California State Route 44

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"CA 44" redirects here. For the congressional district, see California's 44th congressional district.
For the original Sign Route 44, see California State Route 44 (1934).

State Route 44 marker

State Route 44
Route information
Defined by S&HC § 344
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 107.02 mi[2] (172.23 km)
Existed: 1935[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: SR 273 / SR 299 in Redding
  SR 89 in Lassen Park
East end: SR 36 near Susanville
Highway system
SR 43 SR 45

State Route 44 (SR 44) is a state highway in the U.S. State of California that travels in an east–west direction from Redding to Lassen Volcanic National Park before ending at Route 36 west of Susanville. This final portion, between the park and its terminus, is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway.

Route description[edit]

California Route 44 & 89 Intersection

This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[3] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.[4] However, it is not a scenic route as designated by Caltrans.[5]

Route 44 starts on Tehama Street in Redding, at the intersection of Route 273 (Market Street), despite what it says in its legal definition. This is because in 1998, Route 299's definition was changed. It previously ran on Tehama St. to I-5, but this portion was transferred to Route 44 in 1998 (44 had ended at I-5 at that time); however, the legislative definition has never changed, so it is unclear as to where Route 44 officially begins. Note also that the postmile markers have not been updated, so the Route 44–I-5 interchange is still marked as 0.00.

After a few blocks, it becomes a freeway as it crosses I-5 and changes back to a highway at the Redding city limits. Heading eastward, Route 44 passes through a number of small, rural communities (Palo Cedro, Millville, Shingletown, to name a few) before it reaches the north-west entrance to Lassen National Park. After this, the only community it passes through is Old Station, which is also the only location for travel services until Susanville.

From the Park entrance, Route 44 joins the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway. Route 44 is part of a circular portion of the Scenic Byway, so at the junction with Route 89, the Byway continues along both 89 to the north and on 44 to the east. When Route 44 reaches its terminus at Route 36, the byway heads southwest to continue its circular path.

Between the Route 89 intersection and Route 36 is only one rest area, called Bogard.

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).[6] 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
[6][7][8]
Exit
[9]
Destinations Notes
Shasta
SHA L0.00-71.39
Redding L0.00 SR 273 north / SR 299 (Market Street, Eureka Way) – Weaverville, Eureka West end of SR 273 overlap; west end of SR 44
L0.17 SR 273 south (Tehama Street) East end of SR 273 overlap
  West end of freeway
L0.85 1 Sundial Bridge Drive, Park Marina Drive
L1.81
R0.00
2 I‑5 – Red Bluff, Sacramento, Weed, Portland Signed as exits 2A (south) and 2B (north)
R0.13 2C Hilltop Drive Eastbound exit and entrance
R0.38 3A Dana Drive Westbound exit and entrance
R1.24 3B Victor Avenue Signed as exit 3 eastbound
R2.13 4 Shasta View Drive
R3.63 5 Old Oregon Trail, Airport Road
    East end of freeway
  R7.00 Deschutes Road Interchange
  R10.77 Millville Plains Road, Old Forty Four Drive – Millville, Whitmore
  R19.01 CR A17 (Dersch Road) – Cottonwood, Anderson
Shingletown R27.83 Wilson Hill Road, Emigrant Trail – Manton
  R49.35 SR 89 south – Lassen National Park West end of SR 89 overlap
  62.69 SR 89 north – Burney Falls, Mount Shasta East end of SR 89 overlap
Lassen
LAS 0.00-37.25
  19.29 CR A21 (Mooney Road) / Champs Flat Road – Westwood, Antelope Lookout
  37.25 SR 36 – Susanville, Red Bluff East end of SR 44
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
State Route 44 containing a sheet of ice in the winter.

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External links[edit]

Route map: Google / Bing