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Golden State Highways and California Travel Directory

Over the years Gribblenation has compiled hundreds of articles relating to highways in California along with copious amount of scenery the State has to offer.  One thing that I've frequently received feedback on over the years is that it can be difficult to track down specific articles.  The Golden State Highways and California Travel Directory aims to change this by making a go-to page for anything we feature related to California.



Intro to Golden State Highways and California Travel Directory

Pictured above as the cover photo for the Golden State Highways and California Travel Directory is California State Route 89 above Lake Tahoe east of Emerald Bay.  I picked the above photo for a specific reason; it features a part of the State Highway System that often is overlooked by mainstream travel websites.  While California State Route 1 in Big Sur may garner much deserved attention the Highway System in California has even more to offer in the form of; massive freeways, countless differing mountain ranges, agricultural lined valleys, inland wetlands, and even deserts.

Of course as a Highway webpage Gribblenation primarily focuses on roads and their many stories.  That said we aren't exclusively road enthusiasts and often the roads we take are a vehicle to an endless array of adventure.  Within the Highway articles and stand alone features below there are stories of; towns, ghost towns, railroads, infrastructure, public works projects, National Parks, State Parks, National Forests, State Forests, hiking, and many other topics to be found related to California.


Version information and updates

-  Version 1; 6/30/20:  Simply put Version 1 is simply just piling everything we have related to California into this directory.  Likely updates will come to this page on a monthly basis as California articles are published.  Short term I would like to inventory what State Highways we have articles for and what remains. 


US Routes, California State Highways, and the Interstates

State Highway Historical Information

California's Rogue Sign State Routes

California State Routes

Paper Highways; California State Route 1 through the Lost Coast 

California State Route 1; the Cabrillo Highway through Big Sur and the Monterey Peninsula 

Historic Highway Alignments in Castroville (CA 1, CA 156, and CA 183) 

California State Route 1 from Interstate 10 in Santa Monica to San Luis Obispo 

California State Route 1 through the Tom Lantos Tunnels and the Devil's Slide 

California State Route 1 in Big Sur; Mud Creek reopens 

California State Route 1 Big Sur Closure Signs 

California State Route 1; exploring Point Lobos and Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park 

Challenger Coast Range Adventures Part 2; California State Route 1 from Sign County Route G16 to the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road 

California State Route 1; the new Pfeiffer Canyon Bridge opens 

California State Route 1; prelude to Pfeiffer Canyon Reopening 

California State Route 1; Ragged Point Closure south to San Luis Obispo 

California State Route 1; I-280 south CA 17 

California State Route 2 on the Glendale Freeway 

California State Route 2 on the Angeles Crest Highway 

California State Route 4; west from I-5 through the San Joaquin River Delta and Diablo Range to I-80 

Trans-Sierra Highways; California State Route 4 over Pacific Grade Summit and Ebbetts Pass 

Interstate 5; the West Side Freeway 

Interstate 5; Southern San Diego to CA 99 in Wheeler Ridge 

The western terminus of US Route 6, Laws Depot, and Carson & Colorado Railway 

Former California State Route 109 on current Interstate 8 west of I-5

California State Route 9 

Califoooornia! (Interstate 10 west from CA 86 over San Gorgonio to CA 60 in the Moreno Valley Badlands) 

The Paper Highways north of San Francisco Bay; CA 12, CA 17, CA 37, CA 181, CA 251, and CA 281 

California State Route 12 and the drive to stay alive in the Sacramento River Delta 

California State Route 13 

California State Route 14 on the Antelope Valley Freeway 

Legacy of California State Route 17; CA 13 (i), CA 17, the Nimitz Freeway, I-880 and the San Rafael-Richmond Bridge 

California State Route 18; Rim of the World to the Mojave Desert 

California State Route 20; from Emigrant Gap/I-80 west to CA 49 

California State Route 23; Canyons, Surface Streets, and Freeways 

California State Route 24 

California State Route 25; the Airline Highway  

California State Route 26 

California State Route 27 

Lake Tahoe Circle Tour Part 2; California State Route 28 and Nevada State Route 28 

California State Route 32 

California State Route 33 

California State Route 34 

California State Route 35; the Goat Trail 

California State Route 35; CA 9/Saratoga Gap to Great Highway 

California State Route 37; the Blood Alley of San Pablo Bay 

Long closed California State Route 39 at Islip Saddle 

The original alignment of US Route 40 over the Martinez-Benicia Ferry and Carquinez Scenic Drive 

Highways in and around Old Sacramento; US 40, US 99W, CA 16, CA 24, CA 70, CA 99, CA 275, and more 

Old US Route 40 on Donner Pass Road 

1889 Lanes Bridge Location (Old California State Route 41) 

California State Route 41; CA 46 north to CA 180/CA 168 

Old California State Route 41 in Fresno County and the expressway that never was 

California State Route 41; Madera County Line to Yosemite National Park 

Proto-California State Route 41 on Road 425B 

1906 North Fork Road Bridge Ruins (Old California State Route 41) 

1941 Lanes Bridge Renovations (Old California State Route 41) 

Old California State Route 41 (Kings County) 

California State Route 43; into the foggy void 

California State Route 43/Lacey Boulevard roundabout build

California State Route 45 

Hunting the early Lincoln Highway and US Route 48 from French Camp west to Altamont Pass 

Paper Highways of the Mojave Desert and San Gabriel Mountains; CA 48 (ii), CA 122, CA 196, and CA 249 

California State Route 49; the Golden Chain Highway Part 1 

California State Route 49; the Golden Chain Highway Part 2 

Lake Tahoe Circle Tour Part 3; US Route 50 and Cave Rock 

US Route 50 over Echo Summit 

California State Route 51; failed Interstate 80 on the Capitol City Freeway and the present I-80 Business Loop 

California State Route 52

California State Route 58/Old California State Route 178 west of CA 43 

California State Route 58 from CA 99 east to US 395 

Westside Parkway and Centennial Corridor; Future California State Route 58 

California State Route 59/Sign County Route J59 

California State Route 60/Former US 60/70 through the Moreno Valley Badlands  

Box Canyon Road (former US 60/70 and the second CA 195)

Old US Route 60/70 through Hell (Chuckwalla Valley Road and Ragsdale Road) 

California State Routes 112, 61, and 260 (a functional CA 61)

California State Route 62 and US Route 95 retrospective

California State Route 63 

Former California State Route 63 on Boyd Drive 

Paper Highways; California State Route 64 and the unbuilt Malibu Canyon-Whitnall Freeway 

Old California State Route 65 on Famoso-Porterville Highway, Sign County Routes J35/J22/J29 

California State Route 65 south segment 

The Arroyo Seco Parkway and early US Route 66 terminus points in downtown Los Angeles 

Challenger versus US Route 66 

Cajon Pass; Cajon Pass Toll Road, National Old Trails Road, US 66/91/395, and Interstate 15 

Return to California and US Route 66 

Return to US Route 66 in Barstow 

Route 66 Wednesday; Santa Monica to Pasadena 

Route 66 Wednesday; Pasadena to Cajon Pass 

Route 66 Wednesday; Cajon Pass through the Mojave Desert to Arizona  

California State Route 68

California State Route 70; the Feather River Highway 

California State Route 74; the Pines-to-Palms Highway  

California State Route 75 

California State Route 77; the real 'Shortest Signed" State Highway 

California State Route 79 

Interstate 80 west over the Carquinez Bridge to the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge 

Interstate 80 over the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge 

Donner Pass; from 30,000 feet 

California State Route 82/Old US Route 101 on El Camino Real from I-280 to I-380 

The mystery of the original California State Route 83 

California State Route 84 west from I-280 over the Santa Cruz Mountains to CA 1

California State Route 84 west from I-880 over the Dumbarton Bridge  

California State Route 85 

California State Route 86 

California State Route 87 

California State Route 88; the Carson Pass Highway 

Lassen Park Highway; implied California State Route 89 through Lassen Volcanic National Park 

Lake Tahoe Circle Tour Part 1; CA 89 through Emerald Bay, former CA 188 to Fallen Leaf Lake, and the Fanny Bridge 

California State Route 89 through Luther Pass 

Trans-Sierra Highways; California State Route 89 over Monitor Pass 

California State Route 89 (Lassen Volcanic National Park to South Lake Tahoe) 

The Vague Original Southern Terminus of US Route 91 in Mojave Desert 

California State Route 92 

Paper Highways; Unbuilt California State Route 93 

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway; US Route 97, California State Route 161, and Lavabeds National Monument 

US Route 99 to Visalia?  

Former US Route 99, US Route 466, and California State Route 65 through Famoso 

Former US Routes 99/60/70 on the 1923 Whitewater Bridge 

The original US Route 99 alignment on Sign County Route J9/French Camp Road 

Old US Route 99 through Herndon 

US Route 99 and the 1929 Van Ness Arch 

California State Route 99/Old US Route 99 from CA 51/US 50 south to CA 145 

California State Route 99/Old US Route 99 from I-5 north to CA 145 

Legend of the Ridge Route; a history of crossing the mountains between Los Angeles Basin and San Joaquin Valley from wagon trails to Interstates 

Hunting for forgotten history; Old US Route 99 in Fresno 

Paper Highways; unbuilt California State Route 100 in Santa Cruz 

Former US Route 101 on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway 

Old US Route 101 in King City and the 1903 Southern Pacific Depot 

Old US Route 101 in Salinas 

Railroad Square Historic District; US Route 101, California State Route 12; Santa Rosa, California 

History of Transportation in Cuesta Pass; El Camino Real, Southern Pacific Railroad, and US Route 101 

Hyde Street Pier and the original alignment of US Route 101 in San Francisco 

Challenger Coast Range Adventures Part 1; getting to Monterey and Old US 101 on the San Juan Grade 

Downtown San Francisco; Lombard Street and former US 101 on Hyde Street Pier 

El Camino Real Relics in Santa Barbra 

Old US 101 on the San Juan Grade 

Mission San Juan Bautista and El Camino Real 

California State Route 104 

Trans-Sierra Highways; California State Route 108 over Sonora Pass

California State Route 109 

California State Route 111 in Coachella Valley 

California State Route 113; a little bit of vintage US 40, US 40A, US 99W, and CA 24 

California State Route 114 

California State Route 116 

California State Route 118 

California State Route 119; a US Route 399 story 

Old California State Route 120 and 140 entrances to Yosemite National Park 

California State Route 120 from US 6 west to US 395 

The Tioga Pass Road (California State Route 120) 

California State Routes 37, 121, 128, and unbuilt CA 179 

California State Route 123/San Pablo Avenue; a trip down Old US Route 40 and thel terminus points of US Routes in Oakland 

California State Route 124 

California State Route 126; from CA 23 east to I-5 

California State Route 127 and Nevada State Route 373 

California State Route 129 

California State Route 130 and the Lick Observatory 

California State Route 131 

California State Route 132/Sign County Route J132 

California State Route 134 

California State Route 135 

California State Route 136 

California State Route 137 

California State Route 138 

California State Route 140 and El Portal Road 

Sign County Route J18 and early California State Route 140 

California State Route 144 

California State Route 145 

Pinnacles National Park and California State Route 146

Pinnacles National Park West and California State Route 146 West  

California State Route 146 East 

California State Route 147 

California State Route 149 

California State Route 150 family of highways (CA 246, CA 154, CA 192, and CA 150) 

California State Route 152 

California State Route 153; the supposedly shortest State Highway 

California State Route 155 

Old California State Route 155 between Bakersfield and Woody 

California State Route 156 

Paper Highways of San Diego; Unbuilt California State Routes 157, 171, and 252 

California State Route 158; the June Lake Loop 

California State Route 160; the legacy of US Routes 40/50/99/99W/99E, the Lincoln Highway, Victory Highway, CA 24 

California State Route 160 and Sign County Route J11 

California State Route 162 to the Bidwell's Bar Bridge (both the 1965 and 1856 variants) 

California State Route 163; Old US Routes 80/395 on the Cabrillo Freeway 

California State Route 165 

California State Route 166 

California State Route 167 

Tale of CA 168 West, the failure of the Piute Pass Highway, Big Creek, and The Climb to Kaiser 

California State Route 168 road work update and Friant Dam 

Paper Highways; modern California State Route 169 the unfinished California State 96 

The Hollywood Freeway; CA 170, US 101, former US 66, and CA 2 

California State Route 172 (old CA 36) 

California State Route 173; former CA 2 and the last stand of the dirt State Highway 

California State Route 174 and the Empire Mine 

Former California State Route 176 

California State Route 177 

California State Route 178; west from CA 14 to CA 184 

The Panamint Gap in California State Route 178 

Old California State Route 178, Leglisative Route 137, and the 1914 Salinas River Bridge 

Unbuilt California State Route 179 

California State Route 180 Kings Canyon Expressway expansion opening (Minkler and Centerville bypass) 

California State Route 180 Kings Canyon Road Expressway and Sequoia-Kings Canyon Freeway 

California State Route 180 (CA 99 west to CA 33) 

Old California State Route 180 and 41 surface alignments in Fresno 

Sign County Route J1 and former California State Route 180 on Panoche Road 

California State Route 180 east Fresno to Cedar Grove (Kings Canyon Highway)

Old California State Route 180 on Dunlap Road  

California State Route 183 

California State Route 184; the Weedpatch Highway 

California State Route 185 

California State Route 189 

California State Route 190; a Trans-Sierra Highway that could have been 

California State Route 191 

California State Route 193 

Former California State Route 194 from Downieville to Saddleback Mountain  

California State Route 197

California State Route 198 

Challenger Coast Range Adventures Part 4; CA 198 from US 101 to I-5 

Old California State Route 198 in Kings County 

US Route 199 

Winnemucca to the Sea Highway (US Route 199)

California State Route 200

California State Route 201 

California State Route 202 

California State Route 203; the road that could have been a Trans-Sierra Highway 

California State Route 204; Old US Route 99 in Bakersfield

Interstate 205 

California State Route 207 I & II 

Cabrillo National Monument and former California State Route 209 

Interstate 210 and California State Route 210 on the Foothill Freeway 

Interstate 215/former I-15E/former CA 194 

California State Route 216 

California State Route 217

California State Route 218  

California State Route 219 

California Ferry Routes; CA 84 over the Real McCoy II and CA 220 over the J-Mack Ferry 

California State Route 221 

California State Route 223; Bear Mountain Boulevard 

Former California State Route 224 

California State Route 225; the zombie highway of Santa Barbra 

California State Route 227 

California State Route 231

California State Route 232 

California State Route 233 

Unbuilt California State Route 235 

California State Route 236 

California State Route 237; South Bay Freeway 

Interstate 238; the Interstate numbering abomination  

Unbuilt California State Route 239 and Signed County Route J4 

California State Route 242 

California State Route 243 

California State Route 244 and the unbuilt highway of Metro Sacramento (CA 65, CA 102, CA 143, and CA 148)

California State Route 245 

California State Route 247 

California State Route 259; TO I-215/CA 210 

California State Route 262 

California State Route 267 

Mulholland Drive; Cahuenga Pass west to Sepulveda Pass (and unbuilt CA 268) 

California State Route 269 

California State Route 270 to Bodie 

Mineral King Road, the White Chief Mine, and unbuilt California State Route 276 

Interstate 280 

California State Route 282

Paper Highways; California State Route 284 and California State Route 285 

Adventure US Route 299; CA 299 from US 101 east to I-5 

California State Route 371 

Interstate 380 

US Route 395; Nevada State Line south to CA 14 (Adventure on El Camino Sierra) 

Where the hell is Hill Valley? (US 395 east/US 8 south) 

US Route 395 south of Kramer Junction to I-15 (former CA 95) 

Interstate 405; Carmageddon on the San Diego Freeway 

Legacy of US Route 466 Part 1; California State Route 46 

Legacy of US Route 466 Part 2; Tehachapi to Bakersfield 

Legacy of US Route 466 Part 3; Morro Bay to Shandon (California State Routes 41 and 229) 

The Embarcadero and history of Interstate 480/California State Route 480 on the Embarcadero Freeway 

Interstate 505; a trace of I-5W 

Interstate 580 from I-5 west to CA 13 

Interstate 580 San Rafael-Richmond Bridge 

Interstate 680 over the Benicia-Martinez Ferry and the Legacy of CA 21 

Interstate 780 and former California State Route 141 

Interstate 805 

Interstate 980 


Legislative Routes that never had a Sign State Highway

Old Highway; Mariposa County (former Legislative Route 18) 

Chisholm Ferry/Bridge Location and early Legislative Route 10 


Sign County Routes

Sign County Route E15 to Copperopolis

Sign County Route G1 

Sign County Route G9 

Sign County Route G13 

Sign County Route G14 

Sign County Route G16 

Sign County Route G17 

Sign County Route G20 

Sign County Route J1 and former California State Route 180 on Panoche Road 

Sign County Route J2 over Corral Hollow Pass (El Camino Viejo) 

Signed County Route J4 and unbuilt CA 239 

Planes, Trains, Automobiles on Sign County Route J7 
 
The original US Route 99 alignment on Sign County Route J9/French Camp Road 

California State Route 160 and Sign County Route J11 

Sign County Route J16 

Sign County Route J18 and early California State Route 140 

Sign County Route J21 

Old California State Route 65 on Famoso-Porterville Highway, Sign County Routes J35/J29/J22 

Sign County Route J28 

Sign County Route J37; the last Sign County Route in Tulare County and legacy of the Lone Pine-Porterville High Sierra Road 

Trans-Sierra Highways; Sherman Pass Road and Sign County Route J41 

Sign County Route N2 

California State Route 243 (formerly R1) 


Auto Trail stand alone articles

Old Stage Road; the 'real" El Camino Real and predecessor route to US 101 on the San Juan Grade 

Donner Pass; hunting from the Dutch Flat & Donner Lake Road (North Lincoln Highway and the Central Pacific Railroad Tunnels)) 


Other Roads

Bitterwater Road and Bitterwater Valley Road to Blackwell's Corner 

Elwood Road; Fresno County 

Sand Creek Road 

Brown Material Road 

Return to Parkfield; Parkfield Grade, Parkfield-Coalinga Road, and Cholame Road/Cholame Valley Road 

Lonoak Road 

La Gloria Road and Gloria Road; descending the ridge of the Gabilan Range to Salinas Valley 

Auberry Road and the Wildflower Trail 

Lodi Mission Arch 

Ben Hur Road/Road 613 to Raymond 

2nd Street and 3rd Street Tunnel in Los Angeles  

Patterson Pass Road 

Ice Cream Grade 

Felton Covered Bridge 

1885 Firebaugh Drawbridge 

Parkfield Grade/Parkfield-Coalinga Road 

Los Gatos Creek Road/Coalinga Road 

China Alley; Hanford, CA  

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road 

Challenger Coast Range Adventures Part 3; Nacimiento-Fergusson Road 

La Brea Tar Pits; Wilshire Boulevard 

1916 Elkhorn Avenue Concrete Pony Truss Bridge 

Caliente-Bodfish Road 

Panamint Valley and Trona-Wildrose Road 

Fulton Street reconstruction project in Fresno

Court Street; Hanford, CA 

Cat Canyon Road 

Cannery Row and Monterey Bay (2018 versus 1993) 

Fresno County Blossom Trail 

North Fork Road/Road 200 

Christmas Tree Lane; Fresno, CA  

Monterey Bay Sunset Drive 

Firebaugh's Ferry 

Cannery Road Monterey 

Old Creek Road 

Road 222/Powerhouse Road 

Faultline Friday; the back roads between CA 25 and CA 46 on the San Andreas Fault 

Yokohl Valley Drive 

Bitterwater Road 


National Parks/National Forests

Yosemite National Park

Hetch Hetchy Valley; Hetch Hetchy Railroad, abandoned Lake Eleanor Road, and the Wapama Fall Bridge 

The Old Coulterville Road; the first highway to Yosemite 

Old California State Route 140 and 120 entrances to Yosemite National Park 

History of the Big Oak Flat Road 

History of the Wawona Road 

Yosemite Fall Season 

The Tioga Pass Road (California State Route 120) 

California State Route 140 and El Portal Road 

Redwood National Park and State Parks

Former US Route 101 on Newton B. Drury Scenic Parkway 

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Lassen Park Highway; implied California State Route 89 through Lassen Volcanic National Park 

California State Route 89 (Lassen Volcanic National Park to South Lake Tahoe) 

Joshua Tree National Park

Pinto Basin road and Cottonwood Springs Road

Ghost Town Tuesday; Lost Horse Mine (Joshua Tree National Park) 

Sequoia/Kings Canyon National Parks

The Generals Highway; connecting Kings Canyon National Park and Sequoia National Park 

The Colony Mill Road to the Giant Forest 

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park (Spring Season) 

Kings Canyon and Sequoia National Park (Fall Season)  

Return to Sequoia National Park and the Generals Highway 

Channel Islands National Park

Channel Islands National Park and Anacapa Island

Death Valley National Park

Nevada State Route 374, Rhyolite, and Hell's Gate 

Dante's View Road

Death Valley Winter 

Pinnacles National Park 

Pinnacles National Park

Pinnacles National Park West and California State Route 146 West 

California State Route 146 East 

National Forests

McKinley Grove Road to the Wishon Resevoir, Courtright Way to the Courtright Reservoir, and a dog named Dinkey 

The road to Stevenson Creek Falls; the San Joaquin & Eastern Railroad, Italian Bar Road, and Million Dollar Road 

1938 Dinkey Creek Bridge 

Redinger Lake Road (Road 235)

Italian Bar Road (Road 225) east through the Geographic Center of California to the 1925 Italian Bar Bridge  

Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Part 1; Sierra National Forest Route 10 

Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Part 2; a bumpy ride on Sierra National Forest Route 7 

Sierra Vista Scenic Byway Part 3; Sierra National Forest Route 81 and the failed plans for the Minaret Summit Highway 

The Sierran Death Highway; Blackrock Road 

National Monuments and other NPS Units

Soda Lake Road and Carrizo Plain National Monument

Kelbaker Road, Kelso Depot, and the Mojave National Preserve 

Marin Headlands; Golden Gate National Recreational Area 

Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and Point Reyes National Seashore 

Muir Woods Road/National Monument and Panoramic Highway 

1908 Toro Creek Bridge; Fort Ord National Monument 
 

Ghost Town stand alone articles

Locans, California ghost town site

Lone Star Ghost Town Site and the Visalia District Railroad 

Millerton and the Stockton-Los Angeles Road 

Garlock ghost town 

Nexus of the Universe; Butler Ghost Town Site  

Conejo, CA; ghost town on the rails 

Rice, CA and the bomb 

Calico, CA 

Ford Ord 2nd Avenue abandoned barracks 

Kingston and the Kingston Grade 

Minkler and Centerville 

Ghost Post; the ruins of Fort Ord 


Railroad stand alone articles

San Juan Pacific Railway

Monterey Branch Railroad 

Minarets & Western Railroad 

Kerman Branch Railroad (Southern Pacific Railroad) 

A Streetcar Named Fresno Traction; the history of streetcar service in Fresno 

1897 Hanford Station 

1882 Fowler Rail Depot 

1899 Fresno Station 

Riverdale Branch Railroad Ruins 


Interesting Places

Tower Theatre; Fulton Street, Fresno 

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 

March Air Reserve and the SR-71A Blackbird 

Spreckels 

Old Fresno Water Tower 

1855 Point Pinos Lighthouse 

Knight's Ferry 

El Adobe de Los Robles Rancho 

San Juan Bautista and El Camino Real 

Mount Diablo State Park  

Adventure San Francisco 

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