Siskiyou County

Date reviewed - 8/05
Fun . . . . . . . . 4
Difficulty . . . . .EXTREMELY HIGH
Traffic . . . . . . None to Light
Driveways . . . .None
Condition . . . . Very Poor to Good
Length . . . . . .17 miles

After Cecilville, Salmon River Rd. won't be much of a surprise. For the first few miles after the intersection with Sawyers Bar you pass several houses, farms, and even a small school so it would be advised to keep your speed down. This section is also in pretty good shape; while still technically only a 1-lane road it is wider than it has been and the corners aren't quite so hazardous.

This doesn't last, however, and conditions get even worse than Cecilville - I didn't think that was possible. The road is VERY narrow, VERY tight blind switchback corners, a nice long drop down to the river (no guardrails of course), and the edge of pavement doesn't look to sturdy. Eventually, however, you come around a corner and all of a sudden the road is back to a nice 2-lane country highway. This runs for 7 or 8 miles to Highway 96 and you can have quite a bit of fun on this section, especially after crawling all the way down Cecilville or Sawyers Bar and then most of Salmon River Rd. Watch out for 2 15mph hairpin corners as you get close to Hwy. 96 (see map).

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Red: Salmon River Rd.
Yellow: Cecilville Rd.
Blue: Highway 96
Purple: Sawyers Bar Rd.

Red: Single lane section, very tight and dangerous.
Cyan: Single lane but fairly straight, some "residential".
Blue: Two lane road with double yellow down the center.
Yellow: Cecilville Rd.
Purple: Sawyers Bar Rd.

It's a lot more frightening at ground level and 40mph, that's a pretty long fall from the road to the river bottom.
Looking east from the intersection with Sawyers Bar.