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.
The Inyokern Airport, located a mere ten miles from the base front gate, serves China Lake and Ridgecrest. The Inyokern Airport handles daily flights with United Express. Three runways can accommodate private aircraft up to a DC 9. Two national car rental agencies are available to meet your transportation needs.
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) .