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...[more]
Owens Peak Wilderness Area (Short Canyon)
Ridgecrest Field Office
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.
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