Westgard Pass

Average Rating - This road has been rated by 4 visitors


State: Nevada
Date Submitted: September 1, 2008
Submitted by: Dennis Barr
Motorcycle Road Length: 81 Miles Miles

Written Directions

Start south of Tonopah Nevada where US 95 meets NV route 266. Head west on 266 for 39 miles and you will find the intersection of CA route 168. Now take a left (go west) on route 168 for about 38 miles till you get to the route's end point of Big Pine, CA.

Scenery  

Great views of the White mountains and the Sierras, with continuous vistas of the whole route. You'll pass through the beautiful Westgard Pass and have fantastic views from it's 7,313 feet of elevation. Westgard is the only pass connecting the Owens Valley to Deep Springs Valley.

Road Quality  

The road is well paved, but narrow and very twisty. Not a good road for strictly freeway type riders. many hairpins with steep drop offs. This is definitely one of those roads you take it easy going and hurry back, after you know the road. Overall, 168 is challenging and one of the best Motorcycle roads I have ever been on!

Roadside Amenities  

There are no stores or gas stations. The nearest gas from the Nevada junction of 95 and 266 is another 15 miles, so make sure you have enough range!

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Ratings/Reviews

 

Reviewed by PoopyMoose on September 18, 2012
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Creator: PoppyMoose
motorcycle_year: 1996
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Touring
Comment: We took this road as a "quicker way home" back to "Lost Wages" as it saves, according to the GPS, a whopping 15 miles from the more common Lone Pins-Death Valley-Pharump route and let me tell you this ... it was the VERY best part of the 4 day weekend ride. Now that is saying something when we had just gone through the PCH and Yosemite!!!

We all had "big boys toys" (Goldwings and Ultra Classics) and found the ride to be fun, definately not a race fr any of us!

Its hard to describe the feeling of narrowness as you pass though the "narrows" ... but it MUST be wider than it looks as ther isn't. A vehicle restrtiction (other a ban ln trailers over 40ft, a wise one at that!)

Fuel in Big Pine, CA and Goldfield or Beatty in NV are no brainers. They are right, there are NO services inbetween those points!

Is this a ride I will do again (during the summer months) Oh, |-|ELL, YES it sure is!!!
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Reviewed by Guest on July 17, 2010
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Creator: Steve A
motorcycle_year: 2008
motorcycle_make: Yamaha
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: This is a beautiful desert mountain highway. I have been driving up this route for years. Things to be aware of: There is often sand and gravel in the road, and pine cones etc up higher to the Bristle cones it gets pretty constant as heav y thunderstorms wash debree onto road. Rocks are also quite common, esspecially in the one lane gorge west of the pass. Don't speed into blind corners as there are often broken down semi tractors, or tipped Hay haulers, campers with burnt brakes etc... Not always, but every year I get a new surprise, and over heated the brakes in one of my own vehicles once. I plan to ride this route and camp in the Whites at least twice in a couple weeks. Love it up there. There are good ammenities in Big Pine at the 395/168 jct. Motels, Gas, some food and places to get water etc. Nothing once out on the road, nothing but winding beautiful country.
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Reviewed by Guest on June 23, 2009
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Creator: Tim C.
motorcycle_year: 2002
motorcycle_make: BMW
motorcycle_type: Sport-Touring
Comment: Great ride! There is a nice rock hunting spot in the valley (check out Nevada rock hunting books for exact location), if you like smokey quartz crytals. Also, you must take a spin up to the Bristlecone Pine Forest. It's about 20 miles off of Highway 168, but it's well worth it! You get a great view of the Eastern Sierras and Bishop, CA. from 10,000 feet.
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Reviewed by Guest on January 3, 2009
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Creator: Don Troudy
motorcycle_year: 1976
motorcycle_make: Honda
motorcycle_type: Cruiser
Comment: I rode this route in late April 2008. What an amazing and desolate area. Passed just a few cars going the other way. No cars passed us going west from I-95. The climbing up to Westgard Pass is a bit of a challenge. Lots of turns and twists. Great ride!
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