Tehachapi Pass

Driving the paved road to Tehachapi Pass in California

Tehachapi Pass is a mountain pass at an elevation of 1.241m (4,071ft) above the sea level, located in Kern County, in the U.S. state of California.

Is Tehachapi Pass road paved?

Set high in the Tehachapi Mountains of California, the road to the summit is totally paved. It’s called State Route 58, also known as Blue Star Memorial Highway. The asphalt is a little coarse but unbroken. The road was built in the 1930s. Expect heavy traffic.

How long is Tehachapi Pass?

Tucked away in southern California, the pass is 92.85km (57.7 miles) long running between Mojave, CA on the east and Bakersfield, CA on the west. Near the summit there’s one of California's larger wind farms. The city of Tehachapi sits at the top of the pass. Expect some steep sections and heavy traffic.

Does Tehachapi Pass have snow?

Access to the pass is typically open all year round, but winter weather may cause restrictions and closures due to dangerous weather conditions. Chains are sometimes required near Tehachapi between Bakersfield and Mojave.