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Walker Pass

Walker Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 5,250ft (1.600m) above the sea level, located in the southern Sierra Nevada, in California, USA.

The road over the pass is asphalted. It’s called State Route 178. At 5,250 ft is the highest point on this narrow, twisting two lane road for most its entire length through the Sierras. During the Gold Rush of 1848–1855, Walker’s Pass led hundreds of pioneers into California. This road is usually open all year, but it can be closed sometimes when the access is not cleared of snow. It can also be closed, especially during winter, due to rock falls. Rock slides and falling rocks are a danger, and care should be taken at all times of the year. The pass links the San Joaquin Valley on the west and the Mojave Desert on the east.


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