" Lost Hills, Black Gold " Lost Hills by SteveOSF

Lost Hills Travel Guide: 2 reviews and 3 photos

What’s a road trip without the road? During our California and Nevada road trip in April of 2007, we naturally spent a fair deal of time on the road. Lost Hills was one of the sights along the way. Lost Hills is located on Highway 46 between Paso Robles and Bakersfield, near the junction with Highway 5. The high concentration of oil wells within such a short distance from each other contrasts with the primarily agricultural regions along the road. I think the hills were indeed lost here, as the terrain seemed fairly flat.

We passed by Lost Hills shortly before passing by Bakersfield on one of the longest driving legs of our trip, which included traveling along Highways 1, 46, 101, and 178. We even had a brief encounter with Highway 41 after missing the turnoff to Highway 46. Oops, that will happen on a road trip. This leg started in the morning at San Simeon, where we had visited Heart Castle during the previous day, and ended in Ridgecrest, where we spent the night on our way to Death Valley. We took time for a brief stop at Lake Isabella along our way.

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  • In a nutshell:Lots of roadside oil wells.
  • Last visit to Lost Hills: Apr 2007
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • risse73's Profile Photo
    Jul 15, 2008 at 6:33 AM

    LH looks like a true off-the-beaten-path. Interesting perspective on this place.

  • Ewingjr98's Profile Photo
    Apr 27, 2008 at 11:43 AM

    I've driven the same spot a few times and was amazed by the number of oil rigs.

  • atufft's Profile Photo
    Oct 29, 2007 at 12:26 PM

    I agree with gilabrand. Interesting ruminations on the old CA oil country.

  • gilabrand's Profile Photo
    Sep 23, 2007 at 8:12 AM

    An interesting thought, as we slowly deplete the earth's resources...


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