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Highway 178, Southern Sierra

California 178 starts at Bakersfield, in the Lower Central Valley and skirts the Lower Kern River up to Lake Isabella, where hundreds of trails, campsites & recreational opportunities abound. The route heads east to rural and rocky countryside of Kern County, where you can find Joshua Trees along the main road.

After Walker Pass pavement drops into Freeman Canyon and the high desert region of the Northern Mojave at Hwy 395, where there is plenty of off roading trails nearby. The highway traverses through Inyokern and Ridgecrest, and then turns north to Trona. California 178 becomes Trona Wildrose Road as it enters Panamint Valley and does not connect easily through Death Valley National Park, due to a large mountain range. (4x4 routes over mts)

Highway 178 starts again on the east side of Death Valley Wilderness at Ashford Junction, where Badwater Road ends and the paved route becomes Jubilee Pass Road. Desert wilderness lands fill the landscape and then the small town of Shoshone, eventually leading out to the casino mecca of Pahrump, NV.
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Hwy 178, Kern River Canyon

Lower Kern River, Lake Isabella, Walker Pass

Jawbone Canyon, North Mojave Desert, Panamint Valley, Death Valley

towns scenic areas lakes & rivers

Lake Isabella
Wofford Heights
Mountain Mesa

Red Mountain
Panamint Springs

Death Valley Junction

Kern River County Park
Sequoia National Forest
Domelands Wilderness
Bright Star Wilderness
Chimney Peak Wilderness
Owens Peak Wilderness
Kiavah Wilderness
Red Rock State Park
El Paso Mountain Wilderness
Spangler Hills OHV Park
Golden Valley Wilderness
Panamint Valley
Manly Peak Wilderness
Death Valley National Park
Death Valley Wilderness
Ibex Hills Wilderness
Resting Springs Wilderness
Nopah Range Wilderness
Ming Lake
Kern River
Delonegha Creek
Erskine Creek
Lake Isabella
Fay Creek
Bartoles Creek
Canebrake Creek

Owens Peak
Pilot Knob
Rodecker Flat
activities sights to see campgrounds
Antique Shopping
Back Roads
Boating & Rentals
Horseback Riding
Hot Springs (primitive)
Jetski Rentals
Mountain Biking
Off Roading
River Rafting
Rock Climbing
Wilderness Trails
Remington Hot Springs
Old Kernville Historic Cemetery
Kern River Preserve
Onyx General Store
Onyx Graveyard
Walker Pass
Domeland Wilderness
Chimney Peak Backcountry Byway
Randsburg Ghost Town
Maturango Museum
Trona Pinnacles
Panamint Valley
Ballarat Ghost Town

California 178
Lower Kern Camping:
Kern River County Park
Hobo Campground
Sandy Flat Campground

Lake Isabella Camping:
Pioneer Point Campground
French Gulch Campground
Hungry Gulch Campground
Boulder Gulch Campground
Auxillary Dam Camping
Paradise Cove Campground

KOA Lake Isabella

Canebrake Campgrounds:
Long Valley Campground
Chimney Creek Campground
Walker Pass Campground &
PCT Trailhead Access

Death Valley Campgrounds:
Wildrose Campground
Thorndike Campground
Mahogany Flat Campground
Shoshone RV Park

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