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Bakersfield, California - Scenic Drives

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If after hours of interstate driving through the dusty, dry valley of south-central California a road less traveled sounds like just the ticket, consider a detour out to see untrammeled wilderness on the Chimney Peak Back Country Byway. Keep in mind that backcountry routes may unsuitable for all but high clearance vehicles and that this byway in particular is subject to road closures.

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  • Allow 1-2 hours to drive the byway, depending on weather.
  • 39 miles (62 km)

Chimney Peak Back Country Byway is a rugged route that traverses some of California's best desert landscapes. Passing along over 50,000 acres of designated wilderness, this road-less-traveled offers a close glimpse of untrammeled territory as the Sierra Nevada range gives way to the Mojave Desert e...

From I-215 through Lakeview to US-74.

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