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A fun diversion near the parking lot


The Pollen Grains are a collection of boulders that lie on the backside of the Buttermilks Main area, to the north. They see less traffic due to the extra 10 minutes that it takes to drive there, but there are some fantastic lines ranging from moderate (Jedi Mind Tricks at V4) to extreme (Spectre at V13).

The density of the problems is not as great as Buttermilks Main, but if you want an escape from the crowds and find some fresh problems it is worth exploring.

Getting There 

Drive through the main Buttermilk parking lot and continue along the dirt road. Pass over the cattle guard and head North towards the Get Carter Boulder. Once you pass the 'Get Carter' area head right at the fork and travel uphill approximately 1/3 of a mile to the obvious parking area.

From the parking area head South uphill along the trail until you reach a ridge/plateau. You should be able to see the gigantic 'Spectre Boulder' ahead and to the right; uphill from that is the 'Beehive Boulder', and the rest of the area including the 'Honey Boulder' and 'Jedi Mind Tricks' is slightly downhill and to the left.

Driving time is around 5 minutes from the 'Buttermilks Main' parking lot, and the hike is approximately 10 minutes, depending on where your destination is.

The 'Pollen Grains/Lidija Boulders'
The 'Pollen Grains/Lidija Boulders'

20 Total Routes

['4 Stars',10],['3 Stars',7],['2 Stars',2],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

The Classics

Mountain Project's determination of some of the classic, most popular, highest rated routes for Pollen Grains / Lidija Boulders:
Original Line   V0 4     Boulder, 35'   Lidija / Pollen Grain Bould...
Cover Me With Flowers   V2 5+     Boulder   Honey Boulder
Hunting Dog   V2 5+     Boulder, 12'   Lidija / Pollen Grain Bould...
Wanderlust   V2 5+     Boulder   Lidija / Pollen Grain Bould...
Lidija's Mouth   V3 6A     Boulder, 12'   Lidija / Pollen Grain Bould...
Jedi Mind Tricks   V4 6B PG13     Boulder, 25'   Jedi Boulder
Beekeeping for Profit & Pleasure   V4 6B     Boulder, 25'   Beekeeper Boulder
Suspended in Silence   V5+ 6C+ R     Boulder, 40'   Lidija / Pollen Grain Bould...
The Beekeeper   V6 7A R     Boulder, 40'   Beekeeper Boulder
Drone Militia   V6 7A     Boulder, 30'   Lidija / Pollen Grain Bould...
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Lidija Painkiher. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lidija Painkiher.
Photo by Blitzo.
Lidija Boulder. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
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By Adam Winters
From: the Shire
Apr 17, 2009

I think the Pollen Grains have some of the nicest, proudest, and most beautiful boulders in the 'Milks. Lot's of high and scary stuff!

By Tommy Klinefelter
Apr 27, 2009

Original name for this area was The Lidja Boulders. Renamed by visiting guidebook author.

By Fat Dad
From: Los Angeles, CA
Jan 10, 2011

I'm assuming they were named for/by Lidja Painhiker (sp?).

By Blitzo
Mar 10, 2011

That would be Lidija Painkiher.

Lidija Painkiher bouldering at Toulumne Meadows. <br />Photo by Blitzo.
Lidija Painkiher bouldering at Toulumne Meadows.
Photo by Blitzo.