A serene area that sees little traffic, just a short distance south of Buttermilks Main. Named after Dale Bard and his title campsite, Dale's Camp is a perfect destination when the boulders of Buttermilks Main are crowded with vacationers. Many good problems still have grain issues but will clean up with time, and good solid patina is still easy to find on the boulders that surround the centralized Dale's Dome.
If you've toured the main area well and you're looking for something a little different with a more secluded and vegetated feel, it's definitely worth putting a day into exploring Dale's Camp and the surrounding areas. There's a lot of sweet granite out there.
From Buttermilk Road after 3 miles or so, make a left onto a dirt road after a short straight-away and at the start of a right curve, which is also 200 feet past a first road, also on the left (about .4 miles before 'Buttermilks Main'). Follow the road which becomes bumpy and rocky until you reach a creek crossing after about a half mile. Depending on your vehicle and the flow of the creek, back up and park then hike up the road, or cross the creek and continue for another 1/4 mile to the parking area on the right in the pine trees.
Hike up towards the dome where the boulders will begin to appear. Bouldering can be found 360 degrees around the dome.
Another option is to hike over from the 'Checkerboard Area' which is a nice 10-15 minute walk. If you choose this way you can check out numerous other small bouldering areas along the way. Just locate 'Dale's Dome' in the distance and start walking in that direction, following the faint path.
'Dale's Camp' seen from 'Buttermilks Main'. Submitted By: Adam Winters on Apr 15, 2009
Excellent technical face climbing on bullet patina. One of the best of the grade and style in the Milks.Climb small but good edges straight up the black streak to a committing crux near the top....[more]Browse More Classics in CA