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Hart Mountain and Warner Peak, Oregon (8017 ft)

Hart Mountain and Warner Peak from Light Peak
Hart Mountain and Warner Peak from Light Peak
Warner Peak from Barnhardy Road
Warner Peak from Barnhardy Road

Hart Mountain National Antelope Refuge
Friends of Hart Mountain NAR
Summitpost

Route: Hot Springs Trailhead (Barnhardy Road)

From the town of Plush follow signs to the Hart Mountain Refuge past the Refuge Headquarters to the Hot Springs Campground. Continue past the turn to the hot springs (on the right) and past camping on the left and come to a fork. Take the right fork, pass over a bridge, and drive to a gate past the last campsite. Early in the season the gate is closed, so park here. Otherwise if your vehicle has good clearance you can continue driving past the gate (on Barnhardy Road).

At 1.1 miles from the gate bear left at a fork and at 2.0 miles cross a creek near the Barnhardy cabin (may be muddy). We parked our car at 2.8 miles just before crossing another creek. If you continue on the road then climb it to a saddle with a gate and a junction signed for Guano Creek and Skyline Trail, about 3.3 miles from the campground. Park here if you have not yet done so. From here there is a steep draw to the west leading just north of the summit. The next draw to the north of the first is less steep and is the route we took from our car parked at the second creek crossing. I recommend climbing the second (more northerly) draw, then following the ridge to the summit. Return the same way.

Reference

  1. Bond, Barbara I., 75 Scrambles in Oregon: best non-technical ascents, The Mountaineers Books, 2005.

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