I know a few here have done the first part of this trip (and many the second). I want to start in Yreka, take Hiway 96 west through Happy Camp and down the Klamath River and then across the coastal mountains to Arcata and Eureka on the Pacific coast. From there, south to San Francisco along Hiway 1 (Pacific Coast Highway).
The part I am really looking forward to is Hiway 96 down the Klamath River but I have some questions about it and was needing some help.
Will any of the little towns shown on the map (Hamburg, Happy Camp, Orleans, Hoopa, Willow Creek) have any stores open? I will be going through in a couple of days so do these places close up after the Labor Day Holiday (first weekend in September here in the USA)?
How is the availability of water along this route? I know that the road mostly runs along the River based on the map but is the water in it accessible? Are there frequent and easy-to-reach tributaries into which to dip a water bottle?
Leaving 96 to go over to the coast is it better to take Bair Road from Hoopa or go the extra mileage and take 299 from Willow Creek over to Arcata?