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NorthERN California

Let's start with Northwestern California, bordered by Interstate 5 to the east, and the 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 guide with slowly expand over the years as we rebuild this website from scratch. To learn more, see below.

 
Bald Hills Rd
Bald Hills Road
Highway 36
Horse Ridge Lookout Rd
Horse Ridge Lookout Rd
Gazelle Callahan Rd
Gazelle Callahan Rd
Highway 3 - Hayfork Pass
Hayfork Pass
Forest Road 1
Forest Rd 1
Branscomb Rd
Branscomb Rd
Highway 96 - Klamath River
Highway 96- Klamath River
Forest Road 23S16
Forest Road 23S16
Mattole Rd - Lost Coast
Mattole Rd - Lost Coast
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The original listing on the 1999-era site was about 100 webpages 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.

Sierra Nevada Mountains &

Sierra Foothills

Mosquito Ridge Rd
Mosquito Ridge Rd
Highway 120
Highway 120
Highway 49
Highway 49
Forest Road 23S16
Forest Road 23S16
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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 our updates of new roads.

Central Coast
California

Highway 1 - Big Sur Coast
Highway 1 - Big Sur Coast
Santa Rosa Creek Road
Santa Rosa Creek Road
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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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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.
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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