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NorthERN California

 With Highway 1 Pacific Ocean to the west, this region of roads extends from the Oregon border to south of Highway 36 where a vast wilderness region separates Northern California with Napa wine country. The entire region is mountainous starting with low hilly regions that offer up the famous wine making areas around Napa and Mendocino to vast tracts of mountainous wilderness culminating in the Trinity Alps in the north. What that means for you dear motorcyclist is one of the best regions for riding motorcycles in the western United States. Few people, few towns, endless curvy roads, perfect combination.

Plan the ultimate journey with California Motorcycle Roads or let us do it for you with a Pashnit Motorcycle Tour. This list below will slowly expand over the years as we rebuild this website from scratch.  Learn more, see below

 
Highway 254 - Avenue of the Giants
Highway 254 - Avenue of the Giants
Highway 1 North - Marin, Sonoma, Mendocino, Humboldt Coastline
Highway 1 North
Bald Hills Rd - Orick
BALD HILLS RD
Glass Mountain - Lava Beds National Monument
GLASS MOUNTAIN
Highway 96 - Klamath River
Highway 96- Klamath River
Highway 36 - 1800 Curves in 140 Miles
Horse Ridge Lookout Rd - South Fork Mountain Summit
Horse Ridge Lookout Rd
Highway 3 - Hayfork Pass
Hayfork Pass
Highway 299 - Trinity Scenic Byway
Highway 299 - Trinity Scenic Byway
Gazelle Callahan Rd - Marble Mountain Wilderness
Gazelle Callahan Rd
Forest Road 1 - Titlow Hill South Fork Mountain Rd
Forest Rd 1
Branscomb Rd - Laytonville
Branscomb Rd
Mattole Rd - The Lost Coast
Mattole Rd - Lost Coast
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The original listing on the 1999-era Pashnit site was about 100 web pages of roads in the Sierra Nevada Mountains and Sierra Foothills. What makes the Sierra Nevada unique from the motorcyclists perspective is an endless list of roads carved out many years ago. Roads that up and over mountain passes, follow creek beds and canyons. The Sierra Range is a mountain range 400 miles in length that spans the eastern border of the state. The highest peak in the Lower 48, Mount Whitney, and the lowest spot in the United States in Death Valley are only a couple miles apart. What that means is rapid elevation change.

 

This list is small, but will slowly expand over the next several years so check back. Come ride with us on a Pashnit Motorcycle Tour: For nearly 20 years, we've explored every nook and cranny of this mountain range, crossing off an endless list of roads. Roads listed North-to-South, West-to-East.

Sierra Nevada Mountains &

Sierra Foothills

Pleasant Valley Rd - Penn Valley
Pleasant Valley Rd - Penn Valley
Highway 108 - Sonora Pass
Highway 108 - Sonora Pass
Highway 4 - Ebbetts Pass
Highway 4 - Ebbetts Pass
Highway 89 - Monitor Pass
Highway 89 - Monitor Pass
Highway 120 - Tioga Pass
Highway 120 - Tioga Pass
Mosquito Ridge Rd - Foresthill
Mosquito Ridge Rd
Ice House Rd - Crystal Basin
Ride Ice House Road to Loon Lake in the Crystal Basin
Highway 49 - The Little Dragon
Highway 49 - The Little Dragon
Sutter Ione Rd - Sutter Creek
Sutter-Ione Rd
Stony Creek Rd - Jackson
Stony Creek Rd - Jackson
Jesus Maria Rd - Mokelumne Hill
Jesus Maria Rd
Wards Ferry Rd - Graffiti Bridge
Wards Ferry Rd
FR 23S16 - The Road with No Name
Forest Road 23S16
Breckenridge Road - Bakersfield
Breckenridge Road
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This list is small, but there are many more roads coming. The Central Coast of California is punctuated by the Big Sur Coastline, often regarded as one of the most beautiful rides in the United States, 73 miles of stunning coastline. But these aren't the only roads you should explore. Besides the Santa Cruz Mountain Range, the regions surrounding San Luis Obispo to Templeton holds some fantastic riding including a very special road we simply call Rossi's Driveway.

If Rossi had a driveway, this would be it. We'll get to that in due time. The Central Coast Pashnit Motorcycle Tour is a favorite and has evolved from being based in San Luis Obispo, Cambria, and now Parkfield. The Central Coast Range is a dreamy place to ride. Many roads to explore, many small towns and roads that range from deserted highways to narrow paved goat trails we love. More roads coming! Add your email to our mailing list to get real-time updates of new roads added.

Central
California

Highway 25 - Airline Highway
Highway 25
Nacimiento Rd - Pacific Coast Mountain Range
Nacimiento Rd
Old Creek Rd - Cayucos
Old Creek Rd
Panoche Rd - San Benito Co
Highway 1 - Big Sur Coast
Highway 1 - Big Sur Coast
Santa Rosa Creek Rd - Cambria
Santa Rosa Creek Road
Highway 58 - California Valley
Highway 58
Breckenridge Rd - Bakersfield
Breckenridge Road
Highway 229 - Rossi's Driveway
Highway 229 - Rossi's Driveway
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Southern
California

For the moment, we're covering Santa Barbara County as we gear up for the 2020 Santa Barbara Pashnit Tour. This area around Solvang is a super fun place to ride, especially in spring when the rolling hillsides are painted in a brilliant layer of green grass. Elevations can climb above the 3000 foot level and these mountain roads provide a worthy escape from the freeway madness that engulfs Southern California. This list is small for now but give it time. It will grow with time.

 

There are many great roads in Southern California, not just the most common ones like Angeles Crest Highway, Rim of the World Highway or Palms to Pines Highway.

 

SoCal is also footnoted with Joshua Tree National Park east of Los Angeles, and north of Palm Springs where many rock formations fascinate the senses, and forests of Joshua Trees with make you want to pull out your U2 albums.

Tepusquet Road
Tepusquet Road
Foxen Canyon Road
Foxen Canyon Road
Santa Rosa Road
Santa Rosa Road
Little Tujunga Road
Little Tujunga Road
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California is full of state parks, national parks and national monuments. They make great ride destinations.

Over the coming years, you'll see this list expand. Some of these parks are quite interesting like Sutters Fort in downtown Sacramento. Others like Knights Ferry Covered Bridge, are along main highways and make for perfect breaks in your journey to stretch the legs and learn some local history.

Local history is always worth investigating and many small towns around California have small museums to tell their story.
 

Plan these stops into your ride.

PARKS &
RECREATION

Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Bridgeport Covered Bridge
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
Knights Ferry Covered Bridge
Sutters Fort State Historic Park
Sutters Fort State Historic Park
Empire Mine State Park
Empire Mine State Park
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About Pashnit:

Tim Mayhew has devoted nearly 30 years to photographing and writing about California roads. His tireless efforts on the California Motorcycle Roads web site have spread across the globe becoming the encyclopedic guidebook for motorcycle travel in California. As of 2020, Tim has been designing & leading professional motorcycle tours across California, Oregon & Nevada for the last 17 years.
Learn more about riding with Tim on a  
Pashnit Motorcycle Tour in 2020.

 

Dear Pashnite, the 1999-era California Motorcycle Roads you have used for the last 20 years to plan your rides has been retired.

<click link to view Archive copy from 2005.>
Two decades later, it's time to rebuild. A lot of work will go into building a site like this from scratch. It will take time. Thousands of hours, years actually. I think only a crazy person would attempt a project like this. Which is why there is no equal. The original CMR had 300 webpages of roads, 600 pages of text, thousands of photos, tens of thousands of links and was made up of 241,148 files. I would like to double that. It will take time to rebuild this site. I appreciate your support over the last 20 years. Hundreds more road pages are coming.  -Tim

 

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