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4.71 out of 5 Rider Rating 4.71
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Jul 31, 2007

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Guest
June 3, 2010
Just completed Red Bluff to Fortuna on route 36.…
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July 25, 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 24, 2012
11 McR Points
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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J_OB
January 8, 2014
2 McR Points
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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Guest
December 26, 2010
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
I took this road in 2006 as part of a week long trip from SoCal to northernCa. Being on a BMW R1200RT with full luggage was a challenge to say the least. This road never quits for the full 140 miles. One corner was downhill, first gear and over 180 degrees, turning back on itself. I traveled from East to West starting in Red Bluff. About halfway through there is a very steep downhill where I started coming off the seat and sliding up over the tank! Fortunately I was going slow enough to not get airborne, as it came up abruptly. This is a road to stay alert on and not become over confident. The lighter the bike the more the fun.By the time I got to the coast my arms were sore from turning and working the clutch and throttle. I would love to do it again as I now know more what to expect. If this is not one of the best rated motorcycle roads in the U.S. it is only because it is not well known... and that's good
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