Tejon Pass

A steep paved road to Tejon Pass in CA

Tejon Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 1.268m (4,160ft) above the sea level, located in Kern County, in the U.S. state of California.

Is the road to Tejon Pass in California paved?

The pass links Central Valley and Southern California. The road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called Interstate 5 and has steep sections. The pass is the highway's highest point in the state. It’s often called the Grapevine. However, the Grapevine more correctly references the steep 5 1/2 mile grade section at the northern end of this pass. On this section, the grade is 6% for 5 miles. The pass has a gradual rise from its southern approach but a precipitous descent through Grapevine Canyon toward the San Joaquin Valley on the north.

How long is Tejon Pass?

The pass road is 122km (76.3 miles) long, running north-south from Bakersfield (in Kern County) towards Santa Clarita (in northwestern Los Angeles County).

Is the road to Tejon Pass in California open?

The weather on this zone is harsh and highly unpredictable and it does not take much time for the bright sun shine to change over to moderate to heavy snow fall. The pass is sunny in the summer, spring, and fall, but is subject to severe weather and closure to traffic in the winter. The road is dangerous because of the icy conditions combined with the steep grade of the pass, and the high traffic during the winter holidays.

 

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