Buttermilk Country

Bishop, California 93514

Buttermilk Country

Buttermilk Country Professional Guide

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"Tour scenic foothills below towering Sierra Nevada Mountains. Take side trips to wilderness hiking trails. Explore optional network of rougher roads around Longley Meadow. Many ATV and dirt bike trails. Variety of dirt roads ranging from smooth gravel to narrow, rocky two-tracks. Challenging, optional side trips on network of marked forest roads. Suitable for stock, 4WD, high-clearance SUVs."

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California Desert Byways (Wilderness Press)
Tony Huegel
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"This drive takes you to the very foot of the eastern Sierra’s soaring escarpment, one of the West’s most dramatic sights. Particularly appealing, I think, is the contrast of the mountains’ snowy, glaciated ramparts with the high sagebrush desert below, in this lofty divide’s rain shadow. The views extend from peaks more than 13,000 feet high, east across 10,000-foot-deep Owens Valley to the White Mountains, highest in the Great Basin. The Buttermilks, a roadside cluster of massive granite boulders, are renowned in the sport of bouldering."

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This trail was actually pretty fun, although extremely easy. We went in mid-December. It had snowed the week before and there was some snow still left on the ground. The area was pretty secluded when we went and there are many streams crossing the trail. There are great vistas of the Sierras in one direction and Owen's Valley in the other. I enjoyed this little excursion.

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Trail Type
ATVs and dirt bikes
Allow about 3 hours
Inyo National Forest
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