Explore History and the Forest


Driving Distance: 147 Miles

  •  Just to the south along I-5 are the mountain communities of Lebec and Frazier Park.
  •  A stop at the Ridge Route Communities Museum is a great way to help you catch up on the region’s story. (3515 Park Drive, Frazier Park; 661-245-7747)
  • From here take the half-hour drive up 8,831-foot Mount Pinos.
  • Farther west along Mil Potrero Highway, you’ll find the private community of Pine Mountain Club.  (19 miles)
  • Cerro Norroeste Road dead ends at State Route 33, but this isn’t the end of your trip.  A jog to the  left takes you to Soda Lake Road and the Carrizo Plain National Monument, where a visitor center (open December-May; 805-475-2131). Turn right and you drop back toward the Central Valley.  (34 miles)
  •  Heading back toward Bakersfield on State Route 119, bear left on Tupman Road en route to the Tule Elk State Reserve (8653 Station Road, Buttonwillow; 661-764-6881). The park is open Friday-Sunday from 9am to sunset. (17 miles)
  •  From here it’s a short trip north on Morris Road to Stockdale Highway, then east back to the starting point at Bakersfield.


Image and Driving Tour Source: Kern County Board of Trade; VisitKern.com.