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Offline kozel4012

Klamath River to Arcata
« on: May 14, 2012, 12:21:53 pm »
Can anyone comment on the quality of the route from Yreka to Arcata (Highways 96 and 299)?  I'm interested to cycle this in late July.

Thanks!

Ed Kozel

Offline RangerTom

Re: Klamath River to Arcata
« Reply #1 on: May 14, 2012, 01:28:02 pm »
I recall an interesting/fun blog " No Doggie Left Behind " (http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/page/pic/?doc_id=611&doctype=journal&o=1&page=1&size=large&v=2) I had read a few years ago. The couple - and perhaps a doggie   rode up in that part of California on a bit of Highway 96, a good portion of Highway 3, and a chunk of Highway 96 (part of a longer tour that included Northeastern Calif areas).

Maybe not a lot of real helpful planning info in the blog,  but quite a fun read as I recall!!

Offline cgarch

Re: Klamath River to Arcata
« Reply #2 on: May 14, 2012, 08:31:33 pm »
Hmm, very high quality as far as I'm concerned. 96 has generally excellent pavement, low traffic and some of the best views around. Supply stops are a tad thin, but from Happy Camp on, they're much better. Plenty of places to camp, the Klamath is drop-dead gorgeous, and there are some good side trips worthy of your time - e.g. turn up the road to Forks of Salmon from Somes Bar for a superbly scenic one lane road hugging a cliff. I have photos posted from a club tour last year here http://gallery.me.com/cgarch#100030  Wayne's journal is highly recommended as he also covers the stretch of 299 from Willow Creek to Arcata (in 2011) - not the best riding after 96 but what the hey? http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Cascadia and here's another one http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/Klamath2008 . The only drawback I can think of is that it can get really hot in the river gorges but since you're generally riding downhill, I doubt you'll find it too bad. Searching on Klamath at CGOAB should get you additional results.

Craig
Santa Rosa, CA
« Last Edit: May 15, 2012, 05:04:28 pm by cgarch »

Offline kozel4012

Re: Klamath River to Arcata
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2012, 03:55:39 am »
Thanks to everyone for the encouraging comments.  Last question - anyone have any experience with Shovel Creek road from Klamath Falls to Yreka?  It looks OK and would be much shorter than Klamath Falls-Ashland-Yreka...

Thanks,

Ed