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Checkerboard Area Rock Climbing 

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Elevation: 6,500'
Location: 37.3266, -118.57968 View Map  Incorrect?
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Submitted By: Ben Snyder on Mar 26, 2008

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A handful of boulders scattered on the slope opposite the Buttermilks Main Area, across the road to the south. Home to the infamous 'Checkerboard', widely agreed to be one of the best in the Buttermilks.

Getting There 

Drive up Buttermilk Road as per usual. When you arrive at the fence / cattle guard just before the right turn to the main parking area, take a left and follow the road parallel to the fence. This road is quite rocky, so take care if you do not have a capable vehicle (i.e. a honda civic will make it, but barely.) A better option might be to park at the head of this turnoff - you will only have to walk a minute or two more. Park at or walk to the oval at the end of the road, hike down the slope and cross the creek, heading uphill on the path towards the cluster of boulders. The 'Checkerboard Boulder' is the large boulder with the slightly overhanging right (northwest) face.

Climbing Season

For the Buttermilk Country area.

Weather station 5.3 miles from here

11 Total Climbing Routes

['4 Stars',1],['3 Stars',3],['2 Stars',6],['1 Star',1],['Bomb',0]

Classic Climbing Routes in Checkerboard Area

Mountain Project's determination of the classic, most popular, highest rated climbing routes for Checkerboard Area:
Checkerboard   V7-8 7B     Boulder, 20'   The Checkerboard Boulder
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Featured Route For Checkerboard Area
Rock Climbing Photo: Sending 'The Checkerboard'  Ph. Elizabeth Grant

Checkerboard V7-8 7B  California : Sierra Eastside : ... : The Checkerboard Boulder
Start at a prominant incut flake (not the jug rail just to the right) a bit left of center on the tall, slightly overhanging NW face of the 'Checkerboard Boulder'. Climb up and right to an exciting last move high off the deck. An excellent problem!...[more]   Browse More Classics in California

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By Damon Vaughan
Mar 15, 2016
If you were climbing at Checkerboard on Sunday, 3/13, and lost your Nikon camera, we have it! It was left at the boulder, so we grabbed it thinking we'd run into you later. It's a pretty nice one, too! Please get in touch and we'll find a way to get it to you. Damon, 970-371-7663.

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