Located just 7 miles west of Bishop, CA off Hwy 168, Buttermilk Road got its name from a dairy that produced buttermilk in the 1800s. The area used to be known for its tungsten mines, but is now famous for bouldering. The dirt road is very wide but was one of the worst washboard roads we’ve driven on. There are a few legal spots to disperse camp, but much of the land is owned by the LA Dept of Water and Power and is posted no camping. Doubt we could drive the Lazy Daze slow enough to keep it from falling apart, anyway, but we did see a couple RVs several miles down the road. Of course one was a rental. We always get a kick out of the places we see rental RVs. They must have to sell the used ones for next to nothing!
On a weekday there was hardly anyone around, so we parked near a trail going up to the rocks.
Saw a couple climbers. The rock is so rough and porous and full of foot and handholds that it’s surprisingly easy to climb up
The landscape is dotted with huge boulders and piles of rock.
A beached whale?
Lots of interesting shapes and sizes.
Jim and Debbie got high, but it was a bit too much for me. Got halfway up and decided I may never get back down so I did my own exploring and took some photos.
Jim took this from his highest point.
The big wildlife sighting, other than a jack rabbit.
We could see this dirt road going up to more rocks, so Jim decided he wanted to try and drive up it.
It looked so good from a distance, but was steep and full of huge rocks and ruts. I got out to walk and scope it out ahead, but he decided to try it anyway. Didn’t get too far, though, and finally backed up to a level area and parked. The rocks were even better looking up close.
Once again Jim set his sights on the highest point, but only made it about half way. We had been out there almost three hours, ran out of water, and were getting tired. He decided we must come back another day.
Bouldering is great fun, although our tamer version of it is really more like rock scrambling. And if you just like looking at fantastic scenery, it is definitely worth taking a drive along Buttermilk Road.