California State Route 299

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State Route 299

SR 299 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length311.64 mi[1] (501.54 km)
National Forest Scenic Byway.svg Trinity Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end US 101 in Arcata
Major intersections
East endFormer SR 8A towards Vya, NV
CountryUnited States
CountiesHumboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Lassen, Modoc
Highway system
SR 284 SR 330

State Route 299 (SR 299) is an east–west state highway in the U.S. state of California that runs across the northern part of the state. At 305.777 miles (492.100 km), it is the third longest California state highway (after Route 1 and Route 99). Route 299 begins at US 101 at the northern edge of Arcata and continues in an easterly direction through to the Nevada state line. Between Arcata and Redding, Route 299 intersects with State Route 96, and is briefly co-signed with State Route 3. In Redding, it intersects with State Route 273, State Route 44, and Interstate 5. East of Redding, it intersects with State Route 89, and a section is co-signed with State Route 139 before reaching Alturas. It is then co-signed with U.S. Route 395 northeast of Alturas, and then runs east toward the border with Nevada. A ghost town, Vya, Nevada, can be reached via this route, which after the border becomes a dirt road, which was formerly Nevada State Route 8A. The segment of SR 299 between Arcata and Redding is the Trinity Scenic Byway, a National Forest Scenic Byway.[2]

Route description

SR 299 through Fall River Mills, Shasta County

SR 299 begins in Arcata at a trumpet interchange with US 101 as a freeway. The route has another trumpet interchange with SR 200 after leaving the Arcata city limits and crossing the Mad River. The freeway ends in the city of Blue Lake as SR 299 continues east past the truck scales. SR 299 enters Six Rivers National Forest and intersects SR 96 at Willow Creek. Soon after this, SR 299 crosses into Trinity County and Trinity National Forest. Paralleling the Trinity River, SR 299 passes through Salyer (where there is a rest area), Hawkins Bar, Burnt Ranch, Del Loma, Big Bar, Helena, Junction City, and finally Weaverville.[3]

In Weaverville, SR 299 runs concurrently with SR 3 southbound to Douglas City, where there is a rest area. SR 299 continues east away from the Trinity River into Shasta County, passing by the Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area and through the towns of Tower House and Whiskeytown as well as Whiskeytown Lake. SR 299 continues along Eureka Way through the town of Shasta into the city of Redding.[3] SR 299 then runs concurrently along SR 273 north and Market Street across the Sacramento River before turning east onto its own freeway and intersecting I-5.[4] SR 299 remains a freeway for a few miles before leaving the Redding city limits and passing through the town of Bella Vista and into the foothills of the southern Cascade Range.[3]

SR 299 continues through Ingot, Round Mountain, Montgomery Creek, Hillcrest (after the rest area), Burney, and Johnson Park. The highway intersects with SR 89 before continuing through Fall River Mills and McArthur, where there is an intersection with CR A19. SR 299 then crosses into Lassen County, where it passes through Nubieber and Bieber before intersecting CR A2. The highway crosses into Modoc County and passes through Adin, where it runs concurrently with SR 139 and passes through Modoc National Forest. The concurrency lasts for several miles before SR 299 turns east and enters the city of Alturas. SR 299 runs concurrently with US 395 before turning east again and passing through Cedarville, near the Cedarville Airport. SR 299 ends at the Nevada state line.[3]

SR 299 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[5] and from US 101 to SR 3 and from SR 139 to the eastern junction with US 395 is part of the National Highway System,[6] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[7] Three sections of SR 299 are eligible for inclusion in the State Scenic Highway System: from US 101 to SR 96, from SR 3 to I-5, and from SR 89 to SR 139;[8] however, none are officially designated as a scenic highway by the California Department of Transportation.[9]


U.S. Route 299


State Route 299, from the intersection with US 101 all the way to US 395 in Alturas, was U.S. Route 299 from 1934 to 1964. This was a spur of US 99 running East and West from the junction in Redding, now signed as CA 273 at the intersection of Eureka Way and Market St. The actual road has been realigned many times, mainly to make easier grades and curves through the mountains. In many places, especially in Trinity County, the old roadway can be seen beside the new road, and there are even several bridges visible from the current 299 that seemingly connect nothing to nothing nowadays, one of which is an arch bridge from 1923. In 1934, 299 was the original State Route 44.

Major intersections

HumboldtArcata0.000.00 US 101 – Arcata, Eureka, Crescent CityWestern terminus; US 101 exit 716A
0.721.161Guintoli LaneOpened 1972
1.802.902North Bank RoadOpened 1972
2.333.753AGlendale DriveEastbound exit only; opened 1972; connects to Essex Gulch Road
Essex2.924.703BEssex LaneOpened 1972
4.046.504Glendale Drive – Business DistrictOpened 1972
5.458.775Glendale Drive – Blue LakeOpened 1988; former SR 299; connects to Blue Lake Boulevard
East end of freeway
Willow Creek37.8560.91 SR 96 – Hoopa
South Fork Trinity River42.0667.69Hlel-Din Memorial Bridge
Trinity45.6673.48Mathews Rest Area
SR 3 north – Trinity Center, Yreka, Trinity Lake
West end of SR 3 overlap
98.84159.07Moon Lim Lee Rest Area
Douglas City100.15161.18
SR 3 south – Hayfork
East end of SR 3 overlap
county line
114.18183.75Buckhorn Summit

Buenaventura Boulevard to SR 273 south – Anderson
Access to Mercy Medical Center Redding

SR 273 south / SR 44 east (Market Street north / Historic US 99) to I-5 south
West end of SR 273/Hist. US 99 overlap; former SR 299 east
Eureka Way ( SR 44 / SR 273 / Historic US 99)One-way street, inbound access only where SR 44 west/SR 273 north traffic enters in

SR 273 north (Market Street north / Historic US 99) to I-5 north – Portland
East end of SR 273/Hist. US 99 overlap
Lake Boulevard west (CR A18)
139.42224.37 I-5 – Portland, SacramentoInterchange; I-5 exit 680
West end of freeway
140.14225.53141Churn Creek Road / Hawley RoadOpened 1974
141.82228.24143Old Oregon TrailOpened 1974; serves Shasta College
East end of freeway
175.11281.81Hillcrest Rest Area
194.59313.16 SR 89 – Burney Falls Park, Lassen Park
LassenNo major intersections
SR 139 south – Susanville
West end of SR 139 overlap
SR 139 north – Tulelake, Klamath Falls
East end of SR 139 overlap
US 395 south (Main Street) – Susanville, Reno
West end of US 395 overlap
286.23460.64Agricultural Inspection Station (westbound only)
US 395 north – Lakeview
East end of US 395 overlap
311.64501.54Former SR 8AContinuation into Nevada; road no longer maintained
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b California Department of Transportation (2016). Postmile Services (Map). California Department of Transportation. Retrieved September 12, 2016.
  2. ^ Staff. "Trinity Scenic Byway". America's Byways. Federal Highway Administration. Archived from the original on November 8, 2011. Retrieved November 8, 2011.
  3. ^ a b c d California Road Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008.
  4. ^ Google (July 11, 2015). "Overview Map of State Route 299" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved July 11, 2015.
  5. ^ "Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Division 1". California Streets and Highways Code. Sacramento: California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  6. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: California (North) (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  7. ^ Natzke, Stefan; Neathery, Mike & Adderly, Kevin (June 20, 2012). "What is the National Highway System?". National Highway System. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved July 1, 2012.
  8. ^ "Article 2.5 of Chapter 2 of Division 1". California Streets & Highways Code. Sacramento: California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  9. ^ California Department of Transportation (August 2019). "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways" (XLSX). Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 30, 2017.
  10. ^ California Department of Transportation (April 2018). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  11. ^ Staff. "State Route 299 Freeway Interchanges" (PDF). California Numbered Exit Uniform System. California Department of Transportation. Retrieved April 15, 2021.

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