Discover your Points of Interest along Highway 178 before you get in the car!

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California 178 leads east through the Kern Canyon, which is a narrow canyon crafted by the waters of the Kern River. Falling rocks are a concern along certain sections of the highway. Through the Kern River Canyon and over Walker Pass, passing by Isabella Reservoir, California 178 crosses Walker Pass (elevation 5,245 feet) before meeting California 14 and U.S. 395 in the vicinity of Ridgecrest and China Lake. Currently California 178 ends in the middle of the Desert, east of Ridgecrest at the turnoff to the Trona Pinnacles National Natural Landmark. The highway continues as a county-maintained highway, initially by San Bernardino County and then by Inyo County. The county route turns north, and it ultimately meets California 190 just east of Panamint Springs within Death Valley National Park. The eastern segment of California 178 emerges as a narrow, two-lane highway at what seems to be an arbitrary point, but it is actually the original Death Valley National Monument boundary south of Badwater Basin (lowest spot in the continental United States) near Jubilee Pass. California 178 continues through Death Valley National Park, finally meeting California 127 a few miles north of Shoshone. California 178 merges onto California 127 for the distance into Shoshone, then turns northeast to cross into Nevada en route to Pahrump via Nevada 372.

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