Trip Planner:   USA  /  California  /  Tehachapi  /  Tehachapi Loop

Tehachapi Loop, Tehachapi

4.6
#1 of 13 in Things to do in Tehachapi
The Tehachapi Loop is a 0.73-mile (1.17 km) long spiral, or helix, on the Union Pacific Railroad Mojave Subdivision through Tehachapi Pass, of the Tehachapi Mountains in Kern County, south-central California. The line connects Bakersfield and the San Joaquin Valley to Mojave in the Mojave Desert. The line, which sees an average of almost 40 trains each day, is one of the busiest single-track mainlines in the world.
With its frequent trains and spectacular scenery, the Loop is one of the prime railfan areas in the country. In 1998, the Loop was named a National Historic Civil Engineering Landmark and is designated California Historical Landmark #508.
One of the engineering feats of its day, the Loop was built by Southern Pacific Railroad to ease the grade over Tehachapi Pass. Construction began in 1874, and the line opened in 1876. Contributors to the project's construction include Arthur De Wint Foote and the project's chief engineer, William Hood.
Use our Tehachapi trip planning site to visit Tehachapi Loop on your trip to Tehachapi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
Source
Create an itinerary including Tehachapi Loop
map
© OpenMapTiles © OpenStreetMap contributors
Tehachapi Loop Reviews
Rate this attraction
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating
TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5
212 reviews
Google
4.7
TripAdvisor
  • Unexpectedly arrived here. A beautiful place, good restaurants, very good motels and everything inexpensive. You get in touch with the residents quickly.
    View original
  • An amazing engineering feat the views were superb watching the very long trains go through the tunnels and get around the mountain  more »
Google
  • One of my absolute favorite places from my childhood. Strange to think that 2 decades ago you could walk up to the tracks without worry, now its all fenced off. Still a great place to go and watch trains, just from the hill above. I guess I was a kid at the right time!
  • Of you like trains, you will like this place. Civil engineering masterpiece. Over 100 trains per day go through this pass.

Plan your trip to Tehachapi

  • Get a personalized plan

    A complete day-by-day itinerary
    based on your preferences
  • Customize it

    Refine your plan. We'll find the
    best routes and schedules
  • Manage it

    Everything in one place.
    Everyone on the same page.

Popular things to do in Tehachapi

4.7
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 2​h

Side trips from Tehachapi

4.7
Duration: 2​h
4.4
Duration: 2​h

Hidden gems in Tehachapi

4.0
Duration: 2​h
4.8
Duration: 2​h
5.0
Duration: 30​min
4.1
Duration: 2​h

Nature in Tehachapi

4.4
Duration: 2​h 30​min

Wineries in Tehachapi

4.3
Duration: 1​h 30​min

Nearby attractions in Tehachapi

4.0
Duration: 2​h