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Old 09-21-2016, 04:17 PM   #1
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CA RT58, Bakersfield to Barstow, or I5 the Grapevine?

Late next month we're heading down to Joshua Tree NP and I'm looking at the route from SF.

I'm familiar with I5, the Grapevine and that would be my route in the car but pulling the AS it looks likes it''s about the same travel time going across CA RT58 to Barstow and from what I can figure from Google Maps that route has about 800' lower maximum altitude.

If you're familiar with CA RT58, I'd appreciate your thoughts.

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Old 09-21-2016, 05:45 PM   #2
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Absolutely take the 58. A really pleasant drive and Tehachapi is a great place to stop. Decent restaurants and easy availability for fuel. The trip will be about half mountain and half desert terrain. Done it many times and look forward to it again
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Old 09-21-2016, 06:36 PM   #3
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Yes 58 I pull my trailer from PHX I-10 to ,Blythe 95 to Needles I-40 to Barstow,58 to Bakersfield ,99 Merced. Some times road construction will hold you up might check and see if that is still going on
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Old 09-21-2016, 07:31 PM   #4
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Late next month we're heading down to Joshua Tree NP and I'm looking at the route from SF.

I'm familiar with I5, the Grapevine and that would be my route in the car but pulling the AS it looks likes it''s about the same travel time going across CA RT58 to Barstow and from what I can figure from Google Maps that route has about 800' lower maximum altitude.

If you're familiar with CA RT58, I'd appreciate your thoughts.

Thanks
If you are coming down I-5 turn off on Hwy 46 East through Wasco to 99, then south on Hwy 99 to hwy 58 East in Bakersfield. Hwy 58 from I-5 to Bakersfield has lots of traffic and stop lights. Take Hwy 58 East(4 lanes most of the way to Barstow) over Tehachapi Pass to Hwy 247 South in Barstow. Hwy 247 goes through Lucerne Valley and ends in Yucca Valley at Hwy 62. It is a nice road but remote so limited services. I tow this way all the time and it is a relaxing scenic desert drive. I hate driving through LA.
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:34 AM   #5
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Tehachipi Loop

I would concur with the others recommending route 58, especially if your a train buff. The famous Tehachipi Loop, a mile or so south of town, is a great place to watch trains actually loop over themselves as they climb out of the Central Valley up to the high desert: https://www.google.com/maps/place/Te...4d-118.5385108.
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:50 AM   #6
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PS The Tehachipi Loop is actually northwest of town (I previously said it was south) along route 58. Tough being an RVer, and being directionally challenged!
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Old 09-22-2016, 11:57 AM   #7
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CA Rt 58

Just pulled my trailer back from CA to AZ, Rt58 was great. Looks like it will all be 4 lane fairly soon.
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Old 09-22-2016, 12:43 PM   #8
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Take 58 Stop off in Boron for the best Mexican food. Type Domingo's Boron in your browser. Street is super wide and you can park across the street and then go straight on to HWY 58 with no turn around. The space shuttle crews ate there when they landed at Edwards. Now I know the place doesn't look like much when you see it but then nether does Boron. Neat little museum there with space shuttle, rocket test site and Borax stuff. As mentioned the T. Loop is worth a side trip if you like trains. I just don't know about a turn around down there.
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:20 PM   #9
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Tehachapi campground, and restaurant/gift shop (with fudge!):

http://www.airforums.com/forums/f382...ml#post1392262
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Old 09-22-2016, 01:24 PM   #10
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CA RT58, Bakersfield to Barstow, or I5 the Grapevine?

Also Mojave Regional Park in Victorville. We can see it from our home in that area. If you head there, there is an AS with old red numbers '1433' parked next to our neighbors house. Visible from Ridgecrest Road on the righthand side before you get to the park. It's an ok place, but close to heavy freight rail traffic. We got used to the noise.

One day I will get the ladder out and clean off the old numbers...along with the other piles of upgrades I'm working on. 😀


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Old 09-22-2016, 01:59 PM   #11
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Another vote for Route #58. It has been my go to route when heading for Barstow.
It still has some sections of two lane desert hwy but not bad.
Another vote for Domingos in Boron also. Domingos is also in Tehachapi although I don't believe there is anyplace to park towing your Airstream.
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Old 05-15-2021, 09:40 AM   #12
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Wondering where to overnight along the way

Hi there SagaCapt. I realize this trip was many moons ago for you. We're new to Airstreams and are planning the same Bay Area to Joshua Tree trip this October. We're leaving from Santa Cruz and also plan to travel 58 down through Barstow. My question for you is where you overnighted along the way. Santa Cruz to Joshua Tree would be a death march done in one day, so we're looking for a one-night stay somewhere along the way. Bakersfield is roughly half-way. Better to push south to Tehachapi? Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!



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Late next month we're heading down to Joshua Tree NP and I'm looking at the route from SF.

I'm familiar with I5, the Grapevine and that would be my route in the car but pulling the AS it looks likes it''s about the same travel time going across CA RT58 to Barstow and from what I can figure from Google Maps that route has about 800' lower maximum altitude.

If you're familiar with CA RT58, I'd appreciate your thoughts.

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Old 05-15-2021, 12:08 PM   #13
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Hi there SagaCapt. I realize this trip was many moons ago for you. We're new to Airstreams and are planning the same Bay Area to Joshua Tree trip this October. We're leaving from Santa Cruz and also plan to travel 58 down through Barstow. My question for you is where you overnighted along the way. Santa Cruz to Joshua Tree would be a death march done in one day, so we're looking for a one-night stay somewhere along the way. Bakersfield is roughly half-way. Better to push south to Tehachapi? Would appreciate your thoughts. Thanks!
If you are looking for a place to stay near Bakersfield, I would recommend Orange Grove RV Park. We've stopped in Bakersfield twice on our way to Barstow, (I don't remember the first place we stayed and wouldn't recommend it anyway), but Orange Grove was later recommend to us by people we met. A very nice, clean, well run campground and as implied by the name, is filled with orange trees used to separate the pull through sites. In season, you are invited to pick the oranges and we were even offered a bag to do so.

The park is located just east of Bakersfield off Hwy 58.
https://www.campendium.com/orange-grove-rv-park
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Old 05-15-2021, 04:04 PM   #14
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Another thumbs up here for Orange Grove RV park. Reserve your site online.

Also, free doughnuts every morning at 8:00 am. Don't wait or they're all gone by 8:15.
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Old 05-15-2021, 06:28 PM   #15
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There is a nice basic campground at the Airport in Tehatchapi. W/E and a dump station. Self service check-in. Pat
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Old 05-16-2021, 08:33 AM   #16
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We stop at the Lost Hills RV park on Interstate 5 about an hour north of Bakersfield. Quick in and out. If we get moving very early maybe we would go all the way to Joshua Tree.
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