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California State Route 89


California State Route 89

State Route 89 marker

State Route 89
Sierra Highway
Route information
Defined by Streets and Highways Code § 389
Maintained by Caltrans
Length: 243 mi[1] (391 km)
Restrictions: Segments through Monitor Pass and Lassen Volcanic National Park closed in winter
Major junctions
South end: US 395 near Coleville
  SR 4 near Topaz Lake
US 50 in South Lake Tahoe
I‑80 in Truckee
SR 49 near Blairsden
SR 36 near Lake Almanor
SR 299 in Burney
SR 70 in Blairsden
SR 44 in Lassen Park
North end: I‑5 near Mount Shasta
Highway system
SR 88 SR 90

State Route 89 (SR 89) is a Lassen Volcanic National Park it continues to gain elevation until it reaches its highest point in an unnamed pass in the middle of Lassen Peak and Bumpass Mountain. The road then descends and heads northwest, finally terminating at Interstate 5 at the foot of Mount Shasta at around 3,600 feet (1,100 m).[2][3]

A shield of State Route 89


  • Route description 1
  • Major intersections 2
  • External links 3
  • References 4

Route description

SR 89 is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System[4] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.[5] However, it is only a scenic highway as designated by Caltrans from the El Dorado-Placer county line to a point 3.2 miles west of the US 395 junction.[6] From the junction with SR 147, through the park and including the gap on SR 44, to its terminus at I-5, SR 89 is part of the Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway, a National Scenic Byway.

Start of California 89 at Mt. Shasta

SR 89 begins at an intersection with US 395. The highway goes west through a few switchbacks before crossing into Alpine County and the Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest.[7] The southernmost section of State Route 89 over Monitor Pass is also closed in winter due to snow accumulation.[8] SR 89 continues by Heenan Lake before intersecting with the eastern end of SR 4 and turning northwest, passing through Markleeville. SR 89 continues northwest to the town of Woodfords, where it turns west, running concurrently with SR 88 for a brief distance before turning into El Dorado County.[7] The section of SR 89 from SR 88 north to US 50 is co-signed as US 50 Alternate for use as a detour for when US 50 closes.

The highway continues north to Meyers, where it runs concurrently with US 50 into the city of South Lake Tahoe. SR 89 continues along the western shore of Lake Tahoe, where it passes through Camp Richardson, Emerald Bay, Meeks Bay, Pomins, and Tahoma. After crossing into Placer County, SR 89 passes through Chambers Lodge, Homewood, Tahoe Pines, Skyland, Timberland, Pineland, and Tahoe Tavern before coming to an intersection with SR 28, where SR 89 continues to the west, away from the lake. The road curves to the north through Tahoe National Forest before crossing into Nevada County and the city of Truckee.[7] This portion of the highway has been designated the "10th Mountain Division Memorial Highway."[9]

SR 89 runs concurrently with I-80 eastbound briefly before exiting to the north and continuing through the city of Truckee and passing near Prosser Creek Reservoir outside of the city limits. SR 89 continues through Hobart Mills before crossing into Sierra County and continuing northwest to Randolph and Sierraville, where SR 89 runs concurrently with SR 49 southbound through the town of Sattley, where they intersect CR A23 before splitting off to the northwest. SR 89 continues through Calpine before crossing into Plumas County.[7]

SR 89 continues through Clio and Graeagle before running concurrently with SR 70 through Plumas National Forest, passing through Blairsden, Feather River Inn, Cromberg, Spring Garden, Massack (where SR 70 and 89 have a rest area), East Quincy, and the city of Quincy. SR 70 and SR 89 continue north through Keddie before SR 89 splits off to the north and passes through Indian Falls, Crescent Mills, Greenville, and Canyon Dam.[7] The section of SR 89 from SR 70 north to Crescent Mills was built over the abandoned railway bed of the Indian Valley Railroad. SR 89 intersects with the south end of SR 147 before paralleling the southern shore of Lake Almanor and running concurrently with SR 36 westbound, crossing into Tehama County and Lassen National Forest.[7]

SR 36 and SR 89 intersect the northern terminus of SR 32 and SR 172 before SR 36 splits off to the west and SR 89 enters Lassen Volcanic National Park.[7] The SR 89 designation does not run through the national park. The continuation of SR 89 that runs through Lassen Volcanic National Park is closed in winter due to very heavy snowfall and snowpack. When it is open, a park fee is charged. At the other park entrance in the northwest corner in Shasta County, one can continue along SR 44 to the northeast.

California Route 44 & 89 Intersection

SR 89 continues north from SR 44 through Hat Creek and Doyles Corner before intersecting SR 299. The highway passes through Four Corners and Cayton before intersecting CR A19 and crossing into Siskiyou County. SR 89 briefly passes through the Klamath National Forest and Bartle and McCloud before coming to an interchange with I-5. SR 89 then merges with Mount Shasta Boulevard and terminates just outside the Mount Shasta City city limits.[7]

One point of interest along California State Route 89 includes the Pony Express remount station in Woodfords, the Lake Tahoe Outlet Gates in Tahoe City (control of these gates was the source of the two-decade "Tahoe Water War" between lakeshore owners and downstream Truckee River water users), Plumas-Eureka State Park (containing Johnsville, a well-preserved '49er town, and Pioneer Ski Area, the first sport skiing area in the Western hemisphere), Lake Almanor and Lassen Volcanic National Park.

Many other points of interest, including Brokeoff Mountain, Sulphur Works, Emerald Lake, Lake Helen, Bumpass Hell, Lassen Peak and Summit Lake are also located on this highway.

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 an overlap due to a correction or change, and T indicates postmiles classified as temporary (for a full list of prefixes, see the list of postmile definitions).[10] 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.

County Location Postmile
Destinations Notes
MNO 0.00-7.60
  0.00 US 395Carson City, Coleville South end of SR 89
ALP 0.00-23.97
Bullion 9.96 SR 4 west – Angels Camp, Stockton
Markleeville   CR E1 (Montgomery Street)
Woodfords 21.37
19.22[N 1]
SR 88 east – Minden South end of SR 88 overlap
  13.40[N 1]
SR 88 west (US 50 Alt. west) / Burnside Lake Road – Kirkwood, Jackson North end of SR 88 overlap; south end of US 50 Alt. overlap
El Dorado
ED 0.00-27.41
Meyers 8.55
70.62[N 2]
US 50 west – Placerville South end of US 50 overlap; north end of US 50 Alt. overlap
  71.48[N 2] Pioneer Trail
South Lake Tahoe 75.45[N 2]
US 50 east (Lake Tahoe Boulevard) – Stateline North end of US 50 overlap
PLA 0.00-21.68
Tahoe City T8.57 SR 28 east (Lake Boulevard) – Kings Beach
  13.72 Squaw Valley Road
NEV 0.00-8.70
Truckee 0.49
14.16[N 3]
I‑80 west / Donner Pass Road – Sacramento Interchange; south end of I-80 overlap
  South end of freeway on I-80
14.97[N 3] 186 Central Truckee No northbound entrance
16.29[N 3] 188A Truckee Northbound exit and southbound entrance
  North end of freeway on I-80
16.60[N 3]
I‑80 east / SR 267 south – Reno, Lake Tahoe Interchange; north end of I-80 overlap
SIE 0.00-29.58
Sierraville 15.06 SR 49 north – Loyalton South end of SR 49 overlap
Sattley   CR A23 (Westside Road)
  19.96 SR 49 south – Bassetts, Sierra City, Downieville North end of SR 49 overlap
  23.08 Calpine Road to CR A23Beckwourth
PLU 0.00-R42.19
Valley Ranch   CR A15 (Portola-McLears Road) – Portola
  7.08 Gold Lake Highway – Gold Lake, Downieville
Graeagle   CR A14 (Graeagle-Johnsville Road)
Blairsden 8.71
R66.63[N 4]
SR 70 east – Portola South end of SR 70 overlap
  3.03[N 4]
SR 70 west – Oroville, Marysville North end of SR 70 overlap
  14.84 CR A22 (Arlington Road) – Taylorsville, Antelope Lake
Canyondam 29.59 SR 147 north – Westwood, Susanville, Lake Almanor East Shore Peninsula
6.29[N 5]
SR 36 east – Chester South end of SR 36 overlap
TEH R0.10-4.40
  99.94[N 5] SR 32 west – Chico
Morgan Springs 91.25[N 5] SR 172 west – Mill Creek
  87.68[N 5]
SR 36 west – Red Bluff North end of SR 36 overlap
  4.40 Lassen Volcanic National Park south boundary
Gap in route
SHA R49.35[N 6]-43.35
  R49.35[N 6] Lassen Volcanic National Park north boundary
  R49.35[N 6] SR 44 west – Redding South end of SR 44 overlap
  62.69[N 6]
SR 44 east (Feather Lake Highway) – Susanville, Reno North end of SR 44 overlap
  21.72 SR 299 – Fall River Mills, Alturas, Burney, Redding
  38.78 CR A19 (McArthur Road)
SIS 0.00-R34.62
  R34.62 I‑5Portland, Redding Interchange; north end of SR 89
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  1. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 88 rather than SR 89.
  2. ^ a b c Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along US 50 rather than SR 89.
  3. ^ a b c d Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along I-80 rather than SR 89.
  4. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 70 rather than SR 89.
  5. ^ a b c d Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 36 rather than SR 89.
  6. ^ a b c d Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 44 rather than SR 89.

External links

  • AARoads- State Route 89
  • Caltrans: Route 89 highway conditions
  • California Highways: SR 89


  1. ^ January 1, 2006 California Log of Bridges on State Highways
  2. ^ Google Earth elevation for GNIS coordinates.
  3. ^ California State Map, 2007.
  4. ^ California Codes (shc:250-257)
  5. ^ California Codes (shc:260-284)
  6. ^ "Officially Designated State Scenic Highways and Historic Parkways". California Department of Transportation. December 7, 2007. Retrieved June 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h California Road Atlas (Map). Thomas Brothers. 2008. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "2008 Named Freeways, Highways, Structures and Other Appurtenances in California" (PDF). State of California Business, Transportation and Housing Agency, Department of Transportation. January 2009. Retrieved February 11, 2012. 
  10. ^ a b California Department of Transportation. "State Truck Route List". Sacramento: California Department of Transportation. Archived from the original ( 
  11. ^ California Department of Transportation, Log of Bridges on State Highways, July 2007
  12. ^ California Department of Transportation, All Traffic Volumes on CSHS, 2005 and 2006
  13. ^ California Department of Transportation, California Numbered Exit Uniform System, Interstate 80 Freeway Interchanges, Retrieved on 2009-02-14.
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