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4.29 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.29
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The Lost Highway 58 - Bakersfield to San Luis Opisbo

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By El Patron (2 McR Points) on Aug 01, 2006

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KCRacin
10 McR Points
March 4, 2018
We (4) were at our hotel in Bakersfield looking…
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May 18, 2008
Just made this run a few weeks back and it was…
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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.

Drive Enjoyment

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

Tourism Opportunities

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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The Lost Highway 58 - Bakersfield to San Luis Opisbo
The Lost Highway 58 - Bakersfield to San Luis Opisbo
The Lost Highway 58 - Bakersfield to San Luis Opisbo
The Lost Highway 58 - Bakersfield to San Luis Opisbo
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KCRacin
March 4, 2018
10 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
We (4) were at our hotel in Bakersfield looking for a route west to the coast. We came across the lost highway by a recomendation. So we headed out the next morning and were not,disappointed. So,true about the no amenities unless dirt and asphalt is an amenity. Loved it. Not a stinking car or another vehicle either direction the entire trip.,then we came out of the hills,to,see the solar array on the north side and stopped took in tne valley we discovered. We very well may have missed this. Well worth the miles. What a blast we had.
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Guest
May 18, 2008
0 McR Points
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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May 27, 2010
0 McR Points
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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