U.S. Highway 97
Looking east from U.S. 97 between Grass Lake Summit and Weed, Mount Shasta (elevation 14,162 feet above sea level) dominates the view. Photo taken 04/01/05.
U.S. 97 is a major north-south U.S. highway in the Pacific Northwest, but it only has a short section in northern California. The federal route begins at Interstate 5 (Old U.S. 99) in Weed, then continuing northeasterly into Oregon near Dorris, passing through several small towns along the way. The route becomes more important as it continues north, serving the cities of Klamath Falls, Bend, Madras, and Biggs in Oregon and Yakima and Wenatchee in Washington. In the 1950s, plans called for U.S. 97 to be commissioned in Alaska at the northern end of the Alaska Highway if the Canadian territory of Yukon decided to renumber its section of Alaska Highway as Yukon 97. The territory refused to do this, so U.S. 97 was never extended into Alaska. Nevertheless, in California, U.S. 97 remains a relatively minor route even though it is one of the survivors of the 1964 California U.S. Highway Purge. U.S. 97 did not have its routing altered in that tumultuous year (another similarly unaltered route is U.S. 95, while U.S. 199 was removed from Crescent City and its overlap with U.S. 101 eliminated). U.S. 6, 50, 101, and 395 were each curtailed to some degree as a result of the 1964 legislation, but they retained at some (or most) of their mileage in the Golden State.
|And so, looking south from U.S. 97 between 99-97 Cutoff Road (Siskiyou County Route A-12) and Big Springs Road (Siskiyou County Route A-29) is this incredible view of one of California's tallest peaks: Mount Shasta. Photos taken 04/01/05.|
|These signs are found at the offramp from Interstate 5 south at Exit 747, Junction Business Loop I-5/U.S. 99 (Weed Boulevard) and U.S. 97 north to Klamath Falls. Photos taken by Jerry Mullady, 03/99.|
Page Updated December 26, 2011.