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Directions to China Lake

China Lake is situated next to the town of Ridgecrest, a thriving town with a population of nearly 35,000. China Lake/Ridgecrest is located near three major highways, US Hwy 395 and California State Highways, 14 and 178. No matter whether you fly or drive to get to China Lake, try to arrive during the daylight hours, as the town is very isolated. Transportation from airports can sometimes be arranged by your new command. Please check with them for availability.

From Los Angeles International Airport

Take Interstate 405 North from the airport, over the Hollywood Hills and across the San Fernando Valley. Then take Interstate 5 North a short distance to State Route 14. Remain on Highway 14, through Palmdale, Lancaster, Mojave and Red Rock Canyon until the Inyokern turnoff. Take Highway 178 east through Inyokern to China Lake and Ridgecrest. (160 total miles)

From Hollywood/Burbank Airport

Take Interstate 5 North from the airport until intersecting State Route 14. Take Highway 14 through Palmdale. Take the same directions as above. (140 total miles)

From Ontario Airport

Take Interstate 10 East from the airport, then Interstate 215/15 North exit towards Barstow/Las Vegas and over Cajon Pass. Take Highway 395 North exit towards Bishop/Adelanto and travel to the Ridgecrest turnoff. (120 total miles)

Miles to China Lake/Ridgecrest

  • Bakersfield 110
  • Las Vegas 225
  • Los Angeles 150
  • San Diego 220
  • San Francisco 430
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