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Old 04-20-2021, 02:11 PM   #1
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Highway 36 and other NorCal roads

I'm on vacation this week and wanted to do a NorCal coastal ride for a few days. Is highway 36 all burned out? I'm looking for intel and recon on conditions and advice for any and all of the NorCal.

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Old 04-20-2021, 04:16 PM   #2
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Check with Caltrans but 36 is not to be missed. We have done this several times and the last couple years are they have been working at the top and has been dirt....but one could peel off to HWY 3 and then to coast and is just as good with that and maybe a little 299.......we have led a group for overnighter last three years to Crescent city and have not been disappointed. Have fun ��
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Old 04-21-2021, 07:49 AM   #3
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299 is wonderful on weekdays. Cut off on Hwy 3 North to Gazelle for a gorgeous view of Mt Shasta. Or continue on 299 out to Burney, then 89 South to 44 and ride through Lassen Park. You come out back on 36 then , either west back to Red Bluff or East to Lake Almanor.

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Old 04-21-2021, 10:12 AM   #4
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For an epic loop, from 5 ride 36 west until you get to 3. Then go north all the way to 5 again. Continue on 5 for about 12 miles, as I recall, and then head west and south on 96 for the most amazing road in California. Consider spending the night at the inn at Hoopa. Then continue south to 299 and head west to 101. Then south on 101 to 36 and take 36 east back to 5.

You'll remember the ride the remainder of your life.

FYI, 299 is highly overrated and does have traffic.
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Old 04-21-2021, 10:50 PM   #5
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For an epic loop, from 5 ride 36 west until you get to 3. Then go north all the way to 5 again. Continue on 5 for about 12 miles, as I recall, and then head west and south on 96 for the most amazing road in California. Consider spending the night at the inn at Hoopa. Then continue south to 299 and head west to 101. Then south on 101 to 36 and take 36 east back to 5.

You'll remember the ride the remainder of your life.

FYI, 299 is highly overrated and does have traffic.
I just plugged this into Google Maps. Wow. I've done several of these roads individually and I can imagine this being one hell of a weekend trip!
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I just plugged this into Google Maps. Wow. I've done several of these roads individually and I can imagine this being one hell of a weekend trip!
If you've never ridden 96, do so. And it's all easily done on a weekend with an early start out of the Bay Area and spend the night in Red Bluff. Saturday you ride 36, 3, and most of 96 and spend he night at the Hoopa Indian inn. Grab something to eat and drink from the market and go out behind the inn to consume by the river. Maybe go for a swim. Sunday takes you back home via 96, 299, 101, and all of 36.
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I rode 36, 299 and 3 over Easter weekend. Other than a couple flaggers on 36 all where clean and traffic was surprisingly light. I agree that most of 299 is a nice scenic road but not that exciting at legal speeds. Hwy 3 and 96 are way more fun. Mornings where quite cool over the pass on 3, my dash kept flashing ice warnings and 31 degrees but roads were dry.
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If you've never ridden 96, do so. And it's all easily done on a weekend with an early start out of the Bay Area and spend the night in Red Bluff. Saturday you ride 36, 3, and most of 96 and spend he night at the Hoopa Indian inn. Grab something to eat and drink from the market and go out behind the inn to consume by the river. Maybe go for a swim. Sunday takes you back home via 96, 299, 101, and all of 36.
That's the one I haven't done! Thanks for the tips, I'm going to follow them to the T haha.
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That's the one I haven't done! Thanks for the tips, I'm going to follow them to the T haha.
Take plenty of pix and write up a trip report!
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Old 04-24-2021, 06:09 AM   #10
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299 is wonderful on weekdays. Cut off on Hwy 3 North to Gazelle for a gorgeous view of Mt Shasta. Or continue on 299 out to Burney, then 89 South to 44 and ride through Lassen Park. You come out back on 36 then , either west back to Red Bluff or East to Lake Almanor.

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Lassen has still winter closure as of today. Haven't checked the amounts of snow this year, so not sure when passes will open up.
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Old 04-24-2021, 07:57 AM   #11
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I've been riding 36 for a few weekends now. Early mornings can be cold, but the afternoons heat up between 60 to 75 degrees. There is still some construction, but nothing that will stop you for more than a few minutes at a single lane signal. ST's route is a very good way of hitting almost all the main roads in a weekend, but if you can get back up here for the HOHO Barf rally at the end of July, you can also ride a bunch of the smaller off shoots around Weaverville too.
299 is for tourists, cops and RV's. 36 is for the rest of us.
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Old 04-24-2021, 10:23 AM   #12
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And, of course, when stopped for construction, always mosey up to the front so you have road ahead of you free of traffic when you're let go.
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Old 04-25-2021, 01:29 PM   #13
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I just road to Weaverville Wednesday 36, Wildwood Road,3,299.
36 is fine
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