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4.75 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.75
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Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)

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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Aug 01, 2007

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Guest
June 4, 2010
Just completed Red Bluff to Fortuna on route 36.…
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July 26, 2009
I was just riding 36 and hwy 3 today it's a great…
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Written Directions

start in REDBLUFF , CA . hwy 36 , going WEST ,towards FORTUNA ,CA . there will be no mistake you are on the right road when you see the twisty road sign that has " next 140 miles " under the arrow . stay on highway 36 until it ends in FORTUNA , CA . ENJOY AND BE SAFE !!! LITTLE OR NO CELL RECEPTION !!!.

Scenery

some pretty decent view's from higher elevations , also goes through the redwood forest ... but you won't have much time to take your eyes off the twisties anyway!!!

Drive Enjoyment

most likely the craziest elevation changes you will ever see (in the eastern portion from red bluff ,CA ) . truly resembles a rollercoaster in spots . this road is 140 miles of twisty heaven ,I'm not kidding !! very good road surface ,though it does get a little rough in spots farther west, and the center line briefly disappears for a few miles farther west . lots of places with out guardrails ,and long drops ,so be careful!!! every road will seem very trivial after you ride this. this 140 miles will take around 4 hours to do.

Note: BE SAFE BE SAFE BE SAFE !!!! most roads we travel don't do anything too "weird" . this is the exception .this road ( mainly on the eastern portion ,first 20 or so miles ) will have you going up a hill , making a right at the top ,and before you can even see over the crest , as your still turning right ,the road goes left .serious. after the rollercoaster road has smoothed out, its somewhat readable from there on ,but NEVER predictable !!! i have some pictures on my myspace page ,will try and get some up here too :-)

The perfect road !!! this is just a very small sample very nice turns

Tourism Opportunities

i seem to remember only 2 gas stations ( neither have super fill waaay up in red bluff ) and maybe 3 spots for food . not much out there but crazy fun !!! Another view along the amazing Rt 36

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Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)
Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)
Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)
Twisty Road - Next 140 miles!!! (California Route 36)
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DeDe
January 25, 2012
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I had the privilege to be able to ride this road twice during the summer of 2011. The first time was in June as part of a solo ride. Starting from Red Bluff, in the pouring rain, the first 20 miles or so was an absolute blast twisting through the grassy foot hills. Once I started up the mountain it was a bit scary - rock slides, pavement slips and a low cloud sealing made visibility less than optimal. The single track section had several heaves and slips that apparently happened that morning from the large amount of rain. I wondered several times that day what possessed me to attempt this road alone in a storm on a cruiser. Not to mention Cal-Trans was working on some bridges and running huge dump trucks pulling trailers (they take more than their share of the road- it was close). With road construction and one 30min. pit stop it took me about 4 1/2 to get into Fortuna - I made it and now had serious bragging rights lol. So when my old man and I returned to CA in August I just had to ride the road again. This time it was a very warm sunny day; Cal-trans had done an excellent job of repairing most of the road and were working on widening the single track section. We made Fortuna in just over three hours with lots of picture stops and road construction. There are many technical roads out there; however, Hwy 36 is definitely the longest technical road I've ever found.
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Guest
May 6, 2009
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
All of the above and more, I remember thinking that for me the entire trip was at about 50 mph and there was not much time to look around because you were constantly lining yourself up with your line through the corner and the Apex . I don't have a sprt bike but I had a blast anyway...I will do it again...watch for animals
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J_OB
January 9, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Other
There is now only 1 gas station in Platina and only has regular. Wildwood store burned down in 2012. I've ridden this, the Dragon, Twisted Sisters and more. Hwy 36 is the #1 road in my opinion
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