One of the most beautiful stretches of road in Humboldt County, Hwy 36 winds its way up, down, around, along, over and through some of the prettiest meadows, forests, rivers, rolling hills and rugged mountains in northern California. Starting just south of Fortuna and running roughly 140 miles to Red Bluff on Hwy I-5, this is a superbly scenic route. Rather than level the road, the original crew followed the lay of the land when they built it, producing swinging twists and turns that make this route particularly fun on two wheels. There is even a section that winds around a mountain with jagged cliffs and steep drop-offs. The pavement is nearly perfect; motorcyclists give this ride rave reviews, but it’s also a gorgeous, fun drive if you’re in a car. Be sure to bring a camera.
Less than half an hour out from your starting point on US Hwy 101 you’ll find Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park. Located on the tranquil Van Duzen River, this 400 acre stand of redwoods with 28 campsites is a gem. Reservations are recommended if you plan on spending the night.
Where: 3 miles south of Fortuna on Hwy 101 take Hwy 36 east at Alton. It is 17 miles to Grizzly Creek Redwoods State Park and another 120 miles or so to Red Bluff (google map)
More Info: 707-777-3683 | Parks.CA.gov
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