In far north eastern California, you will find the Warner Mountains and the South Warner Wilderness, which stretches about 18 miles long and 8 miles wide. Elevations vary from 4,760 feet at the east boundary between Owl and Hornback Creeks in Surprise Valley, to 9,892 feet on Eagle Peak, a conspicuous landmark near the center of the area. Gently rolling topography on the western side, is highlighted by mountain meadows and clear streams, forested with mixed pines, firs, and aspen. The eastern side, however, rises abruptly to rugged country dominated by ragged peaks where vegetation is sparse. Wildflowers bloom in abundance. Severe storms have been known to roll in every month of the year. Eight trailheads provide access to about 79 miles of maintained trails suitable for horse or foot traffic. . The Summit Trail, which rambles 22.5 miles north-south, travels through the heart of the Wilderness. Use of these trails is light. Horse users will find outstanding opportunities for quiet travel in majestic surroundings.
Leave No Trace
How to follow the seven standard Leave No Trace principles differs in different parts of the country (desert vs. Rocky Mountains). Click on any of the principles listed below to learn more about how they apply in the South Warner Wilderness.
Digital and paper maps are critical tools for wilderness visitors. Online maps can help you plan and prepare for your visit ahead of time. You can also carry digital maps with you on your GPS unit or other handheld GPS device. Having a paper map with you in the backcountry, as well as solid orienteering skills, however, ensures that you can still route-find in the event that your electronic device fails.
Motorized equipment and equipment used for mechanical transport is generally prohibited in all wilderness areas.
This includes the use of motor vehicles, motorboats, motorized equipment, bicycles, hang gliders, wagons, carts, portage wheels, and the landing of aircraft including helicopters.