Warner Peak

  • Distance

    11 miles round-trip

  • Best Times To Visit

    June to September

  • Dificulty

    4

  • Closest Town

    Plush, OR

  • Drive Time

    4 hours from Bend, Oregon

Hike Description

Take this hike to enjoy views not just from the summit, but all along the way. Keep your eyes open for wildlife as well.

You can start from the Hot Springs Campground for an 11-mile hike, or take the shorter option and start from Barnhardi Meadow when the 4-by-4 road is open (Aug. 1 – Dec. 1). Walk (or drive) up Barnhardi Road, veer left at first junction and drop into Barnhardi Meadow (if driving, park here). Hike west past the historic cabin and continue up the drainage to DeGarmo Notch or choose a slope on the south side of the drainage to ascend to the ridge–this is the most challenging part of hike. Once on top of the ridge, you will see the radio tower on top of Warner to the south and that is your destination, Warner Peak.

Notes and Advice:

  • There are no trailhead amenities.
  • Visit the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service website for current road conditions.
  • These roads aren’t all visible on the Oregon Road and Recreation Atlas so more detailed maps are required such as the Adel BLM 100k map.
  • It might be wise to get gas in Lakeview or up in Plush, the Adel gas station is closed.

Driving Directions

Plush is located northeast of Lakeview and can be accessed from the north via the gravel Hogback Road off of Highway 395. From the hamlet of Plush, which offers a combination store/cafe/tavern/gas station, head north through town for less than a mile and turn right on road 3-12 (Hart Mountain Road), and continue for 24 miles (the last 10 on a good, but steep gravel road) to get to the refuge headquarters. Follow signs for another 4 miles to get to the Hot Springs Campground.