This route is often used to head into Nevada, Utah, and Idaho,
having to cross the Sierras in the Winter. It is also the main route
California to Arizona and points directly east, and leads to I40, which
take you a long ways east of California. Eventually 58 should start wearing an Interstate 40 shield as far
as Interstate 5. 58 was formerly US466, along with Highway 46, and
of 99, I15, and US93.
These pictures are from February 1998 when California was having extremely heavy rains from El Niño, and from February 2002. This is eight miles east of I5. 58 has congested traffic in the Bakersfield area. A yellow caution sign recommends you take 7th Standard Road to 99 from 3:30 PM till 6:00 PM. This part of 58 was SR178 until the early 1960s. This highway sees some bad neighborhoods in Bakersfield before you reach 99.
At I5 you see a mile sign that says:
99 South to I5 South
This was taken leaving Bakersfield at Mt. Vernon Avenue.
58 is 3 lanes wide each way from Cottonwood to Highway 184.
This is looking into the Southern Sierra and the Sequoia National Forest, just West of Tejón Highway.
Entering the Tehachapi Mountains, east of General Beale Road, and the elevation is about 1000' here. From Bakersfield to 223, the highway
climbs up and down and has wide (fast) S curves up to a summit. At 223,
you can look clearly into the Southern Sierra, and to the south towards
Note a few orange wildflowers in the center of the picture. This area has a spectacular wildflower season.