I have four days available to spend on my bike in a couple of weeks starting in Santa Cruz.

My plan is Pacific Coast Highway, then take 58 in to Taft where I'll stay for the night.
Then day 2 I'll head to Death Valley continuing on 58 and heading north on 14 to Panamint Springs. On day 3+4 I'll head back the way I came.

Am I missing any other great riding opportunities this time of year departing from Santa Cruz?
Does anyone know if Walker Pass/Rte 178 by Lake Isabella is passable this time of year since that's usually how I prefer to go, but I have a feeling it will not be friendly on the moto this time of year.

Thanks for any ideas, help and guidance!