Submit your on this road.
Love twisty roads and Highway 36, from the coast to Red Bluff, is one of the finest motorcycle roads I’ve ridden.
However, watch out for trucks with long trailers.
One of the riders in our group was forced off the road by a truck hauling a grader on a trailer.
The truck crossed the center line, well across the on-coming traffic lane, forcing our rider to run off the road into the embankment.
The rider and his passenger received minor injuries but his motorcycle was badly damaged.
Could have been worse – twenty yards earlier, rather than hitting the embankment, he would have gone over a cliff and the results would have been fatal.
- Anonymous (8/24/13)
Fantastic ride. The first 15 minutes out of Hydesville was rough pavement and a fair bit of traffic.
After that, it opens up and delivers twisties, views, and a lot of newly paved road. Wonderful.
- 'J-Twin', Vancouver, BC (6/23/09)
This segment of Highway 36 is more technical than the segment to the east of Highway 3.
Many high-speed sweepers, goes over several passes.
Has a one-lane section.
No stops or cross traffic, beautiful sweepers, very scenic.
- Rider from Sunnyvale, CA (6/8/08)
Thursday morning after Lassen is disappointing as a photographer and so-so for a motorcyclist.
However, the afternoon ride easily negates the entire last two days.
Ladies and gentlemen, I'm speaking of the absolute best ride of my entire life!
Starting at Red Bluff and continuing to the coast.
SR 36 already took me from Chester to Red Bluff.
I expected little from there until the coastal range.
It started as soon as I turned off the CA 99 & I-5 business route.
The terrain starts as small gentle rolling hills with sparsely scattered live oak trees.
At first, it reminded me of my favorite riding area, the 'Hill Country' in central Texas.
I soon realized it was much more than that.
The road hugs the terrain with no graded 'cut-throughs'.
You get almost unlimited forward sight with again, virtually no traffic.
As you continue west, the terrain gradually becomes increasingly rugged.
It is quite some time before the road starts to 'cut through' the terrain.
It is impossible to describe the feeling of a fantastic road that is constantly changing and remaining constantly perfect!
To me, this is motorcycling nirvana.
No matter what your riding style or whether scenery interests you, if you don't enjoy this road, you are dead or you should not be a biker!
The thought occurred to me of the possible reason twisties are so important to most of us.
I once read that the rhythmic motion of rocking in a rocking chair causes the brain to secrete serotonin, a bio chemical.
Serotonin regulates mood, producing a sense of well being.
This road has a rhythm, but more complicated than a rocking chair and certainly more fun!
I deduce that it must cause the brain to secrete the 'nirvana' bio chemical!
At the high elevation part, I begin to feel as if I took a wrong turn.
The road often narrowed to one lane and curves were hairpins.
It was only another road personality change and lasted less than ten miles.
The high smoke over-cast sky had some detraction.
This caused the scenery to be not photogenic, though it was awe-inspiring.
It was probably good the sky was over cast.
I never would have made it if I got into my picture-taking mode.
At one point, I had to stop and take a break from the twisties.
It was a thing repeated numerous times throughout the trip.
No, I am not finished with CA 38.
For the two-thirds of the route, 80 miles or so, there might have been 15 vehicles of oncoming traffic and less than 6 encounters in my direction.
Even on the remainder, the traffic wasn't bad.
What else could you ask for?!
- Cal Mowrer, Dallas, Texas (8/25/07)
One of the best motorcycle roads in the state.
- Rider from Quincy, California (7/13/07)