Walker's Pass

60 mi. NE of Bakersfield on CA 178, Bakersfield, California


Named for Joseph R. Walker, a fur trapper and guide. Native Americans showed the still remote pass to Walker in 1834, and he led the first immigrant wagon train into California through this pass in 1843. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, July 4, 1961

"WALKER'S PASS - Discovered by Joseph R. Walker, American trailblazer, who left the San Joaquin Valley through this pass in 1834. This area was traversed by topographer Edward M. Kern, after whom the Kern River was named, while accompanying the Frémont expedition of 1845. After 1860 it became a mining freight route to Owens Valley." - California Historic Landmark No.99

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
NR name
Walker Pass
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person; A - Event
Property type
Historic function
Current functions
Road-related; Outdoor recreation; Monument/marker
Period of significance
Significant years
1834; 1843; 1845
Number of properties
Contributing sites: 1
Non-contributing structures: 9

Update Log 

  • March 27, 2019: Updated by Richard Doody: Add historical information