California 299


Routing

California 299 is a major east-west corridor from the Arcata-Eureka area in Humboldt County east to the Nevada State Line east of Alturas via Redding. Use California 299 east to Weaverville, Redding, Blue Lake, and Willow Creek. California 299 serves Trinity County, a remote area between the coast and the well-traveled Interstate 5/U.S. 99 corridor. It also connects to California 3, a scenic north-south route through Trinity County to Yreka.

History

From 1934 through 1964, this route was signed as U.S. 299 from Arcata to Redding to Alturas, ending at U.S. 395. The section of California 299 east of U.S. 395 was never part of U.S. 299. When most U.S. highways in California were eliminated, U.S. 299 was removed because it was less than 300 miles and wholly located within one state. Even today, when California 299 reaches the Nevada State Line, it reverts to an unpaved road (Nevada 8A).

Highway Guide

California 299 east
This view of the nascent California 299 freeway is seen from the ramp connecting U.S. 101 south with California 299 east at the trumpet interchange. This single eastbound lane becomes the left lane on the freeway once the extra lane from northbound U.S. 101 merges on. Photos taken 05/28/06.

The first exit on eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway is Exit 1, Giuntoli Lane and West End Road, one-half mile. This freeway (from U.S. 101 to Exit 5) was largely constructed in 1965 (but incorporates some older bridges and structures). Photo taken 05/28/06.
This is the first California 299 east reassurance shield. Photo taken 05/28/06.
All motorist services can be found at Exit 1, Giuntoli Lane and West End Road. Giuntoli Lane also interchanges with U.S. 101 just west of here. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway reaches Exit 1, Giuntoli Lane and West End Road. Photo taken 05/28/06.
At the top of the ramp from California 299 east, a left turn connects to Giuntoli Lane west and a right turn connects to Giuntoli Lane east, which immediately dead ends at West End Road. Photo taken 05/28/06.
After the interchange with California 200/North Bank Road (Exit 2), the next exit is Exit 3A, Glendale Drive. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway reaches Exit 3A, Glendale Drive. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next exit along eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway is Exit 3B, Essex Lane. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Use Exit 3B, Essex Lane to Fieldbrook. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway reaches Exit 3B, Essex Lane. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Shortly after Exit 3B is this reassurance shield for California 299/Trinity Highway east. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next exit along eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway is Exit 4, Glendale Drive (again). Photo taken 05/28/06.
Eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway reaches Exit 4, Glendale Drive. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This California 299 east reassurance shield is posted prior to the Glendale Drive overpass. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next exit along eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway is Exit 5 to Blue Lake and Korbel. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Exit 5 to Blue Lake and Korbel is the final interchange on this stretch of California 299 freeway. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 follows the Trinity Highway Scenic Byway into the Trinity National Forest. Photo taken 05/28/06.
No services are available along eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway for 34 miles. Gas is available at Exit 5. This NO SERVICES sign is supposed to be blue, not green. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway reaches Exit 5 to Blue Lake and Korbel. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Shortly thereafter, the freeway ends. The next intersection on eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway is with Davis Street. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This California 299/Trinity Highway reassurance shield assembly is posted after the Blue Lake interchange. Photo taken 05/28/06.
As the California 299 freeway ends, the eastbound direction retains two lanes for climbing as the highway begins to gain elevation. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Eastbound California 299/Trinity Highway reaches Davis Street at this intersection. Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299 west
The first interchange on westbound California 299 is Exit 5, Blue Lake and Glendale Drive. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Westbound California 299 reaches Exit 5, Blue Lake and Glendale Drive. Photo taken 05/28/06.
This mileage sign on westbound California 299 provides the distance to Arcata (seven miles), Eureka (via U.S. 101 south, 12 miles), and Crescent City (via U.S. 101 north, 76 miles). Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next exit along California 299 west is Exit 4, Glendale Drive to Fieldbrook. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Westbound California 299/Trinity Highway reaches Exit 4, Glendale Drive to Fieldbrook. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The next exit along California 299/Trinity Highway west is Exit 3B, Essex Lane. For whatever reason, there is no Exit 3A on westbound California 299, which is not typical for California exit numbering. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Continuing west, the next exit along California 299/Trinity Highway west is Exit 2, Junction California 200/North Bank Road to McKinleyville. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Westbound California 299/Trinity Highway reaches Exit 2, Junction California 200/North Bank Road to McKinleyville. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The final standalone interchange on California 299/Trinity Highway west is Exit 1, Guintoli Lane and West End Road . Photo taken 05/28/06.
California 299/Trinity Highway west prepares to end at its junction with U.S. 101/Redwood Highway. These signs are posted on the Guintoli Lane overpass. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The final interchange on westbound California 299 is with U.S. 101, the Redwood Highway. This scene shows the junction U.S. 101 shield posted after the onramp from Exit 1, Giuntoli Lane and West End Road. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Approaching the end of the Trinity Highway, the left lane connects to U.S. 101 south to Eureka, while the right lane transitions onto U.S. 101 north to McKinleyville and Crescent City. Photo taken 05/28/06.
END California 299 shield is posted shortly thereafter. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Now on the transition ramp from California 299 west to U.S. 101 south is this trailblazer shield for U.S. 101 south. Photo taken 05/28/06.
The bridge sign lists this interchange as the "299/101 Overcrossing." Normally this would say "299/101 Separation." Photo taken 05/28/06.
Making the turn south, traffic from westbound California 299 merges onto southbound U.S. 101 at this trumpet interchange. Photo taken 05/28/06.
Scenes Pertaining to California 299
This California 299 freeway entrance shield assembly is located on Giuntoli Road (Exit 1). Photo taken 05/28/06.
Traveling west on Giuntoli Lane is this California 299 west Eureka sign. Photo taken 05/28/06.


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