Tejon Pass

Tejon Pass, a steep paved road

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.

The pass links Central Valley and Southern California. The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called Interstate 5 and has steep sections. 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 the Tejon Pass?

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. The road is 76.3 miles running north-south from Bakersfield towards Santa Clarita.


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.