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Panoche Pass
Elevation 2,250 feet (690 m)
Traversed by CR J1
Location San Benito County, California, United States
Range Diablo Range
Coordinates 36°37′41″N 121°00′51″W / 36.62806°N 121.01417°W / 36.62806; -121.01417Coordinates: 36°37′41″N 121°00′51″W / 36.62806°N 121.01417°W / 36.62806; -121.01417
Topo map USGS 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. County Route J1, also known as the Panoche Road, traverses the pass.

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

Natural history

The headwaters of Panoche Creek are located at Panoche Pass.

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.

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