Highway 70; Feather River Canyon + ADD NEW ROUTE
39 in California California80 Miles Miles
on June 1, 2005
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The directions to this route are pretty straight forward. The route mainly is situated about 80 miles north of Sacramento, CA. To take the route, you just need to get yourself to one of the two possible starting points; either Quincy, CA or Oroville, CA. If you start at Quincy, then you'll simply head west on state route 70 all the way to Oroville (about 80 miles). Or, if you start at Oroville, then you'll simply head east on 70 all the way to Quincy.
Travel up the Feather River Canyon through what has to be some of the most beautiful scenery in California. You will follow the Feather River all the way up the Canyon to Quincy, one minute your ridding on top of the Canyon looking down (over a thousand feet at times) and then traveling on too find yourself a mere few feet above the passing River. You will experience Waterfalls, pass through Tunnels cut into the rocky side of the Canyon, high Canyon walls, lots of green trees, pass by "older" PG&E power houses. Places worth a look are a couple of "old" resorts (Paxton was built in 1917) and the Keddi Resort. Places to eat or just get a soda include Belden Town and Caribou (no gas)
Road quality is good, you will find more than enough turns "sweeping and tight" to please anyone. They have been retrofitting the many bridges which have one way lights on them. The Highway is regularly patrolled by both the Highway Patrol and the Sheriffs Dept.
As mentioned the Amenities are few and far between, with no gas "that I'm aware of" Belden Town and Caribou have camp grounds and food, There are a couple of other "Resorts" still operating along the road, but you will have to explore them yourself.
There are several rest tops along the route that will accommodate large groups of riders. You may also watch for the Train which follows the same route, sometimes above you and sometime below you. As you are passing through Gold County, watch for old claims like "Rich Bar" (pull out) and other.
- For the Winter Riders, keep in mind that because the Canyon can get cold and damp in the Winter, it also is know for "Black Ice" although I have not had a problem with this myself (I'm up and down the road all year) I do watch my step in the Winter and watch for frost etc. and other signs of freezing and I have turned around and came home on occassion. Also they sand the road during the Winter towards the Quincey end and there is some residue on the road in early spring. - View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .
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