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Old 05-17-2020, 02:40 PM   #1
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Calif route advise, please

Longing for the ocean, we are ending our extended snow bird in Tucson.

Destination No Cali/Oregon coast.
Going to get to I5 up to Sacramento then cut over to Hwy 101

My question is what is the best way to cut over? 20, 36, or 299?
Looking for less hills and straightest route.

Thanks for your advise
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Old 05-17-2020, 03:04 PM   #2
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From Sacramento north on I5, Route 20 to 101 is by far the easiest with fewest hills and curves. Route 36 is the worst, in fact they don't recommend trailers and it's so narrow towards the middle the road loses its lane striping. Route 299 between I5 and 101 is a decent road though a few long steep grades and lots of twists and turna along the way.

Bigger issue is finding a park that's open for business. As of today, most all parks and campgrounds are closed due to Covid-19.
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Old 05-17-2020, 03:18 PM   #3
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You can take The Loneliest Road in America to get there. It will keep you completely out of California.
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Old 05-17-2020, 11:01 PM   #4
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20 takes longer, not sure itís really easier unless you want to be on that part of the coast. 299 has been greatly improved in the last couple years. I have towed over to the coast both ways several times and wouldnít hesitate to go 299 if the North coast was my destination. If you are thinking Mendocino then go 20. 36 isnít fun in a car. Took it once in the last year or so to go to my cabin on the Trinity River during the big fires. Very narrow and twisty.
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If you take 20 to cross over, which I suggest you can miss the winding turns along Clear Lake if you take the south side route around the lake. Take Hwy 53 which takes you around what is called the Lower Lake. This time of the year and because of Covid-19 there is probably no place to stay until you get to 101. Once on 101 headed north I would suggest stay at Golden Rule which is about 2 miles south of Willits. It is $36 a night with full hook ups, the entrance will be on the left side of the high way. If you get to Willits you have gone too far.
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You may have a hard time finding places to stay, remember Covid-19.

Golden Rules is closed.
http://goldenrulervpark.com/?utm_source=GoodSam
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Old 05-18-2020, 05:22 PM   #7
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calif route advise, update

I knew the great people in this forum would have the answers. Thank you so very much. We will follow your advice.


Understand Calif is not open as yet due to Covid. Probably will continue to melt in Tucson until first of June then decide to go or wait another week.
Fingers crossed.
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You can take I 80 to Vallejo and the 37 from Vallejo to Novato on the 101. Pretty much flat traveling around the north end of San Francisco Bay. Mixed 2/4 lane.

20 is a nice two lane route with some moderate grades and passing lanes. I second traveling up the west side of the lake. Not much to see after Lakeport since the wildfires burned everything two years ago.

299 great road. Beautiful scenery. moderate grades, passing lanes.

36 uh. When you're 60 years old and your mother yells at you for taking 36 from the coast to Red Bluff you know its not the best. You don't want to get off the beaten track on this road. This is California unchanged from 150 years ago
My sister loves 36, but she rides a BMW sport bike.
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DO NOT take Hwy. 1 North of Fort Bragg. There is nothing to see and only misery towing your AS on that road. Take my word (I didn't follow the advice of others), and avoid the temptation to drive what appears to be a scenic route.
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A little more information please,
How is 101 north of where 20 connects to it?
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101 becomes 2/4 lane mix after you merge on from the 20. Excellent road non the less. Take the Ave of The Giants off ramp north of Garberville for a nice relaxing (45 mph) drive. It parallels and meets up with the 101 south of Fortuna and gives you a chance to explore the Redwoods.
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For what it's worth, I was just notified by the State of California that my June 2nd Patrick's Point State Park campground reservation was cancelled. The email said all reservations through June 7 are being notified.

The reason given is to prevent overcrowding and maintain physical distancing.

Oh, and 101 north is as good a road as it gets in that part of the state. It's the main truck route from the south.
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Understand Calif is not open as yet due to Covid.
That's why I made the suggestion I did, so you could stay on the road and out of that state.
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Private parks I have stayed in the last week included the Banning KOA, Bear Mountain in Bakersfield, and Flag City RV Resort in Lodi. I understand local county parks are opening June 2nd.
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eerspts...You can take I 80 to Vallejo and the 37 from Vallejo to Novato on the 101. Pretty much flat traveling around the north end of San Francisco Bay. Mixed 2/4 lane.

299 great road. Beautiful scenery. moderate grades, passing lanes.
Having grew up on Contra Costa County and lived on that Treacherous Hwy 1 at Sea Ranch for 20 years, I would offer my (biased) opinions


"299 great road. Beautiful scenery. moderate grades, passing lanes." Agreed. Truck route and traffic inc the big rigs flows well. Lots of places to stop along the Trinity River.


"You can take I 80 to Vallejo....." assuming NB I-5, I would suggest at Lodi, take Hwy 12 West to Fairfield to connect with I-80 West. the I-80 to CA Hwy 101 connection is good but turn N onto Lakeville (at the light just past and over the rise from Sears Point t....oooops Sonoma Raceway). Lakeville Road (which becmes Hwy 116) takes you to Petaluma (and a KOA I believe) and 101 North. No need to go to Novato.


However if the wine country interests you....again Hwy 12 to Fairfied and I-80 west. However exit just past Cordelia Hwy 12...skirting Sonoma (the city) to the south and connect with 116 at rthe Lakeville Rd/Hwy 116 intersection. It's a lovely drive thru the Carnerous wine region of Napa/Sonoma Counties.

N on Hwy 101 you'll go towards Santa Rosa. Worthy stops are the Luther Burbankj gardens (Santa Rosa Plum and Cali Lilly) and the Charles Schultz Museum. Hwy 101 N thruy Healdsburg, Cloverdale, Garberville and the Ave of the Giants (IMO N section is best, Weott to Pepperwood). As much as I love this drive, the true adventure is....


From 101/Petaluma take Two Rock Rd (past Spring Hill Puppy Farm of Snoopy fame in Two Rock) to Bodega (Think Movie: The Birds) and on up Hwy 1 thru Jenner towards Gerstle Cove...best coastal hiking in CA bar none (Google map it for the aerial) to , Sea Ranch, Mendocino and Ft Bragg. I agree with the earlier poster. FB to Hwy 1 at Leggett, not even fun in the ol' Volvo XC. Jump over at FB to Hwy 101 at Willits. NB 101 is a great drive thru the Redwoods.

Admittedly as an exPat, a strong bias for Hwy 1 in Sonoma and Mendo Counties... but a wonderfully beautiful drive. Not a road to make tracks...a road to take pics and hikes. BTW there are lots of public access hiking trails along this section of coast.

https://www.airforums.com/forums/f42...ia-153732.html


While I was at it, here is the Gerstle Cove/ Salt Point SP google maps link
https://www.google.com/maps/place/Va...4d-122.2566367

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p.s. N of Eureka is Trinidad. Great Fish and Chips and cold beer if thru town down the hill to the wharf. Lots of good trailer parking as this is a launch ramp. Always seems to have sunny weather in the cove,
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A little more information please,
How is 101 north of where 20 connects to it?

CA HWY 101 in the northern part runs from SF up thru Petaluma and Santa Rosa to Yreka and points N.


CA Hwy 20 West bound from I-5/Williams (skirting Clear Lake to the N) connects CA Hwy 101 at Calpella (N of Ukiah). The western most part of Hwy 20 is from Ft Bragg, mentioned above to Willits. Calpella to Willits is HWY 101/Hwy 20.


https://www.google.com/maps/@39.3654...2364663,10.92z
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CA HWY 101 in the northern part runs from SF up thru Petaluma and Santa Rosa to Yreka and points N.
I think you meant Eureka. Yreka is on I5, south of Medford
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huge oooops, that's embarrassing. Thanks for the correction.


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I grew up in the Redding area where some of my family still live along with those up in Salem so I'm quite familiar with the area and get up there several times a year.
I'm the black sheep for moving to SoCal.
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Ha, just the opposite. Grew up in bay area grad hs late 60's. Crazy time then in bay area, transferred to SDSU in 70 with air Coryell. Many fine memories from your area.
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