Destroyed by Blue Cut Brush fire in August 2016. Pending rebuild.
Immediately off the
Oak Hill exit of Interstate 15 in Cajon Pass, Oak Hills, California, is the indomitable
Summit Inn Cafe. Steeped in history,
the Summit Inn Cafe has been providing
an archetypal road food experience for
many years. Good food and a friendly
staff punctuate the vintage decor. Although
ostrich burgers are featured, the highlight
of the menu is the cobbler. Apparently making cobbler is chef option. As of November 2009, cobbler is rarely
being made as the current chef declines to make it. The next best dessert is the strawberry short cake,
An incredible view
of the site occurs when traveling up
the mountain from the Victorville side.
The large Summit Inn sign flashes
in neon. A spectacular roadside moment.
The Summit Inn Cafe
is located on a minuscule remnant of
the original Route 66. Most of the original
Route 66 have been overlaid by the interstate
in the immediate vicinity. Going northeast,
the original Route 66 can be found starting
again on "D" street in Victorville,
running through Helendale and ending
in Barstow. Going southwest, the next
section of the original Route 66 runs
starts at the Cleghorn exit of Interstate
15 and runs to Devore and eventually
to Foothill Boulevard.
The Summit Inn at the present location has been in operation since 1952. The original owner was Burt Riley who operated the Summit Inn between 1952 and 1966. Cecil Stevens
owned and operated the Summit Inn between 1966 sand 2016. The Summit Inn was acquired by Katherine Juarez and Otto Recinos in June 2016. The new owner announced restoration plans.
Sadly, the Summit Inn Cafe was destroyed by the Blue Cut brush fire on Aug 16, 2016. The current owners plant to rebuild. As of 2019 reconstruction has not yet begun. The only artificant remaining is the the lower of the two neon signs.
Visit a travel reference
Visit the California
Route 66 Museum in Victorville when
in the Cajon Pass area.