Tehachapi Mountains is located in Tehachapi, California, USA, close to 2 hours northwest of LA.  Located on the border of the city limits of this quaint mountain town, the mountain peaks to an impressive 7,981 ft, separating the San Joaquin Valley and the Mojave Desert.  If you are also in the area, I would suggest adding these locations to your list: the Tehachapi Train Loop, the National César E. Chávez Memorial and the Norbertine Canonesses Monastery.

Our trip to the Tehachapi Mountains was in January 2016, a bit wintry conditions still but nothing this Northeastern girl couldn’t handle.  At times, the winds do gust a bit so bring along a hat and winter clothing if you see snow on the peaks.  Genki Husband and I had the pleasure of staying two months in Tehachapi while waiting for our house to be available, we waited for a sunny day to occur before adventuring out.  It was basically an empty park, minus a few brave campers here and there.

Hiking conditions are a bit different in the summer, I assume.  The roads to the top of the mountain trails were blocked off to those not prepared with tire chains.  So we drove our trusty prius up, as far as possible, and hiked through the designated camping sites to get to the trails.  If new, bring along a hiking trail map (either a GPS or paper map), there are no markings on the trails and it can be a bit intimidating.

So if you find yourself in the area, we would suggest packing a lunch and heading on up to Tehachapi Mountains for a day hike.  Suggested to bring maps as it is not laid out clearly to newbies in the area.  Remember your cameras, the views are amazing.