The Lost Highway 58 - Bakersfield to San Luis Opisbo

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 13 visitors


State: California
Date Submitted: August 1, 2006
Submitted by: El Patron
Motorcycle Road Length: 90 Miles Miles

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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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Reviewed by Guest on May 18, 2008
(1 out of 3 members found this review useful.)
Creator: RamblinRoads
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on July 17, 2013
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Creator: mrrtman
motorcycle_year: 09
motorcycle_make: bmw
motorcycle_type: Enduro
Comment: Excellent ride even with 105 heat.
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Reviewed by Guest on July 17, 2013
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Creator: mrrtms
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Reviewed by PoopyMoose on September 18, 2012
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Creator: PoopyMoose
motorcycle_year: 1996
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on May 27, 2010
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Creator: PapaYams
motorcycle_year: 2000
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on April 22, 2010
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Creator: Robs
motorcycle_year: 2006
motorcycle_make: Ducati
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on February 10, 2010
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Creator: DeDe
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on January 29, 2010
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Creator: NoHairScott
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on November 2, 2009
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Creator: LivinSurfSide
motorcycle_year: 2007
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on February 10, 2009
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Creator: David C
motorcycle_year: 2003
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on December 21, 2008
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Creator: blackbart
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on October 7, 2008
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Creator: doyle
motorcycle_year: 2004
motorcycle_make: Harley-Davidson
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: 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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Reviewed by Guest on March 30, 2008
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Creator: Amir
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: Suzuki
motorcycle_type: Sport
Comment: 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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