Owens Peak

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Owens Peak
Owens Peak CA.JPG
Highest point
Elevation8,452 ft (2,576 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence2,173 ft (662 m) [2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section[3]
Hundred Peaks Section[4]
Coordinates35°44′18″N 117°59′49″W / 35.738260592°N 117.996969425°W / 35.738260592; -117.996969425Coordinates: 35°44′18″N 117°59′49″W / 35.738260592°N 117.996969425°W / 35.738260592; -117.996969425[1]
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Owens Peak
Easiest routeHike, class 2[3]

Owens Peak is the highest point in the southern Sierra Nevada Mountains at more than 8,400 feet. The peak stands near the center of the Owens Peak Wilderness which was designated by United States Congress in 1994, and it now has a total of 74,060 acres (299.7 km2). The eastern watershed of Owens Peak is composed of three main canyons: Grapevine Canyon, Short Canyon, and Indian Wells Canyon (north to south, respectively). The Sierra Nevada meets the Great Basin and the Mojave Desert here, creating an unusual ecosystem.

Owens Peak is located in Kern County, about 12 miles west-northwest of Inyokern, 159 miles from Los Angeles.


Owens Peak is named after Richard Owens (1812–1902), an Ohio born explorer (aka "Owings"), who accompanied John C. Fremont on his third expedition to California (1845–1846). Fremont also named a valley, river and lake for Owens, whom he considered "cool, brave and of good judgment".[5] Owens served as Captain in Fremont's California Battalion during the Mexican–American War, and was California's Secretary of State during Fremont's brief tenure as Governor (1847).[6]

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  1. ^ a b "Owens=8451 B". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Owens Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-08-07. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  4. ^ "Owens Peak". Hundred Peaks Section List. Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  5. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  6. ^ "Summit Signature: Owens Peak". Hundred Peaks Section, Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2014-03-16. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Wide shot of Owens Peak