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Westgard Pass

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Aug 31, 2008

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June 23, 2009
Great ride! There is a nice rock hunting spot in…
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January 2, 2009
I rode this route in late April 2008. What an…
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Written Directions

Start south of Tonopah Nevada where US 95 meets NV route 266. Head west on 266 for 39 miles and you will find the intersection of CA route 168. Now take a left (go west) on route 168 for about 38 miles till you get to the route's end point of Big Pine, CA.

Scenery

Great views of the White mountains and the Sierras, with continuous vistas of the whole route. You'll pass through the beautiful Westgard Pass and have fantastic views from it's 7,313 feet of elevation. Westgard is the only pass connecting the Owens Valley to Deep Springs Valley.

Drive Enjoyment

The road is well paved, but narrow and very twisty. Not a good road for strictly freeway type riders. many hairpins with steep drop offs. This is definitely one of those roads you take it easy going and hurry back, after you know the road. Overall, 168 is challenging and one of the best Motorcycle roads I have ever been on!

Tourism Opportunities

There are no stores or gas stations. The nearest gas from the Nevada junction of 95 and 266 is another 15 miles, so make sure you have enough range!

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Guest
June 23, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
Great ride! There is a nice rock hunting spot in the valley (check out Nevada rock hunting books for exact location), if you like smokey quartz crytals. Also, you must take a spin up to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. It's about 20 miles off of Highway 168, but it's well worth it! You get a great view of the Eastern Sierras and Bishop, CA. from 10,000 feet.
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Guest
January 2, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I rode this route in late April 2008. What an amazing and desolate area. Passed just a few cars going the other way. No cars passed us going west from I-95. The climbing up to Westgard Pass is a bit of a challenge. Lots of turns and twists. Great ride!
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PoopyMoose
September 18, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Touring
We took this road as a "quicker way home" back to "Lost Wages" as it saves, according to the GPS, a whopping 15 miles from the more common Lone Pins-Death Valley-Pharump route and let me tell you this ... it was the VERY best part of the 4 day weekend ride. Now that is saying something when we had just gone through the PCH and Yosemite!!!

We all had "big boys toys" (Goldwings and Ultra Classics) and found the ride to be fun, definately not a race fr any of us!

Its hard to describe the feeling of narrowness as you pass though the "narrows" ... but it MUST be wider than it looks as ther isn't. A vehicle restrtiction (other a ban ln trailers over 40ft, a wise one at that!)

Fuel in Big Pine, CA and Goldfield or Beatty in NV are no brainers. They are right, there are NO services inbetween those points!

Is this a ride I will do again (during the summer months) Oh, |-|ELL, YES it sure is!!!
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