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Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping

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  • Sunset over the Buttermilks.- Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping
  • Looking toward Bishop from the top of the Buttermilks.- Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping
  • Starry night over the Buttermilks.- Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping
  • Dispersed campsite in the Buttermilks.- Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping
  • Dirt road leading toward the Eastern Sierra with Basin Mountain on the left.- Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping
  • Forest Road 07S01 junction.- Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping
  • Dispersed campsite in the Buttermilks.- Buttermilk Country Dispersed Camping
Overview + Weather
Pros: 
Free camping. Beautiful views of the Eastern Sierra. Near to world-class bouldering.
Cons: 
No amenities. No water.
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Region:
Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, CA
Congestion: 
High
Preferable Season(s):
Spring, Fall
Day-Use/Parking Pass Required:
Not Required
Tent/Car sites: 
50
Tent/Walk-in sites: 
50
Group sites: 
10
Picnic Tables: 
No
Dogs allowed: 
Yes
Current Local Weather:
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Partly cloudy in the morning.
56°F
38°

Sun

Clear throughout the day.
66°F
39°

Mon

Clear throughout the day.
70°F
44°

Tue

Clear throughout the day.
74°F
46°

Wed

Clear throughout the day.
78°F
48°

Thu

Clear throughout the day.
81°F
49°

Fri

Clear throughout the day.
83°F
51°
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Campground Description

Campground Description

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Whether you are in the area to challenge yourself on Buttermilk Country's world-class bouldering or to enjoy day hikes through the open air of the high desert in the shadow of the Eastern Sierra, dispersed camping is one of the easiest options for accommodation. This unique geologic landscape is made of granitic quartz monzonite boulders that were spread out from past ancient glaciers that once reached down into the Owens River Valley from the Sierra.Though there are no amenities, restrooms, or trash facilities, the free access to abundant open space may be an ideal option for longer stays.

Camping is technically allowed anywhere on the area's public land, but please try to select an already impacted site. When conditions allow, campfires are fine so long as you have a campfire permit; note that the permit is also required to use a stove or a lantern. In order to help keep folks from unnecessarily hiking onto the fragile desert re-vegetation areas, volunteers have lined area trails with rocks. Please do your part and be mindful of staying on the trail, and please take your trash and waste with you. Whether you are here to climb or simply enjoy the desert scenery, Buttermilk Country makes a great place to camp in open land for free.

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