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added: August 2, 2011  /  updated: October 14, 2016  /  updated: March 26, 2017

Cajon Pass Maps with MP (Mile Posts) and Location Names
As the 3MT (3rd Main Track) by BNSF is finished since November 2008,  we (Railfans) need to know the different locations.
A big thank you to Gary G. Gray, who made the captions. In addition, below each Map, we put some aerial photos of the same area to give more infos about the locations (aerial photos by Werner Meer and captions by Gary Gray).

We are having a great photo documentation of the 3MT Contruction by BNSF with more than 900 photos.
Take a look, you will be impressed (links are below the maps).

The maps shown start from East to West at Summit MP 55.9 down below Blue Cut at MP 65.5.

 

March 26, 2017: Highway 138 (East) Realignment Project is now under way.
For all who are familiar with Hwy 138 while visitting Cajon Pass, are aware of the old two lane and curvy Highway 138 coming from exit # 131 (I-15) and going to Summit. Several years ago, Hwy 138 has been widened after the exit toward Summit for the first 1.9 mls. But from that point up to Summit, it is a curvy up and down slow speed (mountain) road. Three bridges and one undercrossing will be built.
(Hog Ranch Creek Bridge, Vjner's Shack Creek Bridge, OHV Undercrossing, Double Drajn Cheek Bridge)
See our detailed documentation with lots of photos from this project - click here
 Map copyright by Caltrans and RUS -  6214
more infos:  http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist8/documents/sr138/SR-138-EAST-ALIGNMENT-FACT-SHEET-070716.pdf
more detailed infos with different maps:  http://www.spl.usace.army.mil/Portals/17/docs/publicnotices/SR138_realignment.pdf

New 8/11: We have detailed maps with captions "How to find" Hill 582 and Sullivan's Curve between the other maps.
Go pack to our Cajon Pass Maps and "How to find" Page - click here

Map 1: BNSF Summit MP 55.9, WSI MP 56.7X, Silverwood MP 57.2X

Elevation of BNSF Summit is 3777 feet (1151 m)
(I-15 Summit is 4190 feet - 1280 m)

For bigger size aerial photos with captions please click on the 4-digit number. These 3 photos show locations for Map 1.
Summit MP55.9  195-1 West Summit Island MP 56.7  195-2 Silverwood MP 57.2  195-3

 

Map 2: BNSF MP 57.2X, Hill 582 MP 58.2X

 

For bigger size aerial photos with captions please click on the 4-digit number. Both photos show locations for Map 2.
Hill 582 MP 58.2X overview  196-1 Hill 582 MP 58.2X close-up  196-2

 

Below is a Google map showing directions to Hill 582.
Here is an edited Google map showing the most common route used to visit Cajon Hill 582. Yearly, hundreds of railfans visit the Hill without incident, however we feel it necessary to enclose several "cautions".
Hwy 138 is a very narrow, winding and high-speed road. The turn onto the Hill 582 road can be dangerous. The turn-off is 1.6 miles from I-15. The road crossing of BNSF MT-3 deserves considerable caution.
The dirt roads leading to Hill 582 (1.3 miles) are NOT maintained and are very rough. We see numerous automobiles on the Hill but a vehicle with some clearance is recommended. On the map, the roads with a large red X should NOT be used.
Snakes and Bee Hives are common throughout Cajon. Rattle Snakes are seen frequently. Children and pets should be closely monitored when visiting all areas of Cajon Pass. Common sense rules of exploring any desert should be adhered to.
So far, the USFS and BNSF have "tolerated" our presence on Hill 582. Please respect the land and stay away from the tracks.
The Hill 582 Bunch (GGG & DET) 7/27/11

 

Map 3: Hill 582, Tunnel 1 MP 58.9X, Tunnel 2 MP 59.2X (both tunnels are gone), Baldy Mesa Rd. MP 59.5X, CP Walker MP 60.6X

 

For bigger size aerial photos with captions please click on the 4-digit number. Both photos show locations for Map 3.
Alray - Baldy Mesa Road MP 59.5X (former Tunnels)  197-1 Former Tunnel 1 (all 4 tracks visible)  197-2

 

Map 4: CP Walker MP 60.2X, Davis Ranch Rd. MP 60.6X, Mormon Rocks, Pine Lodge MP 62.2X

 

For bigger size aerial photos with captions please click on the 4-digit number. Both photos show locations for Map 4 and Map 5.
Mormon Rocks, Pinelodge, CP Walker (I-15)  198-1 Mormon Rocks, HWY 138  198-2

 

Below is a Google map showing directions to Sullivan's Curve.
Here are three edited Google maps showing the most common route used to visit Sullivanís Curve. Yearly, hundreds of railfans visit the the area without incident, however we feel it necessary to enclose several "cautions".
Hwy 138 is a very narrow, winding and high-speed road. The turn onto the Lone Pine Canyon Road and then onto 2N89 deserve considerable caution.
The gravel road leading to Sullivanís shares space with the UPRR and can be very rough and narrow. We see numerous automobiles on the curve but a vehicle with some clearance is recommended.
Snakes and Bee Hives are common throughout Cajon. Rattle Snakes are seen frequently. Children and pets should be closely monitored when visiting all areas of Cajon Pass. Common sense rules of exploring any desert should be adhered to.
Please respect the land and stay away from the tracks.
The Hill 582 Bunch (GGG & DET) 8/02/11

 

For bigger size map photos with captions please click on the 4-digit number. Both maps show details for the Overview Map above.
Lone Pine Canyon Road Detail - 1183 Sullivan's Curve Overlook Detail - 1184

 

Map 5: HWY 138, Pine Lodge MP 62.2X, Sullivan's Curve MP 63X, Bridge MP64.1X, Cajon Station (Junction) MP 62.8

 

For bigger size aerial photos with captions please click on the 4-digit number. Both photos show locations for Map 5.
Sullivan's Curve MP 63X   199-1 Cajon Station MP 62.8   199-2

 

Map 6: Sullivan's Curve MP 63X, Cajon Station (Junction) MP 62.8, Bridge MP 63.4

 

For bigger size aerial photos with captions please click on the 4-digit number. Both photos show locations for Map 6.
Cajon Station (Junction), I-15 Cleghorn Exit to Route 66   200-1 Looking South - below Cajon Station  200-2

 

Map 7: Nasty Knoll MP 64.3, SWC (Swarthout Canyon Road X-ing) MP 64.4, Blue Cut MP 65

 

For bigger size aerial photos with captions please click on the 4-digit number. Both photos show locations for Map 7 and Map 8.
Swarthout Canyon Road Crossing MP 64.6 (SWC)   201-1 below SWC, Blue Cut MP 65, lower canyon  201-2

 

Map 8: SWC MP 64.6, Blue Cut MP 65, Keenbrook Road MP 65.5

Map 1 - Map 8 copyright by Google Earth and Gary Gray / Aerial photos copyright by Werner Meer and Gary Gray

MILEPOSTS on Google Maps and Aerial Photos

The original track through Cajon was completed in 1885 with a ruling grade of 3%. The MilePosts were numbered from East to West starting at Barstow.
In 1913, a two mile longer second main track was completed with a ruling grade of 2.2%. The NEW 1913 main became the NORTH (#1) track while the original track became the SOUTH (#2) track. Since there was a two mile difference in the tracks between West Summit Island and Cajon Jct, the new MilePosts for the North track were given an "X" to denote a separate track. When the #1 and #2 tracks returned to parallel running at Cajon Jct, the newer North #1 track simply "lost" two miles and became MilePost equal to the original track.

 

Barstow - Summit Summit - Cajon Station (2,2 %) Cajon Station - San Bernardino
MP Location MP Location MP Location
0.0 Barstow 55.9 Summit 62.8 Cajon Station
6.7 Lenwood 56.7X West Summit Island 63.4 Curved Bridge
13.6 Hodge 57.2X Silverwood - Bridge USFS 3N45 64.4 Swarthout Canyon Road X-ing
21.1 Helendale 58.2X Hill 582 65.0 Blue Cut
31.5 Oro Grande 58.9X former Tunnel 1 (Alray) 67.3 Old Keenbrook
34.6 East Victorville 59.2X former Tunnel 2 (Alray) 69.4 Keenbrook
36.7 Victorville 59.5X Bridge over Baldy Mesa Road 71.0 Devore
38.0 Frost 60.2X CP Walker 73.9 Verdemont
39.1 Flyover 60.6X Davis Ranch Road X-ing 75.0 Ono
41.1 Thorn 62.2X Pine Lodge - Mormon Rocks 79.9 Baseline
45.1 Hesperia 63.0X Sullivan's Curve 80.6 7th Street
50.1 Lugo 64.1X Bridge over Cajon Creek 81.4 San Bernardino
52.8 Martinez 62.8 Cajon Station - -
55.9 Summit - - - -

 

With completion of construction of the new Third Main track, the "MILES" on MilePosts on the #1 and #2 tracks were lengthened to about 1.15 miles each to coincide (at Cajon Jct) with the 1913 track Mile Posts. In other words, for railroad purposes the distance between Summit and Cajon is now considered to be the same for all three tracks, even though the actual distance is 1.15 miles between mile posts on tracks #1 and #2.

In the following photographic documentation of the BNSF Cajon Pass Third Main construction, all appropriate Mileposts on the #1 and #2 tracks between Summit and Cajon will use the OLD Mile Post numbering system and therefore will be followed by an "X".

Below are links to the BNSF 3rd Main Track Project

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Map of BNSF 3MT from Summit to Devore by Michael Amrine - click here

The other side of Cajon - from Summit to the Mojave River Bridges in East Victorville
On these 9 aerial photos we move Eastwards. Once again, aerials by Werner Meer and captions by Gary Gray. (click on the number to enlarge)
BNSF Summit MP 55.9   195-1 Martinez - Summit Curve   230-2 Martinez MP 52.8   230-3
California Aqueduct - Lugo MP 50.1   230-4 Hesperia   230-5 Hesperia/Victorville - Bear Valley Road   230-6
Flyover MP 39.1 - Frost MP 38 - Narrows   230-7 Victorville - Mojave River Upper Narrows   230-8 East Victorville, Mojave River Bridges MP 34.1  230-9

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