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The Lost Highway 58 - Bakersfield to San Luis Opisbo + ADD NEW ROUTE


6   in California California90 Miles Miles

By El Patron
on August 1, 2006

4.6out of 5

17 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

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Scenery

Ask the locals in Bakersfield about Hwy 58 to San Luis Obispo and they'll tell you there's no such thing and then direct you to the super-slab Hwy 46. Don't listen. Beginning about a dozen miles west of Bakersfield, Hwy 58 is a roller-coaster all the way to the coast. Giant sweepers with giddying changes in elevation run through pastoral farmland for more than an hour. Then suddenly the road tightens down into twisting loops as you dive into canyon country. Just as suddenly, it all stops and you find you've arrived at San Luis Obispo's back door.

Road Quality

The asphalt is a little coarse but unbroken. Cross streets and even driveways are few and very far between. On the western end where turns get tight, they stay predictable with no decreasing-radius turns, gravel in the corners, or other hazards. Needless to say, traffic is non-existent. If you see two cars west of Simmler, it must be rush hour

Roadside Amenities

It's not that the amenities are bad; it's just that there are none. Gas up in Bakersfield because it's the last you'll see unless you detour into Simmler about half way across the route. In fact, except for the occasional farmhouse, you won't see much of anything. Near the western end, about 30 miles out, there is a campground in Calf Canyon. But it's so remote you may be the only one there. (Not for the faint of heart.)

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Guest
on May 18, 2008 2 out of 4 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Just made this run a few weeks back and it was outstanding. Pastures were very green with lots of wild flowers. We rode from Ventura and added Route 33 to the route home.
The only bummer was we ran across HUNDREDS of spandex bikers cluttering the first part of the 58. I have ridden this road before and did not have to put up with them. It was a nice neighborhood until their type moved in ;). It was worth tolerating them in any case.

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By Guest
on May 27, 2010 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I just rode this route three days ago, though I rode it from West to East, ending in Bakersfield. Nice road surfaces, coarse but well kept. I LOVE riding the twisties, though I am not one who has to constantly push for a "personal best". I went out to enjoy the ride on the recommendation of a friend and was treated to a really nice afternoon of cruising in the countryside. Enjoy!!

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By White Wolf
on May 7, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Ducati Diavel

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Love this road! I live in Southern California and do a bunch of 2 day rides up into San Luis Obispo every year. This road is a "must do" on those rides. It gets included either coming or going. The original review is nails it, so there's not much to add. I will say I see an average of 3-5 cars for the entire trip, and maybe see a LEO one out of every 3-4 times I'm on this road. It's a long route, so road conditions vary, but overall I would the road is in very good condition... But the few sections that are bad can be very bad. I have come across a cow or two standing on the highway in the canyons on the Bakersfield side, so be aware of that possibility.

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By belt983
on March 21, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2014

Motorcycle Make Honda CBR650F

Motorcycle Type Sport

I rode this road on my way from SLO to Bakersfield and it's a beautiful ride. The road condition was pretty good except for a few areas. It was pretty empty as well considering it was Saturday afternoon.

Make sure you gas up before you hit the road, the sign says "Next services 86 miles."

Excluding the crazy number of bugs it was an excellent ride. I took 46 on the way back and definitely regretted it.

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By Big Mike
on October 13, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2015

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a Top 10 ride! The mix of twisties, straightaways, and whoop-dee-do's make this a motorcyclists dream. However, this road is NOT for the novice. Some of the turns are very sharp and unbanked giving the rider the invisible push if you aren't paying attention. This route is good for all bikes, big and small! Hope to see you out there! ENJOY!

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By F STOP
on June 13, 2015 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make Honda Goldwing Trike

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Rode CA 58 from Barstow to San Luis Obispo today - temps in the low 90's. Long straight stretches, but then some great curves and vistas. Not for a novice. High drop-offs and tight curves, but a great ride!

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By Guest
on July 17, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 09

Motorcycle Make bmw

Motorcycle Type Enduro

Excellent ride even with 105° heat.

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By Guest
on July 17, 2013 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

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By PoopyMoose
on September 18, 2012 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 1996

Motorcycle Make Honda

Motorcycle Type Touring

Saw this ride while we were planning a 4 day wekend ride from Las Vegas through the PCH and Yosemite and let me tell you, it FAR surpassed our expectations!

We knew the ride from Vegas to Bakersfield would be the "same old, same old" (it was like riding in the Vegas area) but we wanted a change of pace ... and this road delivered in Spades! Lots of twisties (good ones even a loaded Goldwing can do) and scenic views a plenty.

The only downside of the trip (hence the 4 grade) involved road construction about 2/3 of the way from Bakersfield. The wait for the pilot truck wasn't bad (under 10 minutes) but the RUSH of the construction workers at quittin time going back to San luis Obispo (SLO, what a fitting name for a GREAT laid back "small" CA town, BTW!) intent on "killing" just about anything foolish enough to venture onto "their" road (yes, I am including our group in that warning!) ... being passed in a twisty "no passing" zone and run off the road twice really lessend the ride overall.

Save for the inconsiderate nature of "some" locals, it was a GREAT start to a memorable weekend!

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By Guest
on April 22, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Ducati

Motorcycle Type Sport

Answer for DeDe below... 166 is a really nice road with beautiful scenery, but not exciting in the way 58 is. You can go much faster than on the 58 as there are fewer corners and long straights. The back-track to Pismo from Atascadero isnt really all that bad (it can be freeway all the way..maybe 30 minutes if there is traffic in SLO) and you wont regret it.

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By Guest
on February 10, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Planning a ride to So. Cal May 2010, Has anyone ridden 166, Bakersfeild to the Coast - (just a bit south of the 58) ? This looks like a great rode but I didn't want to back track to Pismo. Any suggestions?

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By Guest
on January 30, 2010 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

My girlfriend and I took this road coming from Taft headed to Paso Robles... I hadn't filled up and didn't heed the no gas for 75 Miles sign and later found out they aren't kidding. Nevertheless, I found this rode to be magical bordering on surreal. The twisties are perfect. The hills in July when I road it were golden and seemed perfectly groomed. The vistas from the top of the hills were outstanding. I Highly recommend this ride!

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By Guest
on November 2, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

I rode this route from Santa Margarita toward Mckittrick and back, this is indeed the lost highway I saw maybe 5 cars in 80 miles of riding. Awesome riding in the twisties. A little bit of dirt in one area where the shoulders were leveled after recent rains. Other than that very clean, just be sure to gas up!

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By Guest
on February 10, 2009 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2003

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Touring

I did the 58 / 33 loop afew times, awesome riding!! The only trouble was some cows on the shoulder that got loose. Very beautiful, miss riding in CA!!

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By Guest
on December 21, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2008

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Went thru in late September, found the busle of Bakersfield to have all the vehicle traffic. The further west I rolled, the fewer vehicles I found. I ceased seeing any vehicles after 20 miles or so. cruised near 80, up to the sharp 90 degree turns out in the valley. The view of the valley as I climbed the western side was beautiful. The flat valley with the straight roads melded to the rising, twistys, a rough in places, but no loose stones in most of the corners. A very enjoyable ride.

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By Guest
on October 7, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2004

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

made the loop from santa maria via 33 and 58, very nice country. i have to say it was very desolute on 58, was geeting concerned about gas. by far a very enjoyable ride, not much if any traffic

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By Guest
on March 31, 2008 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

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Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport

The best side detour is Highway 229 just before the start of "13 Corners" before you get to Santa Margarita. The 229 is a great road to take to go out and back, as it's a 1 lane, seldom traveled windy road. It can be a challenge even for experienced riders, as there a few hairy turns often with some sand in them. I wouldn't recommend this road if you have any bike that doesn't have much lean angle. Of course, unless you want some parts of your bike ground down a bit!

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