California's back roads & byways. There is nothing like
the diversity of this Golden State, anywhere else in the world.
feature many scenic routes. The roads listed below leads through
some of the most breathtaking sites in the West, plus provide
access to many recreation areas. Many activities
can be enjoyed along these routes. Plan to stop & enjoy many
views, picnic or take a small hike.
Take Interstate 210 to La Cananda, exit Hwy.2
North into the Angeles National Forest. Drive approx. 50 miles
to Wrightwood. Jackson Lake is also nearby. Horse
rentals might be available in the area; check woth the locals. Plenty of picnic grounds
& hiking trails around. Stop in town for lunch & relax
in this forested retreat. Lodging
is available in town.
1 or 2 day trip from Los Angeles area
Mountain biking area
Loop back to I-15, by taking a right on Hwy.138 & continue down through the Cajon Canyon.
recently HWY 2 has been closed due to landslides and are under repair
Jacinto Reyes Scenic Byway
1.5 hours drive
Padres National Forest
Winds between coastal mountain ranges & the Central Valley,
past landscapes of pine forests and semi-desert vegetation.
Los Padres Loop
Take Hwy.101 North to Ventura & exit Hwy.33
Stop here for lunch & relax in the quaint downtown area.
Lodging is closeby. Backtrack
1 mi. & continue North on Hwy.33 as it winds through Wheeler
Gorge & the beautiful landscapes of Los Padres National Forest
. Be on the lookout for waterfalls which can be seen off the
roadsides even in the driest years.
1 or 2 day trip from Los Angeles area
Bike paths run throughout the countryside
Option to loop back to I-5, by taking a right
on Lockwood Valley Rd. & continuing eastbound.
Pines to Palms Scenic Byway
Route 74 & 243
2.5 hour drive
Bernardino National Forest
See desert palm and oak, pine and fir forests. The San Jacinto
Valley and San Jacinto Mountain peaks are viewed from this byway.
Plus the fun lil Idyllwild
Take Interstate 215 North to San Bernardino,
Exit Hwy. 259 / Hwy.30, take Hwy.18 North into the San Bernardino
Drive up to Lake Arrowhead. Great place for lunch or even an
overnight visit. Plenty
of picnic grounds & hiking trails around. Take Hwy.18 over
to Big Bear for fun
on the lake. Horse
rentals area available in the area. Return by taking Hwy.330
down the mountain.
Climbs through dramatic and rugged Lee
Vining Canyon, connecting the Basin landscapes with the high
alpine meadow and the Sierra Nevada. Closed in winter.
Side road - at the base of Whitney Portal Rd.
Eastern Sierra Loop
Take Hwy.14 North to Mojave & then North
on Hwy.395 to Bishop, June Lake or even Lee Vining
This area may be getting early season snow, double check road
conditions. Backtrack the way you came or try a mountain pass
(snow permitting) over toward the San Joaquin Valley, then shoot
down I-5 back to L.A.
3 or 4 day trip from Los Angeles area
Sierra Heritage Scenic Byway
2 hour drive
Runs through the Sierra Nevada landscape of granite walls and
domes. Spectacular views of majestic peaks in wilderness areas.
Feather River Scenic Byway
3.5 hour drive
Steep canyon walls and high mountain valleys, along grasslands,
oak woodlands, mixed conifer and high desert chaparral.
Lassen Scenic Byway
5.5 hour drive time
The northernmost portion of the Sierra Nevada range, the western
terminus of the Modoc Plateau/Great Basin and the Lassen National
Smith River Scenic Byway
1 hour drive
Rivers National Forest
Highlighted by the Smith River, this diverse geological land
form hosts redwoods, rhododendrons and other magnificent ecosystems.
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