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Owens Peak


Owens Peak is located in Kern County, about 12 miles west-northwest of Inyokern, 159 miles from Los Angeles. It lies within the Owens Peak Wilderness. Owens Peak was added to the HPS Peak List in 1972. It is also on the Sierra Peaks Section Peak List. See the Summit Signature for more history and some background about the name of the peak.

Peak Guides
HPS has one current documented route to the peak. Route 1 is 7 miles round trip with a total of 3200' of gain, and follows the signed Owens Peak Trail (steep, with some boulders and slab walking) to the summit.

Older Peak Guides (routes may no longer be legal or safe, use caution!): 1974, 1992, and Microsoft Word version from 2002.

Owens (right) from Jenkins
Photo by Janet Howell

Maps! Lots of maps!

Current Conditions
  • Weather Forecast from the National Weather Service
  • Gate status: there are no gates. The road in Indian Wells Canyon is dirt and subject to weather-related damage. Information on the status of the road might be available from the Ridgecrest Field Office, Bureau of Land Management.
  • Status of State Route 14 from Caltrans
  • Deer hunting season - "The season in Zone X-10 shall open on the last Saturday in September and extend for 16 consecutive days." For more information, visit the California Fish and Game Commission.
  • Adventure Passes are not currently (2011) required by the Bureau of Land Management.

Trip Reports from our Archives

Emblems earned on Owens Peak
  • 16 October 1983 - Rick Potter, First List Completion #86
  • 15 October 1988 - David Eisenberg, 100 Peaks Emblem #794
  • 15 October 1988 - Charlie Knapke, 200 Peaks Bar #247
  • 15 October 1988 - Bill Hogshead, 200 Peaks climbed (unofficial)
  • 11 November 2005 - Don Cwik, 200 Peaks Bar #422
  • 11 November 2006 - Chris Wu, 200 Peaks Bar #426
  • 1 December 2006 - Wayne Bannister, 200 Peaks Bar #427

Links of Interest

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Desert Peaks

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