Owens River Headwaters Wilderness

Glass Creek Meadow

The 14,721-acre Owens River Headwaters Wilderness was designated by Congress on March 31, 2009 to protect the headwaters of the Owens River.

This Wilderness Area includes the region's largest old growth red fir forest, and expansive Glass Creek Meadow. In this region, the crest of the Sierra Nevada is relatively low, allowing moisture from Pacific storms to carry over the mountains. This moisture has created an island of wet meadows and forested ridges on the normally dry east side of the Sierra Nevada.

A Wild and Scenic River Management Plan is being planned for two designated rivers: Cottonwood Creek in the White Mountains and the Owens River Headwaters. Explore more here: Cottonwood Creek and Owens River Headwaters Wild and Scenic Management Plans.

At a Glance

Permit Info:
  • Wilderness permit not required to hike or camp within Owens River Headwaters Wilderness
  • Overnight trips that will continue into Ansel Adams Wilderness require a permit (Fern /Yost Lakes or High Trail).
  • California Campfire Permit required for stove use.
Closest Towns:
  • June Lake, CA (gas, food, lodging)
  • Mammoth Lakes, CA ( full service, hospital)
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General Information

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Map of Owens River Headwaters Wilderness



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