RoadRUNNER’s Bucket Roads: California SR-49

Mar 14, 2015 View Comments by

Bucket Road   CA 49The numerical naming of California State Route 49 is no accident. This north-south scenic road pases through many of the historic mining communities of the 1849 California gold rush. A portion of the route is also known as the Gold Country Highway. This route is saturated with history, scenery, and curves.

Roadway: Well maintained two-lane

Scenery: River carved canyons, preserved mining towns, museums, panoramic vistas, lakes, expansive meadows and tall fir trees, and redwoods in the higher elevations

Curves: Many curvvy sections

Traffic: Logging trucks and other large vehicles, along with low speed limit areas, make much of this byway a cruise rather than a route for asphalt straffing.

Distance: Approximately 310 miles (one way)

Roadside Services: Plentiful

Time Required: Allocate at least two days each way to allow plenty of time for sightseeing and stops.

Technical Difficulty: Moderate

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