Owens Peak Wilderness Area (Short Canyon)

Description:

The majority of this wilderness is composed of the rugged eastern faces of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. Owens Peak, the high point of the southern Sierra Nevadas, rises to more than 8,400 feet. The mountainous terrain has deep, winding, open and expansive canyons, many of which contain springs with extensive riparian vegetation. Vegetation varies considerably within the site, with a creosote desert scrub community on the bajadas, scattered yuccas, cacti, annuals, cottonwood, and oak trees in the canyons and valleys, and a juniper-piƱon woodland with sagebrush and digger/grey pine on the upper elevations. Wildlife includes mule deer, golden eagle, and prairie falcon.

Directions:

The Owens Peak Wilderness is located in Kern, Tulare and Inyo Counties, approximately 15.0 miles northwest of Ridgecrest, California. Access from the south via Canebrake Road (part of the Chimney Peak Back Country Byway), off SR 178. Also from the east via US 395 north of Inyokern, along 4-wheel drive recommended routes into Indian Wells Canyon, Short Canyon, Sand Canyon, and No Name Canyon. From the north access is via US 395 north of Inyokern along Ninemile Canyon Road.

Phone:

760-384-5400

Email:

mdickes@blm.gov

Address:

Ridgecrest Field Office 300 South Richmond Road Ridgecrest, CA 93555

Activities:

Camping Hiking Horseback Riding Hunting

Organization:

BLM - Bureau of Land Management

$129.95
Peruse farmer's markets, pedal push your way to the corner coffee shop, and enjoy a day of pure, unadulterated comfort...
Price subject to change | Available through Backcountry.com
Currently Viewing Owens Peak Wilderness Area (Short Canyon)
Featured Park
Rising above a scene rich with extraordinary wildlife, pristine lakes, and alpine terrain, the Teton Range stands monument to the people who fought to protect it. These are mountains of the imagination. Mountains that led to the creation of Grand Teton National Park where you can explore over two hundred miles of trails, float the Snake River or enjoy the serenity of this remarkable place.
Featured Wildlife
The pika is a close relative of the rabbits and hares, with two upper incisors on each side of the jaw, one behind the other. Being rock-gray in color, pikas are seldom seen until their shrill, metallic call reveals their presence.
Currently Viewing Owens Peak Wilderness Area (Short Canyon)