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Unreal Route 89

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By 530lonerider (5 McR Points) on Apr 30, 2013

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Guest
February 12, 2014
I rode this route over Labor Day in 2013. The…
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Rugger
2 McR Points
July 30, 2013
I just did this route in July 2013,and it's…
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Written Directions

From Red Bluff CA, take route 36 east to Lassen Volcanic National Park, turn north on route 89, that secction of the Hwy is open only from late spring to Fall due to snow, during summer it is a real breath taking sight, there is a charge to go through Lassen Volcanic National Park, but it's worth it, I've done that ride more than three different times, Then turn west on route 44, that will take you to redding.

Scenery

Since you leave Red Bluff, on Route 36, the view is just some special, to start there is a section of the road that goes straight for about 8 miles, but don't worry, that is just to give you the chance to admire the landscape to both sides of the road, with endless miles of lava rock and redish clay combine to form a picture that you'll never forget, then the Hwy treats you with miles of twists and corners to enjoy, along with the view of the side hills right by the road, so close that you can feel youself as part of them. And when you turn on Route 89, you'll have a road that feels like is eaten by the pine trees, that gives you the gift of a cool brease, to leave behind the warm weather of the valley, as you clime the mountain road you are going to experience the most amazing view, to your right there are all the mountains that were so impressive, they will be shrunken by the one you are climing and you'll be standing way above them, and they will look like a carpet at your feet, to your left, there is the real impresive Mt. Lassen, the giant that invites you to come back, with the simple view that is offering to you. Then when you get to the summit of the road at 8,511 feet, the road starts to get lost in the pine trees again but this time it offers a different landscape for you to conquer, but the opposite happens, because is all this what takes over your senses. Right where 89 meets 44 there is Manzanita lake, and a musseum, and to end your ride Route 44 is going to open itself to you with a relaxing, but still breathtaking 30 mile ride to Redding.

Drive Enjoyment

This road is in good condition all the way, with a few blemishes on the park, but nothing major, and not to many. There are miles of twists and corners to enjoy but the ride is especially twisty and challenging on the Route 89 section!

Tourism Opportunities

The park has a theatre where they play a movie about the park every hour, they sell refreshments and food, (this is at both ends of the park).

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Guest
February 12, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Sport - Touring
I rode this route over Labor Day in 2013. The pavement is new and ultra smooth, and the scenery in spectacular in the NP. Take your time, it's definitely worth lowering your mph's. Traffic was nearly non-existent...on Labor Day!
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Rugger
July 30, 2013
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
I just did this route in July 2013,and it's awesome! The road at Hwy44 is pristine! Probably a year old, smooth, no patches, or repairs. If you want to extend the ride you can turn East on 44 and go into Susanville before turning around and heading back to Redding. Its a very relaxing but fun cruise. Very little traffic... The temps were in the 70's, and the scenery is so close, you get a 3D-type feeling. Its warm/hot coming back into the valley, but the mountain ride(s) are worth it! I highly recommend it!
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