Route options from Lake Shasta to Shelter Cove?

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  1. AC09

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    Hi All, Looking for some local advice on route options. I will leaving Seattle in early August for a few days down to the Lost Coast and back. My current schedule allows a day to get from Lake Shasta area to Shelter Cove, with the intention of riding the Avenue of the Giants along the way.

    My question is... Is it better to take 299 W to 3 S out of Redding? or head further south and take 36 W the whole way? Are there better options I am missing? The timing/mileage looks like a wash between the two.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated and thank you in advance! Also... open invite if anyone wants to hook up for a day or two of riding I will be on following the itinerary below. PM me if you you're interested.

    Crater Lake to Lake Shasta - August 6th
    Lake Shasta to Shelter Cover - August 7th
    Lost Coast and into Oregon - August 8th

    Thanks!
    AC
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  2. TwilightZone

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    >"My question is... Is it better to take 299 W to 3 S out of Redding? or head further
    south and take 36 W the whole way? Are there better options I am missing?
    The timing/mileage looks like a wash between the two."

    Hwy 36 is having some major roadwork on 'Buck' mountain...
    (between Dinsmore and Bridgeville). Right now it is closed weekdays for 4 hours in the am,
    open 1 way 'controlled' traffic at lunch, and closed 4 hours in the pm.
    I suspect it may be closed on August 7th. Will have to check later on and see.

    Ok... routes. BTW... What kind of bike are you riding?

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    Back to Hwy 36 routes.

    Hwy 3 south from 299 to Hayfork -- That is some good stuff.
    Hwy 36 Red Bluff -- That was good stuff... but lately the road has been 'improved'...
    some of the 'old' curves/drops are now gone. (sighs).

    There are a few more routes on 36:

    One is the 'back way' from Redding to 36.
    Buenaventura Blvd (south off 299)... Placer Rd... Centerville... Igo... Ono... Platina.
    Great road starts about Igo... then it er... improves (for bikes).
    The road from Ono to Platina is pretty awesome. Last part is supermoto stuff.
    Platina 'starts' a lot of the nice tight curves that still exist on 36.

    Another way... 299 to Hwy 3... Hwy 3 to Hayfork... but turn off a
    few miles before Hayfork..on 'Wildwood' road.
    Nice twisty road will take you over to Hwy 36... just west of Platina.
    Dumps you into the nice curves on 36.

    There are a couple way to miss the construction on Hwy 36.
    West of Hayfork... uou will come down a mountain... and
    go through an old town called 'Forest Glen' at the bottom... then will climb
    up 'South Fork Mtn'.

    At the crest of that hill... you can turn right and take paved FH1 over to
    Hwy 299. (50 miles or so). That road is a great back-country ride.
    Just stay on the 'main' pavement... watch for potholes and potlocals.
    Take your camera. FH1 is highly recommended.

    Other way... (at the crest of the hill). You can take SF mountain road
    to Cedar Springs... Cedar Springs to Ruth... Ruth to Zenia... Zeina bluff to
    Alderpoint... Alderpoint to Garberville. (That road turns to dirt/gravel until
    you get to Ruth.) (This route might need more description.

    (36 'closed' construction is west of SF Mountain)
    ------------------------------------------------------ end of 36 discussion.

    Now, if 36 is 'closed'... and you don't want to take FH1...
    there are couple other ways you can go... with equally spectacular rides.

    North of Shasta. Go through Weed. Pick up 'Old 99' highway on the east side of I-5.
    Take Stewart Springs road up over Mt. Eddy...(it turns to FS 17)
    then goes down to Hwy 3 above Trinity Lake. Great ride.

    North on Hwy 3, goes over Scott Mountain. Going up the South side of Scott Mtn may
    be the best street bike road in NW California.
    Over Scott Mtn, drop down to the old mining town of Callahan.
    South on Hwy 3... takes you back to Weaverville (299) take hwy 299 to 101,
    101 to Redway, Redway 25 miles or so to Shelter Cove.

    North of Shasta. (same description as before)... pick up the 'Gazelle-Callahan' road.
    Lovely road. Will dump you out on Hwy 3 over at the old mining town of 'Callahan'.

    Ok, if you do go to Callahan, take the westbound 'Cecilville/Salmon River Road',
    right on the north end of er... 'town'.

    Great ride going up to Cecilville... then the road turns very narrow and runs along the
    Salmon river to Hwy 96. But that route is spectacular. Make sure you have your camera out.
    (BTW: Don't ride it if you're not comfortable on your bike.)

    Salmon River road ends up on Hwy 96. South on 96 takes you to Willow Creek...
    then turn right to the coast. On 101, 80 miles south to Redway,
    Redway take the road to Shelter Cove.

    Probably enough typing for now!
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  3. AC09

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    Twilight, thank you so much for the detailed response! That inside tip on the construction will save me big time! Looks like I have lots of great options to look over :hmmmmm

    To answer your question... I am riding a Tiger 800 XC, but sticking to mostly pavement for this run.

    Thanks again!
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  4. Foot dragger

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    There are soo many backroads sneaky ways to get over to the coast from hiway 5,but many have gravel sections or are all gravel,or are hard to describe and then find. But,as mentioned the road along the Salmon River from Cecilville/Callahan is pretty cool,and runs into 96 on the Klamath River.
    If a person was camping,or wanted a swim,there is Lots of good river access along the Klamath and it tends to have good water flow most of summer.
    If you take a right on 96 your heading to Happy Camp and towards Oregon,some cool roads coastward from there.
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  5. TwilightZone

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    >"I am riding a Tiger 800 XC,"

    Yup. Good bike for this sort of trip.
    Couple more ways to avoid construction on 36.

    1) Mad River/Ruth Road. South end of Ruth Lake. Ruth/Zenia Road. Go to Zenia.
    2) Van Duzen River Road. Couple miles west of Ruth Road. It goes to Zenia too.
    (If you want a little gravel... up over Lassics ! Neat country. Ends up at Zenia.)

    Couple ways down to 101 from Zenia.

    1) Zenia 'Bluffs' road down to Alderpoint. Potholed but ok. Straight from Zenia.
    2) Go south from Zenia to Kettenpom. Turn west at Kettenpom and take the Hoglin Ranch Road down to Alderpoint road.
    That road is much better than Zenia Bluffs road. IMHO: The 'main' road in that country.
    Kettenpom store has gas too. IMHO: Good to go in there and maintain a back-country store.

    Alderpoint road takes you into Garberville. Redway is just north of Garberville (A mile or so).
    Shelter Cove road takes off from north end of Redway.

    Debs in Redway has great burgers/fries.
    South end of 'town' in the er... 'Majestic' shopping center. (???)

    Backcountry Gas:

    Hayfork (er... downtown),
    Platina (gas at store),
    Kettenpom (store),
    Cecileville (modern self-serve),
    Shelter Cove (at uphill store).

    Be aware on the back roads when trying to bypass construction on 36...
    a lot of local people will be doing the same !

    Lost Coast: Shelter Cove/Ettersburg Road/Honeydew/Petrolia/Ferndale. About 80 miles or so.
    Can make it more interesting... Shelter Cove/Chemise Mtn Road/4 Corners/Whitethorn/Thorn Junction, left back to Ettersburg Road.
    The Chemise/Whitethorn Road is pretty interesting. More interesting... visit the Sinkyone park. You may be amazed.
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  6. AC09

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    Thank you again! Especially for the info on the fuel stops! If we ever cross paths, the beers are one me.

    This has me curious. Based on google earth, the road seems..... decent? What is the biggest concern on this road? Lack of space with oncoming traffic? no guardrails? debris? all of the above?
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    ">Lack of space with oncoming traffic? no guardrails? debris? all of the above?"

    Heh... yes ! Portions of the road are blasted out of sheer rock. Maybe 1-1/4 lanes wide.
    You can look straight down to the river... a couple hundred feet below.



    If you're comfortable on a bike... no issue. If you have fear of heights...
    and maybe if are a newbie on a bike. Salmon river is not a good place.

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    Above photo was during a fire... lots of burning material and rocks
    coming down from above. Usually the road surface is much cleaner.

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    They used to run Log Trucks down that road. Truckers usually survived by CB radio.
    They would call out every mile they came up... and coming down... and call out cars with no radio.

    Trucks would wait in a wide spot to allow other trucks/cars to pass on the way up.
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    This is FH1...

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  9. XSCC

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    and any one of these routes,shasta to shelter,would be one long,long day
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    What about 299 to the coast from Redding? I rode the route your talking about in the opposite direction. Started in Los Banos to Gilroy to meet up with a friend then up the coast went on 101 north of San Francisco's and cut over on 20, headed east on 36 then up 3 then east on 299 (someone on here was kind enough to point out that 36 east of 3 was having allot of construction. Stayed in Redding for the night had breakfast in Redding and rode back on 5. My ride was to rushed, I didn't get to enjoy the views as much as I would have liked. Your route looks great. If you don't already know there's at least a dozen spots that had avalanches and have been cleared but are single lane (mostly on the coast) or there is lots of gravel on the road for a couple of miles in each direction happened on 299-3-36 section. With the gravel on the and sharp curves I actually pulled off to let a local in a pick up pass me because he could go twice as fast as me. A section of one of those roads looked like a loosely paved logging road, clear cut around the road. It looked like they were going to come back through and make the road straighter in that area. I did carry a litter of gas just for the peace of mind. Some beautiful sections.
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    It's a 5 hour ride, even if you took your time and turned into 8 (eating shipping for gas) going at your pace that's a wonderful day.
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  12. TwilightZone

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    >"What about 299 to the coast from Redding?
    and any one of these routes, shasta to shelter,would be one long,long day"

    Hmmm... Hwy 299 over is an easy ride, usually you see Harley's on that road.

    We ran into lots of construction yesterday... both on 299 and 36.
    Mostly were 15 minute waits in the hot sun.

    Another ADV rider went through the big construction site on 36...
    the 4 hour closure wasn't active then... but, it may be active pretty quick though.

    If you go 'reasonably direct' on the highways... Redding/Shelter cove is maybe 250 miles.
    Redding to Eureka 150 miles. 70 miles to Redway, 25 miles or so over to Shelter Cove.
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    299 = roadwork,tourists,motorhomes,traffic,only some interesting corners and kind of a drone.
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    On 299 I average seeing 3 highway patrol cars between Redding and the coast, with speed traps east or west of Weaverville the norm this time of year.
    I am sure I have seen a chp on 36 but can't remember when.
    Of coarse this is subject to change without notice.
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    I worry more about cows/deer on 36. I came drifting out of a corner playing Eddie Lawson one morning on 36.....8 or 10 Cows taking up almost both lanes.
    The signs say "free range cattle" But thats the 1st time I have come across them since Ive been running 36.
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    Was just in the area last weekend for the 1st time since I was a teenager. Highlights for me were:

    Beer and burger at Etna Brewing.
    Hwy 3 following the Trinity from being a river to being a wet patch
    199 next to the Smith River
    Best was Forks of the Salmon(cecilville) and Hwy 93 - drop dead gorgeous, and drop dead if you don't pay attention!

    Hit some of this and the Klamath to the ocean, if you can fit in Bald Hills Road that would be another bonus. You won't find any better riding.
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    >"Beer and burger at Etna Brewing."

    Hamburgers have greatly improved at Etna Brewing.
    Used to be good... now they are a 8 to 10 on the 'hamburgler' scale.
    Equally good Dave's at Ft Jones.
    Snack Shak at Orick.

    >"Hwy 3 following the Trinity from being a river to being a wet patch"

    Hwy 3 up over Scott Mtn (South Face) is awesome.
    If you are in that area again... take FH 17 over Mt Eddy to I-5.
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    [QUOTE="TwilightZone, post: 32772163, member: 113485

    >"Hwy 3 following the Trinity from being a river to being a wet patch"

    Hwy 3 up over Scott Mtn (South Face) is awesome.
    If you are in that area again... take FH 17 over Mt Eddy to I-5.[/QUOTE]

    Was that the one that said Castella 27 miles? Looked interesting.
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    >"Was that the one that said Castella 27 miles? Looked interesting."

    No. But that 'Callahan/Gazelle' ride is very good too.

    FS 17 turns off just as you start the Scott Mtn climb from the south.
    Almost looks like the FS 17 road is the er... 'natural' road...
    but then Hwy 3 turns left and climbs the mountain.

    Number of routes from I-5 to Hwy 3

    Dog Creek Road (Co Highway 21) from East Side Road (Trinity Lake) (D/S or Adventure Bike ?)
    Ramshorn road (Hwy 3 to Castle Crags) Can also hook through to Lake Siskyou. (D/S or Adventure Bike)
    FS 17 (Hwy 3 to Hwy 99 via Mt. Eddy) (42N17)
    Callahan/Gazelle road.
    Scarface Road. (Various Scott Valley roads to Hwy 3). (D/S or Adventure Bike). East side is rutted/potholed.
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    Thanks again to everyone for the suggestions! :super

    I met up with a buddy last night who decided to join the trip and we plotted out the route and it looks like we will be doing the following....

    Lake Shasta -> Redding -> Platina (via Placer Rd/Platina Rd) -> Mad River via 36 W -> North on FS1 to 299 W -> 299 W to 101 S -> 101 S to Redway -> Redway to Shelter Cove -> Shelter Cove to :snore

    Can't wait!
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