimber!!
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Not a bad view!!!
Thanks for sharing, @jamieclimber!!
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Superb view!

Love the hot springs outside of bishop

Good view except for the feet

Awesome picture

I cannot describe how much I love this picture.

Amazing

Wow

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6 days ago

Good morning from Bishop!
Thank you, @binggram101 for the photo!
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Good morning from Bishop!
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Looks like a superb morning!

Nice but hopefully more snow!

I grew up in Tehachapi camped and fished there and Mammoth Lakes Beautiful country.

Beautiful. I wish I was there.

Beautiful country

Amazing! Can't wait to visit!

My favorite view

Beautiful picture

Loved fishing this river!

Absolutely stunning lighting and composition

Beautiful

Wonderful.

Beautiful!

Awesome

Beautiful.

Looks like Owens River fished there. BEAUTIFUL

Very pretty

Now, that is a real pretty picture. Great way to start the week. Thanks.

Absolutely DIVINE place. Wish I could buy a home there. oac

Wow! We see so much of Yosemite here in Fresno that we often forget that there are other awesome mountains elsewhere in California! I’m going to Bishop in March no matter what! A beautiful place! 👍

My Dad loved to fish out there. We always had to go with him and did not appreciate being out in the middle of no where as young kids. Now I understand the beauty and serenity he found there.

Love the Lower Owens, Great wild brown trout water in the winter!! Also illuminated sunsets that will make you stop and take a moment.

Nice

Very beautiful picture

Beautiful

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