Warner Mountain Ranger District

Area Status: Open

The Warner Mountain Ranger District has breathtaking scenery and ample opportunities for hiking, backpacking, horseback riding, hunting and fishing. It offers snowcapped peaks, wilderness mountain meadows, sparkling streams, trout fishing amid scenic grandeur, a profusion of colorful flowers and shrubs, and countless birds and small animals.

At a Glance

Operational Hours: 12-4 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays
Operated By: US Forest Service

General Information

Directions: The Warner Mountain District Office is located at 385 Wallace Street in Cedarville.


Mountain Biking

Areas for Mountain Biking at Warner Mountain Ranger District

Campground Camping

Areas for Campground Camping at Warner Mountain Ranger District

RV Camping

Areas for RV Camping at Warner Mountain Ranger District

Dispersed Camping

Camping on the Modoc is not limited to developed campgrounds. Most of the forest is open to those who prefer the quiet and solitude of a completely undeveloped setting. This type of camping is called Dispersed Camping. Please choose a camping spot where you will leave a minimal impact.

• Always plan ahead for accumulation and storage of your garbage and take it with you when you leave. Never burn or bury garbage in the forest.
• Likewise, it is your responsibility to manage human waste. There are many commercial products on the market to deal with human waste. If you must bury it, be sure to dig a hole at least 6 inches or more down into soil and stay at least 100 feet away from any river, lake, stream, spring or trail. Never bury toilet paper or sanitary products. Animals will dig it up and scatter it around the area.
• Never damage trees or vegetation to create a campsite. Do not dig trenches or build tent platforms.
• A current California Campfire Permit is required to use a camp stove, barbecue or have a campfire outside of developed areas. Local fire restrictions supersede the campfire permit. Inquire at the Ranger Station before having a fire.
• You may disperse camp in any one location for 14 days and you may stay a total of 30 days per year on the forest. When you go home, leave the forest the way you found it or better for the enjoyment of the next visitor.  For additional information on dispersed camping please see Dispersed Camping Ethics in our Learning Center.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Areas for Lake and Pond Fishing at Warner Mountain Ranger District

River and Stream Fishing

Areas for River and Stream Fishing at Warner Mountain Ranger District

Viewing Wildlife

The Warner Mountain Ranger District has an extensive system of roads and trails for outdoor enthusiasts to "get away from it all" and view wildlife. Take any of the access roads on the west side and climb gently up from the sagebrush desert into pine and fir forests which are home to hundreds of species of reptiles, mammals, birds and amphibians. Hike the trails and follow the streams and please remember you are a visitor in their home. For tips on watching wildlife click here.

Species Bears have been sighted in the Warner Mountains and in the South Warner Wilderness along with mule deer, beaver, wolverines, coyotes and a large assortment of owls and raptors. Small animals like squirrels, racoons, mice and crows will invade a dirty campsite. Keep all food secured and do not feed or approach any animals. Rattlesnakes inhabit this area. Move away if you hear the distinctive buzzing sound of a snake's "rattle".
Special Feature Click here for tips and information to make your wildlife watching more productive.

Areas for Viewing Wildlife at Warner Mountain Ranger District

Viewing Plants

Viewing Scenery

Interpretive Areas


Areas for Rockhounding at Warner Mountain Ranger District

Scenic Driving

Areas for Scenic Driving at Warner Mountain Ranger District

Boating - Motorized

Areas for Boating - Motorized at Warner Mountain Ranger District

Boating - Non-Motorized

Areas for Boating - Non-Motorized at Warner Mountain Ranger District


Areas for Skiing/Snowboarding at Warner Mountain Ranger District

XC Skiing/Snowshoeing

Areas for XC Skiing/Snowshoeing at Warner Mountain Ranger District

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities