Westgard Pass

Drive across Westgard pass

Westgard Pass is a high mountain pass at an elevation of 2.236m (7,335ft) above the sea level, located in northern Inyo County, in the eastern central part of California, USA.

Located within the Inyo National Forest, the road to the summit is paved. It’s called California State Route 168. The highway is known for its pristine scenery and grand vistas. It has great views of the White mountains and the Sierras, with continuous vistas of the whole route. The pass was named after Anton L. Westgard, the Vice President and Director of Transcontinental Highways.

The road to the summit is closed in winters, usually not opening until mid- or late-April. It’s 60.35km (37.5 miles) long running from Big Pine (in Inyo County) to Oasis (in Mono County). The road is well paved, but narrow and very twisty. Not a good road for strictly freeway type riders. Many hairpins with steep drop offs. This is definitely one of those roads you take it easy going and hurry back, after you know the road.

 

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