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Motorcycle Roads Hwy 299 from the coast to Redding, CA19   in California California142 Miles

Motorcycle Roads Hwy 299 from the coast to Redding, CA

By tjharley762
on July 9, 2012

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4 Riders rated


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Written Directions

Hwy 299 begins at US Hwy 101 in Arcata, California, 15 minutes north of Eureka, in Humboldt County (100 miles south of the Oregon border). From Hwy 101 to Redding is about 150 miles. Gas up in Willow Creek and/or Weaverville, as there's little or no gas anywhere between towns on this ride. The first 30 miles heading east will be colder than the rest, since the coast here is usually overcast and chilly, even in the summer. Once you get over the hill to the town of Willow Creek (about 30 miles inland) it warms up considerably, eventually reaching upwards of 100F in July and August. The road from Willow Creek east, parallels the Trinity River for almost 50 miles, eventually leaving the river and passing through Weaverville, past Whiskeytown Reservoir, and eventually reaching the city of Redding, CA, on I-5 in the north end of California's great central valley. Total ride distance- 150 miles.


The 150 miles between Redding and the coast are among the most beautiful 100 miles of riding roads on the planet. Highway Patrol runs radar on both dashboards, but along the river, you can often see a mile or more ahead of you. In the winter, they sand the roads because of winter weather conditions, but in the summer and fall it's dry, well paved, and generally wide open. Fewer cars during the weekdays, as this is a traveling road for tourists heading between the valley and the coast.

Road Quality

The road is generally in great shape, although there are old landslides upon which the road was built that slip a bit, requiring repaving annually. It's a great mixture of high-speed straightaway and tight, well-banked curves, with many high-speed curves along the Trinity River, and if you're an advanced rider, the road between the coast and Willow Creek (30ish miles) is full of great relatively high-speed curves.

Roadside Amenities

From the coast til the Trinity River you're riding in the Redwoods. It's gorgeous. Along the Trinity, it's dry, hot, and scattered pines on really steep terrain along a beautiful mountain river. The Straw House restaurant 95 miles in from the coast has amazing lunches, misters on the patio during hot weather, and is motorcycle friendly, despite a small gravel parking lot. Food in Weaverville is average, with pizza and breakfast places, as well as a few bars and fast food on the roadside.

Additional Info

We take the 90 miles from the coast to the Straw House every week for a "lunch ride", it's that beautiful. Please feel free to email me with questions. We love this ride, even when there's road construction, repairing the few bad spots on the road.

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By Guest
on May 23, 2013 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2005

Motorcycle Make harley davidson Road glide

Motorcycle Type Touring

great road, lots of great 70 mph banking curves and beautiful scenery

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By Big_Mike
on November 4, 2016 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

4.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2006

Motorcycle Make Harley-Davidson Road King

Motorcycle Type Touring

Truly a wonderful ride with great scenery. I've ridden this twice, both times west to east and both times was blessed with great weather though pretty chilly early on as I started in the morning on each ride.

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on September 5, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2000

Motorcycle Make Yamaha

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

Beautiful ride. Little traffic. Much of the route is through scenery, rather than just seeing it from a distance. Loved the flavored shake at the Strawhouse Cafe'--just right on a hot day!

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on August 6, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year Bandit 2009

Motorcycle Make Suzuki

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Route 299 is an excellent motorcycle route. Beautiful scenery and great riding. The Strawhouse Resort mentioned in the reviews, is worth the trip alone. We experienced the best food, drink, hospitality, customer service, view, and yes, the espresso. The owners Don and Julia truly make you feel welcome and are passionate about every detail. We wanted to stay, but a few miles East is a good spot to get off the bikes and swim in the Trinity.

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