The Tehachapi Mountains have a blanket of snow as hundreds of vehicles, many of them stopped overnight, move along Interstate 5 near Gorman, Calif., shortly after it reopened after a snowstorm closed California's main north-south artery in the Tehachapis Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2009.  (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)

Meet the Toughest Mountains in California

Don’t mess with the Tehachapis.

California has taller mountain ranges, more famous mountain ranges, even more beautiful mountain ranges. But no mountains here are tougher—or more important—than the Tehachapis.

A mishmash of …