Highway directional sign in Wheeler Ridge, with Tehachapi Mountains beyond
|Elevation||291 m (955 ft)|
Wheeler Ridge is an unincorporated community in the southwestern San Joaquin Valley, within Kern County, California. It is at the junction of the valley floor and the Wheeler Ridge landform of the Tehachapi Mountains.
Wheeler Ridge is at an elevation of 955 feet (291 m).
A post office operated at Wheeler Ridge from 1923 to 1972.
Before the development of the Grapevine commercial district to the south on Interstate 5, Wheeler Ridge had the last services southbound on U.S. Route 99 and I-5 before the steep 3,000 feet (910 m) climb up Tejon Pass. Before the 1964 state highway renumbering, old Route 99 passed through Wheeler Ridge.
The settlement is north of the San Andreas Fault, which passes through the Sierra Pelona Mountains in the Tejon Pass area. Its last major event in the area was the magnitude 7.9 1857 Fort Tejon earthquake.
On April 16, 2005, a magnitude 5.2 earthquake on the White Wolf Fault struck near Wheeler Ridge.