Classic Roads: California Route 299

Classic Roads: California Route 299

Route 299 runs east from US 101 in Arcata, CA. Near the coast, temperatures are usually cool and fog is often present, especially in the morning hours. The route has many high-speed, sweeping curves for riders wanting more than just a “relaxing ramble.”

Although 299 continues east of Redding, the section between the Pacific Coast and Redding is the most interesting and enjoyable section to ride. This region is heavily forested, including giant redwoods nearer the coast. From Willow Creek, heading east, 299 follows the meandering path of the Trinity River from Willow Creek for several miles before reaching its intersection with California SR-3.

Facts & Info

Road Condition: Quite good overall
Curves: Numerous banked, sweeping curves and some tighter ones
Traffic: Light to moderate during weekdays, but heavier on weekends with tourists traveling to and from the coast.
Distance: Approximately 140 miles
Technical Difficulty: Moderate
Best Time to Go: Summer and fall

Time Required

Three to four hours one-way at a moderate pace and depending on the number and duration of stops.


Fill up before leaving because much of the area is remote. The towns of Willow Creek and Weaverville have food and gas. The Strawhouse Café, at Strawhouse Resorts in Big Bar, CA, is a favored lunch stop for many riders.