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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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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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Guest
December 27, 2010
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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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Guest
December 27, 2013
0 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
This would be a great road for sport bikes, but not so much for my bike, which is a large, heavy, touring model. Best to take it easy riding this highway, especially if you are new to motorcycling or ride a big bike like mine. There are a lot of twists and turns and often you don't know which way the road it going to turn until you get to the crest of the hill. For the most part the road is in decent shape, but there are stretches with no centre line. Be safe!
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RedWing04
February 21, 2015
38 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Touring
One super ride from mile 0 to the end. The description given in the "Road Quality" section is spot-on. This is one road you will definitely remember and want to ride again. The route takes you through several elevation changes, through farming and ranching country and treed mountains. Always interesting and good scenery when you can take your eyes off the road, which isn't frequently if you are moving along. This road has over 900 bonafide curves, my wife counted them. The curves are truly curves, not like most of the 318 curves on the "Tail of the Dragon". If you counted the curves on this road like the "Dragon" you would probably have over 2500-3000 curves. This road takes several hours and you will definitely want a cool one when you stop for the evening.
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