Pets allowed
Allowed with Restrictions
Guided tours
No
Backcountry camping
Yes
Lodging
No
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Owens Peak Wilderness is a 74,060 acre protected area at the southern end of the Sierra Nevada. As a result of the convergence of three ecosystems, the Sierra Nevada, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert, the area has a unique biodiversity. The area is home to several types of animals including mule deer, black bears, mountain lions, Golden Eagle, and more.

Owens Peak (8,400’) , the namesake of the wilderness, is the highest point in the southern Sierra Nevada. 

The area is accessible via several hiking trails, including the Pacific Crest Trail. Recreational activities for the Owens Peak Wilderness includes running, hiking, backpacking, and horseback riding.

COMMON VEGETATION
Creosote bush, yucca, cacti, cottonwood and oak trees, juniper-pinyon woodlands, sagebrush, grey pine.

PERMITS AND CAMPING
No permit is required for overnight camping in the Owen’s Peak Wilderness. 

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Bureau of Land Management: https://www.blm.gov/visit/owens-peak-wilderness-short-canyon

 

Logistics + Planning

Preferable season(s)

Spring
Fall

Congestion

Moderate

Parking Pass

None

Open Year-round

Yes

Pros

Hiking. Biodiversity. Rugged landscape.

Cons

Can get hot and dry.

Features

Backcountry camping
Wildlife
Wildflowers
Bird watching

Location

Nearby Lodging + Camping

Eastern Sierra + White Mountains Area, California

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