Owl Creek Trail

Area Status: Open

Owl Creek Trail takes one along the eastern slopes of the Warner Moutains within the South Warner Wilderness.

From the north, begin at Pepperdine Trailhead on the northern most edge of the South Warner Wilderness.  From the south, access is via the Summit Trail out of Patterson Campground or the South Emerson Trail out of Emerson Campground just south of Eagleville, CA and Surprise Valley.  The Owl Creek trail is rugged with many changes in elevation and is not recommended for horses.

At a Glance

Current Conditions: 6/10/2021: Conditions unknown
Fees: No fee.
Permit Info: Wilderness permits are not required for day hikes or overnight trips into the South Warner Wilderness.
Restrictions: When parking overnight or for extended periods at trailheads always secure all food, packaging and ice chests in the trunk of your vehicle. Do not park in front of gates or partially obstruct a fire road.
Operated By: US Forest Service



Owl Creek Trail is 15.23 miles. Rugged broken topography intersects the trail. Much up and down terrain. Plenty of water. Trail goes from basin to basin. Trail runs down over the east side of the rim, so most views are eastward. Linderman Lake, Owl Creek Basin, Raider Basin and Eagle Basin are points of interest. Access from Emerson, Summit or Squaw Peak Trails.

Fire Information 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.

Horse Riding

The Owl Creek Trail is NOT recommended for horses and pack stock.

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Recreation Activities