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Is anyone intimately familiar with Hwy 66 from Ashland Oregon to Klamath Falls? It’s about 60 miles and goes over “Hayden Mountain Pass”? The first part looks interesting but I have my doubts about the long stretches - i.e. is it a bit boring?

Also, Hwy 97 from Klamath Falls toward Weed looks pretty straight and uninteresting – it does go over “Hebron Pass”. Is it as bad (straight) as it looks on the Map?
 

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I am not intimately familar with the area. I was down that way a few weeks ago to get a seat made at Russell in Redding. I rode Hwy 36 from Red Bluff to Fortuna. That is a road not to be missed. Having never done the Dragon, I am going to stick my neck out and say this might be the best and longest twisty road in the universe. It is rolling, tight, fast, slow, and goes on like that for 140 freaking miles. AMAZING!!!! You could leave Red Bluff in the AM, have a bite to eat in Fortuna and then do the road back to Red Bluff for dinner. I also rode Hwy 3 and that is a very nice road also. In places it was very narrow with tight turns. Reminded me of the Alps in a couple of places. Best of all, very little traffic on either one during the week days that I was there. I will definately be going back down in that area next year.
 

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You are right on the money regarding Hwy 36. A group of us are intimately familiar with this road. I was just there in Sept. Part of the reason I am looking for info on the Oregon roads is to add some more Northerly mileage to the yearly Sept. trip that starts in the No. Cal. Bay Area. Thanks for your insights, maybe we'll see you there next year!
 

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chrispat said:
Is anyone intimately familiar with Hwy 66 from Ashland Oregon to Klamath Falls? It’s about 60 miles and goes over “Hayden Mountain Pass”? The first part looks interesting but I have my doubts about the long stretches - i.e. is it a bit boring?

Also, Hwy 97 from Klamath Falls toward Weed looks pretty straight and uninteresting – it does go over “Hebron Pass”. Is it as bad (straight) as it looks on the Map?
I was on 66 when BMW had the rally in Redmond, Oregon several years ago. It's sort of hard to find out of Ashland and a GPS helps. There were a couple of inns along the way: Glensprings and Pinehurst I believe. Least you can eat. At that time, the Oregon Roads Division was doing a resurface job unlike any I've seen before. They dump maybe 3-4 inches of rock and pebbles on the road and then literally flood the area with tar. If you beat the tar truck, the road is more like slow-plowing with a motorcycle. May as well have a rudder to steer.

Now it should be all fixed. Lots of "thin" pine trees, unlike some of the larger-trunked CA trees. Area into Klamath Falls is pretty flat farmland area. Oh, Klamath Falls sucks. Didn't like it at all. Sort of a high desert setting and not much around.

The 97 route to Weed is pretty flat with views of Mt. Shasta on clear days. Virtually no traffic. Coming out of Oregon the speed limits jump around 10 mph on the CA side. Note, I was tailed by a CA CHP officer for most of the route into Weed. He had someone stopped near the fruit inspection section at the border so I knew he would be coming back. Saw him as a small speck in the mirror when he made his return and he seemed really insistent on playing with his radar unit. Luckily, I was just getting the speed up slightly from the Oregon side so nothing came out of it - other than a bunch of Escort detector squawks enroute.
 
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