California State Route 36

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State Route 36 marker

State Route 36
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 336
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 248.856 mi[1] (400.495 km)
Major junctions
West end: US 101 near Fortuna
  I‑5 in Red Bluff
SR 99 east of Red Bluff
SR 89 near Chester
East end: US 395 near Susanville
Highway system
SR 35 SR 37

State Route 36 (SR 36) is an east–west state highway in the U.S. state of California that is routed from U.S. Route 101 in Humboldt County to U.S. Route 395 just east of Susanville in Lassen County. The portion of SR 36 travelling past Lassen Volcanic National Park and Lake Almanor is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway.[2] Also, Route 36 between Alton and Susanville is a designated Blue Star Memorial Highway.

Route description[edit]

SR 36 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[3] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.[4] However, it is not an official scenic highway as designated by Caltrans.[5]

SR 36 begins in Alton at an interchange with US 101. It continues east through the communities of Hydesville and Carlotta before paralleling the Van Duzen River all the way to the town of Bridgeville. It passes near McClellan Mountain as it follows a curving path through the communities of Dinsmore and Cobbs, then enters Trinity National Forest.[6]

Once in Trinity County, the highway veers away from the Van Duzen River, and crosses the Mad River before passing through the communities of Mad River and Forest Glen. The route briefly bends north to intersect with the southern terminus of SR 3 before turning east again and entering first Shasta County, where SR 36 passes through Wildwood and Platina, where it intersects CR A16 and leaves the forest, and enters Tehama County. SR 36 passes through Rosewood and later intersects CR A5 before entering the city of Red Bluff as Beegum Road. SR 36 continues south as Main Street into downtown Red Bluff before making a turn east as Oak Street, crossing the Sacramento River and coming to an interchange with I-5 before turning into Antelope Boulevard and passing the Tehama County Fairgrounds as it leaves the city limits.[6]

SR 36 intersects the northern terminus of SR 99 and turns northeast at the intersection. Several miles later, SR 36 intersects CR A6 at the community of Dales before continuing east and passing through Paynes Creek. Eventually, SR 36 intersects SR 172 at the town of Mineral in the Lassen National Forest before running concurrently with SR 89. SR 89 and SR 36 intersect with the eastern terminus of SR 32 before crossing into Plumas County. Once the highway reaches the western shore of Lake Almanor, SR 89 continues southeast, while SR 36 passes through the community of Chester along the northern shore of Lake Almanor.[6]

The route continues into Lassen County, where it intersects SR 147 and passes in between Lassen and Plumas National Forests. SR 36 intersects SR 44 before entering the city of Susanville as Hillcrest Road. The highway continues north briefly as Pine Street before becoming Main Street and continuing east through downtown Susanville and intersecting SR 139 and CR A27 before leaving the city limits. SR 36 ends at an intersection with US 395 just southwest of Johnstonville.[6]

In popular culture[edit]

On the TV show Lost, during a flashback scene in the episode "Further Instructions," John Locke picks up a hitchhiker who happens to be an undercover police officer on State Route 36.

In author Robyn Carr's romantic novel series Virgin River, the fictional town of Virgin River is located off State Route 36 in the mountains of Humboldt County in Northern California.

Major intersections[edit]

Except where prefixed with a letter, postmiles were measured on the road as it was in 1964, based on the alignment that existed at the time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. R reflects a realignment in the route since then, M indicates a second realignment, L refers an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[1] Segments that remain unconstructed or have been relinquished to local control may be omitted. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column.

County Location Postmile
[1][7][8]
Destinations Notes
Humboldt
HUM 0.00-45.68
Alton 0.00 US 101 Interchange; west end of SR 36
Bridgeville R23.92 Alderpoint Road – Blocksburg
Trinity   R3.32 Lower Mad River Road – Ruth
  27.23 SR 3 north – Hayfork, Redding
Shasta
SHA 0.00-11.93
Platina 8.87 CR A16 (Platina Road) – Redding
Tehama
TEH 0.00-104.00
  23.20 CR A5 (Bowman Road) – Cottonwood
Red Bluff L39.73 I‑5 Bus. north (Main Street) to I‑5 north – Redding West end of I-5 Bus. overlap
L41.15 CR A7 (Walnut Street) Serves Shasta College
L41.29 I‑5 Bus. south / CR A8 (Main Street) / Oak Street East end of I-5 Bus. overlap
41.85 I‑5 – Redding, Corning Interchange
  44.00 SR 99 south – Los Molinos, Chico
Dales 55.26 CR A6 (Manton Road) – Manton
Paynes Creek 58.18 Lanes Valley Road – Manton
Mineral 83.14 SR 172 east – Mill Creek
  87.68 SR 89 north – Lassen Volcanic National Park West end of SR 89 overlap
Morgan Springs 91.25 SR 172 west – Mill Creek
  99.94 SR 32 west – Chico
Plumas
PLU 0.00-18.42
Chester 6.29 SR 89 south – Greenville, Quincy East end of SR 89 overlap
  R13.93 CR A13 (Big Springs Road)
Lassen
LAS 0.00-R29.39
  0.76 SR 147 south – Clear Creek, Greenville, Oroville
Westwood 3.71 CR A21 (Mooney Road) to SR 44
  R19.20 SR 44 west – Redding, Mount Shasta
  22.06 CR A1 (Eagle Lake Road) – Eagle Lake
Susanville 25.36 SR 139 north (Ash Street) – Adin, Klamath Falls, North Shore Eagle Lake Serves Lassen College
R26.22 CR A27 (East Riverside Drive)
  R29.39 US 395 / Richmond Road East – Alturas, Klamath Falls, Reno East end of SR 36
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Staff. "State Truck Route List" (XLS file). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved August 21, 2012. 
  2. ^ 2006 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California. Caltrans. p. 127. Retrieved 2007-03-28. 
  3. ^ CA Codes (shc:250-257)
  4. ^ CA Codes (shc:260-284)
  5. ^ "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways". California Department of Transportation. December 7, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2011. 
  6. ^ a b c d Thomas Brothers (2008). California Road Atlas (Map).
  7. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2007

External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing