The Ridge Route Alternate

As traffic increased in car technology improved, the 1915 Old Ridge Route just didn’t cut it anymore. The need for higher speeds and a better flow of traffic pushed for a new and improved road. The Ridge Route Alternate opened in 1933. The goal was to have a highway that could handle a lot moreContinue reading “The Ridge Route Alternate”

Frazier Mountain Lookout

The Frazier Mountain Lookout now sits abandoned and gutted. Originally put into service in 1905, it was the first lookout in what was the Santa Barbara National Forest and served as a way to spot wildfires. At 8013ft above sea level, you have quite a view of the area! The building that currently stands wasContinue reading “Frazier Mountain Lookout”

Behind the Photo: “Climb to Reservoir Summit”

The Old Ridge Route climbing up to Reservoir Summit. The original concrete is partnered with pavement, added later to straighten the curves of the road. There’s something so beautiful about the original 100+ year old pinkish concrete though! Yuccas and native brush surround the road. Waiting around the corner is a sweeping new view! LocationContinue reading “Behind the Photo: “Climb to Reservoir Summit””

Power lines and Towers

Something I’ve always been curious about are the many types of power line towers running along the Ridge Route and the 5 freeway. Some old and rusted and some modern. I did a little research and discovered the Big Creek Transmission Line. This transmission line was first put into service on November 8th 1913 andContinue reading “Power lines and Towers”

Ridge Route Alternate

At a point, we outgrew the original Ridge Route and that’s when Highway 99/the Ridge Route Alternate came into play. It was the next step, followed by our modern day 5 Freeway. It was built in 1933, only 18 years after the original Ridge Route, but was made to handle more traffic and trucks. TheseContinue reading “Ridge Route Alternate”

Markers, markers, markers!

Social distancing day…? Out looking for markers on the Ridge and a little exploring on the 1933 Ridge Route Alternate (or Highway 99). If you’d like to look up information on these markers, there’s a cool interactive map here. Markers on the Ridge Route Up on the hill on the right, on the edge ofContinue reading “Markers, markers, markers!”