Soda Lake
View of Soda Lake from Overlook Hill. Soda Lake Road is in the foreground. The Temblor Range is in the distance (to the east). The Carrizo Plain is located in San Luis Obispo and Kern Counties, California. The national monument preserves a region of low relief between mountain ranges of the western Transverse and Coast Ranges. The low point in the preserve is Soda Lake Basin at about 1903 feet (shown here). Soda Lake a playa (or an ephemeral or dry lake) typically covered by alkali salts between infrequent winter wet periods. The lake bed held water throughout the year after the record rainfall season of 1998 (BLM, Bakersfield Field Office, 2010). The highest elevation in the park is about 2500 feet in the Southern Elkhorn Hills of the extreme southeastern Carrizo Plain. Nearby, McKittrick Peak in Kern County (shown here in the distance) in the Temblor Range is 4,332 feet, and Caliente Mountain, the highest peak in San Luis Obispo County, is 5,106 feet.
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Last modified: 1/12/2011