- 39 miles (62 km)
- Allow 1-2 hours to drive the byway, depending on weather.
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 ecosystem.
As the native habitat of mammals like the mule deer, mountain lion, black bear, bobcat, and an assortment of smaller desert dwellers, the predominately pinyon-juniper woodland has plenty to offer the wildlife watcher. Witness the rolling topography and views that seem to stretch forever as you cruise these public lands, also known for the mountain biking, horseback riding, camping, and a variety of other outdoor activities on offer.
Points of Interest Along The Way
Bakersfield BLM Field Office (CA)
Here you'll find the most up-to-date source of information about the land managed by the Bakersfield Field Office. Get maps of the area, learn about conditions, and discuss recreation opportunities with knowledgeable staff.