Granite Pass

Granite Pass, the highest point of Kelbaker Road

Granite Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.233m (4,045ft) above the sea level, located within the Mojave Desert, in San Bernardino County, California, USA.

Located within the Granite Mountains, in the Mojave National Preserve, the road to the summit is called Kelbaker Road. It’s a two-lane highway totally paved. The drive offers stunning views of some desolate beauty in the heart of the Mojave Desert. The road is 109.43km (68.4 miles) long and runs from I-15 at Baker in the north towards County Route 66, part of the National Trails Highway (Historic Route 66), east of Ludlow, in the south. Due to the nature of the rural highway, summer flooding due to monsoonal thunderstorms can occur along the roadway.

The pass is located about 6 miles north of the exit of Interstate 40. A gravel road east of the pass climbs up to a few communication facilities at an elevation of 1.255m (4117ft) above the sea level. The track is narrow and steep. 4x4 vehicle required. It’s 314.94 m (1,033.26 ft) long. The elevation gain is 22 meters and the average gradient is 7.09%.

 

NOTICE: Due to the spread of COVID-19, many points of interest and roads are closed and travel is not recommended. Please follow all local health authority directives before venturing off, and stay safe.