The Tejon Pass is a mountain pass, between the southwest end of the Tehachapi Mountains and northeastern San Emigdio Mountains, linking Northern California via the Central Valley to Southern California. The apex of the pass is near the northwesternmost corner of Los Angeles County, north of Gorman. Its highest point is 4,160 feet (1,270 m) or 4,144 feet (1,263 m) (the sources differ), 75 miles (121 km) northwest of downtown Los Angeles and 47 miles (76 km) south of Bakersfield.
The route of Interstate 5 winds through Tejon Pass, which at this point connects the southern part of the state with the San Joaquin Valley and the north. The pass has a mostly gradual rise from its southern approach of 1,362 feet (415 m) at Santa Clarita, but a precipitous descent through Grapevine Canyon toward the San Joaquin Valley on the north, where it ends at the Grapevine at 1,499 feet (457 m). On its northward slope lies Fort Tejon State Historic Park, the site of a former U.S. Army post, first garrisoned in 1854.
Elevation: 4,160 ft (1,268 m)