Upper Buttermilk Road

Total Miles


2,411.12 ft


1 Hours

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Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall

Trail Overview

The trail starts just before the Buttermilk Bouldering Climb Area and Dispersed Camping Area. The first 1.5 miles is dirt, but it gets very rocky quickly. There are a few sections that are heavily rutted due to water run-off. The trail climbs from 5,889 feet up to 7,910 feet. There are stunning views of the White Mountains to the east, the Eastern Sierras to the west, and the Buttermilk boulders. It also crosses through a California State Wildlife area. The rocky sections ease up as you enter a meadow area. There are a few challenging rock gardens near the top section of the trail that are crossable with high-clearance vehicles. The last section leaves the open valley area and goes into a forest section. There are a few water crossings created from streams and snow melt. The last section can be impassable in early spring due to snow and water.

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Upper Buttermilk  Road
Upper Buttermilk  Road
Upper Buttermilk  Road


The middle section of the trail is very rocky. These are small rocks that are very bumpy and require slow travel. There are a few rock gardens near the end of the trail that require high-clearance vehicles. A few water crossings are also encountered near the end of the trail after rain and snowmelt.

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Access Description

Access from the 168 from Bishop.

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