Touring - Redding to Eureka Hwy 299 or Hwy 36? or other...
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05-22-11, 05:01 PM
Planning our summer trip and would like some on the ground info about the route from Redding to Eureka on Hwy 299, Camping, Sites, Road conditions the works. We are planning on taking a week long through the area. Also if there is an alternate route other than 299 that would be better suited to bike touring
I wish it could be longer trip but we are working on a negative budget :p so we are trying to avoid hotels...
Any help from those that have been there would be great.
I also see that someone planned the reverse trip in '07 but no reply as to how it went or what route they ended up on. I'm now looking at Hwy 36 as a possible main focus.
Back in the '80s I was touring around that area. I broke an axle coming down hwy 44 into Redding and it took several hours to get it replaced. By the time we headed out hwy 299 towards the coast, it was after noon on a Friday. The traffic was horrendous and the road was not exactly bike-friendly. After one of us was nearly pinned to a wall by a bouncing, empty flatbed, we decided this just wasn't going to work. We got off the bikes, crossed over the road, and walked on the shoulder while guiding our bikes on the road surface. For some reason, the motorists gave us a lot more room when we weren't on the bikes. We left hwy 299 at hwy 3 and continued on to the coast via hwy 36. It was a sweet ride on hwy3 and hwy36, although parts of hwy36 were only one lane wide.
As we approached the end of hwy 36, an old-timer told us he wouldn't even drive on hwy 36 monday through friday. This was back during the Maxxim debacle; they had every logging truck on the west coast hauling the last of the redwoods out. We just happened to miss that by being there on a weekend. That shouldn't be an issue now.
If I were you, I would look at heading south before venturing west. Maybe take A16 to hwy 36. Good luck.
05-24-11, 04:53 PM
Yes we have been looking alot closer at hwy 36, without the trucks I'm sure it will be a better route. My daughter still gets a bit panicy around fast traffic and so we are looking to avoid hwy 299 now. Bummer to miss Whisky Town though, may have to take an extra day to swing back around so we can see it.
Kreb's Cycle maps for N. California will show many possible bike friendly options for your destination. Not necessarily as direct a route as 36 or 299. I last rode Amtrak to Dunsmuir and rode N. to Yreka and then West on Hwy 96 following the Klamath River to 299 for the last section before Arcate and Eureka. I followed the Coast Route home to SB from there.
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