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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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54 minutes ago

Slow down the fall colors, please!!
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Slow down the fall colors, please!!
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1 day ago

Lovin' the last little bits of fall!
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Lovin the last little bits of fall! 
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A beautiful place to visit

Was just there

Where is this? We are going to be the driving to Bishop tomorrow and I heard my friends say it's mostly green still?

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2 days ago

Is it true that fall colors make everything look magical? LOL
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Is it true that fall colors make everything look magical? LOL
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Fun photo @itsaluckyshot !

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Definitely helps! 😂

Beautiful country

That's our sun ☀️ alter!

That's too funny! 🤣😂

Very funny!! And I do think the colors make everything more magical!!

I love the beautiful place😍😍😍

A little hidden gem!

Leaving tomorrow, have been going to the Bishop area since I was in a crib. It was always out summer vacation growing up, we usually ended up at Big Pine creek to camp, and we would pile in the truck to fish literally everywhere up to an including the East Walker, 10 fish limits our family would give everyone in the campground fish so we could catch more the next day. One of the funniest things I witnessed was my grandfather getting mad that campsites at Big Pine went up 25 cents one year he had a fit. Back then you cleared your own site and had to build your own fire pit, some of the best memories of my life.

Looking beautiful. We go during the summer. Been trying to go up there to witness this Beautiful scenery😍😍

True!

“Magical” is one word........ just like “necessary” is another

Sometimes finding a outhouse can be magical.

Is it too late to see the fall colors? I want to head out Saturday. Please say it’s not too late.

Heck I’d rent that place!

I would poop there 😄

Down & Out (house) in Bishop ......

Shithouse mouse.

Tracy Leigh

Joy Aitchison 🤣

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