Menocino County

Date reviewed - 8/05
Fun . . . . . . . . 4
Difficulty . . . . .High
Traffic . . . . . . None
Driveways . . . .None
Condition . . . . Fair
Length . . . . . .23 miles

This road is like many in this part of the state, especially those that cross over from the coast to the inland highways, in that it doesn't always have what many of us would consider the minimum amount of lanes for a 2-way road. While the whole 23 mile stretch isn't single lane width there are plenty of places that are so you need to use caution around those blind single-lane corners.

This is quite the picturesque road, from the ocean views on the western section to the overhanging trees and occasional vista when running along the top of a ridge. There is a long straight at the western end where Mountain View intersects with Highway 1, but other than that it is all curves and corners. Both ends of this road can get a little exciting as they have a %16 grade, but at least at the eastern end the pavement is considerably better and the road is wider for this extreme hill section. The eastern 7 miles (before the last 1 mile drop down hill) has many places where there is no center stripe and steep hillside blind switchbacks. It raises the danger factor but it sure is fun.

If you are headed east, once you reach Highway 128 you can head south for about 1 mile to Highway 253 (see below).

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Mountain View (red) from the coast to Hwy. 128 & Hwy. 253 (blue).
This should look interesting.
Great scenery, awesome corners, nobody else around.
The same section as above, from an aerial perspective.