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Cajon Pass, a mythical Californian road

Cajon Pass road in California, USA.
Cajon Pass in Winter

Cajon Pass is a mountain pass asphalted road. It is located in California.

Where is Cajon Pass road?

This is a mountain pass that rises at 1151 meters (3777 ft) above sea level. in fact, it appeared after the movement of the San Andreas Fault.

The Pass is located between the San Gabriel Mountains and the San Bernardino Mountains.

It’s actually a former passage of the road 66.


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Some history and facts about the road.

History:

The word cajΓ³n means box in Spanish. This name was inherited by the name of the Spanish land grant that owned once these lands.

Cajon Pass was first mentioned on a map in 1852.

The native Americans already used this passage to cross the mountains. Then, the Spanish settlers started using the passage more actively.

Facts:

The mythic road 66 crossed the pass once. Today this particular part of the road is not-practicable between Victorville and the San Bernardino slope. You can still catch sight of some of the old parcels of this road.

Some parts of the interstate number 15 were also built on the old paved route 66 sections. Today, the Interstate 15 connects Los Angeles to Las Vegas in Nevada.

You can also see a railway which is part of the Union Pacific Railroad and the BNSF Railway. These companies built that part of the railway in 1880.

Before 2016 you could take a break at the famous Summit Inn, located on the Cajon Summit a famous roadside dinner on road 66, particularly appreciated by bikers. Unfortunately, the forest fires of 2016 destroy the restaurant. The owners are planning to rebuild it identical to the old building.

How to get to Cajon Pass?

To drive through Cajon Pass, you have two possibilities:

  • From Crestline, take the road 138 in Cajon Junction direction.
  • From Interstate 15 (I-15), take the exit Cajon Junction then, drive the road 138 in Crestline direction.

You should be aware that all the area is generally called Cajon Pass including the 15th highway, Cajon Summit, and Cajon junction which are no so scenic as the road 138.

A video the journey:

If you want to have a preview of the ride, check that Youtube video as it shows you part of the road:

Is Cajon Pass open?

The road doesn’t close. However, be aware that in winter some snowstorms can happen and the road could be temporarily closed.

You should remember that in winter, weather conditions can be hard and you should take attention while you drive.

You can see if the pass is open here: link.

Picture credit: bethi.rahul (instagram)


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