California State Route 36

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State Route 36

SR 36 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by Caltrans
Length248.856 mi[1] (400.495 km)
Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway
Major junctions
West end US 101 near Fortuna
Major intersections
East end US 395 near Susanville
CountryUnited States
CountiesHumboldt, Trinity, Shasta, Tehama, Plumas, Lassen
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 highway passes through Red Bluff, the county seat of Tehama County, on the northern edge of the Sacramento Valley. 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

SR 36 through Chester, Plumas County

SR 36 begins in Alton at an interchange with U.S. Route 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 Mt. McClellan as it follows a curving path through the communities of Dinsmore and Cobbs, then enters Trinity National Forest.[3]

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.[3]

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.[3]

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 U.S. Route 395 just southwest of Johnstonville.[3]

SR 36 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System,[4] and east of SR 44 is part of the National Highway System,[5] a network of highways that are considered essential to the country's economy, defense, and mobility by the Federal Highway Administration.[6] SR 36 is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System,[7] but it is not officially designated as a scenic highway by the California Department of Transportation.[8] Both the SR 36/SR 86 concurrency, and the segment of SR 36 between SR 86 near Chester and SR 44 near Susanville, are part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway.[9]

In popular culture

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.

In the New Zealand TV series 800 Words, a California 36 highway sign hangs on the wall of Big Mac's fight club (alongside one for Interstate 20).

Major intersections

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 to an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see California postmile § Official 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.

HUM 0.00-45.68
Alton0.00 US 101Interchange; western terminus of SR 36; US 101 exit 685; road continues as Fowler Lane
TRI 0.00-R41.14
SR 3 north – Hayfork, Redding
Southern terminus of SR 3
county line
Beegum Creek
TEH 0.00-104.00
Red BluffL39.73
I-5 BL north (Historic US 99 north) – Redding
West end of I-5 BL / Hist. US 99 overlap; former US 99 north
I-5 BL south / Historic US 99 (Main Street south) / Oak Street
East end of I-5 BL / Hist. US 99 overlap; former US 99W south
41.85 I-5 – Redding, SacramentoInterchange; I-5 exit 649
SR 99 south – Chico
Northern terminus of SR 99; former US 99E south
SR 172 east – Mill Creek
Western terminus of SR 172; through traffic to Mill Creek closed in winter
SR 89 north – Lassen Volcanic National Park
West end of SR 89 overlap
Morgan Springs91.25
SR 172 west – Mill Creek
Eastern terminus of SR 172
SR 32 west – Chico
Eastern terminus of SR 32
PLU 0.00-18.42
SR 89 south – Greenville, Quincy
East end of SR 89 overlap
R12.80Lake Almanor Rest Area
LAS 0.00-R29.39
SR 147 south – Clear Creek, Greenville, Oroville
Northern terminus of SR 147
11.78[12]Fredonyer Pass, elevation 5,748 feet (1,752 m)[12]
SR 44 west – Redding, Mount Shasta
Eastern terminus of SR 44
SR 139 north (Ash Street) – Adin, Klamath Falls, Susanville Indian Rancheria, Lassen College
Southern terminus of SR 139
R29.39 US 395 – Reno, State Prison, Alturas, Klamath FallsEastern terminus of SR 36; highway continues as US 395 south
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b c California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original (XLS file) on June 30, 2015. Retrieved June 30, 2015.
  2. ^ 2006 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California (PDF). Caltrans. p. 127. Retrieved 2007-03-28.
  3. ^ a b c d California Road Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008.
  4. ^ "Article 2 of Chapter 2 of Division 1". California Streets and Highways Code. Sacramento: California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  5. ^ Federal Highway Administration (March 25, 2015). National Highway System: California (North) (PDF) (Map). Scale not given. Washington, DC: Federal Highway Administration. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Article 2.5 of Chapter 2 of Division 1". California Streets & Highways Code. Sacramento: California Office of Legislative Counsel. Retrieved February 6, 2019.
  8. ^ California Department of Transportation (August 2019). "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways" (XLSX). Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Retrieved October 15, 2017.
  9. ^ "Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway web site". Retrieved May 15, 2019.
  10. ^ California Department of Transportation (July 2007). "Log of Bridges on State Highways". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation.
  11. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2007
  12. ^ a b "Elevation and Location of Summits and Passes in California". California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on March 1, 2017.

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