Panoche Pass

Panoche Pass is a mountain pass within the Diablo Range in San Benito County, California connecting the southern extremity of the Santa Clara Valley in the west to the Panoche Valley and San Joaquin Valley in the east. The name Panoche Pass is used for the United States Geological Survey quadrangle map for the local area.[2] County Route J1, also known as the Panoche Road, traverses the pass.

Panoche Pass
The pass lies southeast of Paicines and northwest of Panoche
Elevation2,250 feet (690 m)[1]
Traversed by CR J1
LocationSan Benito County, California, United States
RangeDiablo Range
Coordinates36°37′41″N 121°00′51″W
Topo mapUSGS Panoche Pass[2]

Curiously, the elevation of 2,250 feet (690 m) posted on the official highway sign[1] is at least 130 feet (40 m) higher than that indicated on the official USGS topographic map of the area.[3]

Natural history

The headwaters of Panoche Creek are located at Panoche Pass.[4]

The locale has numerous flora and fauna species. There are also a number of wildflower species including the iconic yellow mariposa lily, Calochortus luteus, which has been specifically noted in the Panoche Pass.[5]

See also


  1. Hilton, Tom (30 April 2011). "Panoche Road 06". Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  2. "Panoche Pass US Topo". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2012-09-09.
  3. "Panoche Pass, California, USGS 7.5 minute topographic map via Topoquest". USGS. Retrieved 2013-06-06.
  4. David L. Durham. 2000
  5. C. Michael Hogan. 2009


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