HWY 199 / REDWOOD HWY.
Del Norte CountyDate reviewed - 8/05
Fun . . . . . . . . 3
Difficulty . . . . .Low
Traffic . . . . . . Medium to High
Driveways . . . .None
Condition . . . . Good
Length . . . . . .36 miles (to stateline)
Hwy. 199 (Redwood Highway) isn't that great of a road considering what else is in the area, or at least it would be a good road but the fact that it is a direct route from Grants Pass in Oregon to Hwy. 101 means there is too much traffic on average to have much fun. I suppose that late at night or early on Sunday morning you would get the road to yourself, but beyond that this is a pretty heavily used road.
That being said, if you are headed to or from central Oregon from the coast than this is a pretty good route to take as it runs pretty much straight from Crescent City to Grants Pass. As soon as the road crosses in to Oregon it straightens out with only the occasional curve, and when you get close to Grants Pass the speed limit drops to 50mph in a double fine zone. This didn't seem to matter much to the cars passing me at a very high rate of speed, they were all wearing Oregon plates.
On the California side of the border, the road itself is actually pretty impressive. As it is a State highway it's in pretty good shape with lots of safety features and the occasional passing zone. The scenery is pretty great as it follows a river along the bottom of a steep valley for most of its length inside CA. There are sections with pretty high-speed sweeping corners and areas with tight switch-backs and s-curves. Even with traffic, when coupled with Hwy. 101 this is still a better alternative than the 5.- Back to Region
Once you cross into Oregon the road gets much less interesting.
This can be great if there isn't anybody on the road in front of you.