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The Buttermilks

Climbing Area
Bouldering in the Buttermilks is most commonly a group rock assault, a pairs and teams encourage climbers. – Julie Faber

Virtually any difficulty and bouldering problem can be found in the Buttermilks, from quick scrambles to world famous routes that have taken the best climbers in the world to figure out.

One of the most diverse, renowned and accessible bouldering areas in the county, the Buttermilks is a sprawling climbing area located about 8 miles west of Bishop on the flanks of the Sierra Nevada. There are enough boulders and routes for climbers of all abilities and ambitions, from pros to those just starting out.

Best Access and Parking Areas

Turn of State Route 168 about 7 miles west of Bishop onto Buttermilk Road. There is parking available along the roadside. Department of Water and Power land is closed to camping. Inquire at the White Mountain Ranger Station for camping information and a map.

Best Seasons for Climbing

This is pretty good duty all year round. Not too hot in summer, not extremely cold in winter, but winter is definitely the hardest on chilled fingers and toes. Late spring and early summer deliver not just bouldering, but wildflowers and birdsong.

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