Ridge Route: The Aftermath of the Route Fire

On August 31st, around noon, a the Route Fire started off the I-5 just North of Castiac. It took 5 days to put out and burned 5208 acres, including much of the South Ridge Route. The incredible firefighters were able to save almost every structure on the road (I’ve gathered there were a couple RVsContinue reading “Ridge Route: The Aftermath of the Route Fire”

Preserving the Road… One Photo at a Time

A stark reminder of why I document this road so heavily… My heart sank as I pulled up to Sandberg’s. It has been a few weeks since I have been up and the first thing I noticed was a chunk of barren dirt above the old retaining wall. A fire had come through this areaContinue reading “Preserving the Road… One Photo at a Time”

PHOTOS: The (official) Ridge Route Tour!

When I heard the Ridge Route Communities Museum was doing a Ridge Route Tour, I jumped at the opportunity! How awesome is it to do a tour with actual Ridge Route historians! While I won’t spoil the whole tour for y’all , I’ll give you an idea of what it’s like. We all met upContinue reading “PHOTOS: The (official) Ridge Route Tour!”

Ridge Route Travel Guide

Here’s our updated Ridge Route Travel Guide with clear maps of what exactly is open and locations of historical significance. Disclaimer: I do not encourage anyone to drive the closed off section of the road. It is, however, accessible on foot, bike, scooter, horseback, unicycle… whatever creative way you could get back there without aContinue reading “Ridge Route Travel Guide”

Ridge Route Fire Closure Lifted! Where to go?

We made it through 2020! So in celebration, let’s go on a little tour of the Ridge Route! The road has been closed since the Lake Fire but is back open again (well not the whole thing, but back to what was open before the fire). Here’s a little tour of what’s what. You’ll exitContinue reading “Ridge Route Fire Closure Lifted! Where to go?”

Places to see the 1915 Ridge Route… While Closed

The closure put into effect after the Lake Fire covers most of the Ridge Route but is set to end on December 31st. Until then, where can you see the original concrete of the Ridge Route? ALL THREE ROADS! This is s super cool spot! All 3 roads, the 1915 Ridge Route, the 1933 RidgeContinue reading “Places to see the 1915 Ridge Route… While Closed”

Hidden Bits of the Ridge Route in Gorman

A drive through Gorman to find new chunks of the Ridge Route. Following Gorman Post Road to Peace Valley Road. A nice piece in good condition at Gorman Post Road right off the 138. Wonder if it’s original or has been redone?

A Drive Down the Ridge Route and Ridge Route Alternate

Ridge Route, Highway 99 and the 5 Freeway – all going to and from the same place, just from different eras. In my social distancing adventure outside the house, I drove on all 3 of these roads. Starting out on the Ridge Route in Castiac, I headed north towards Templin Highway. Continuing on to HighwayContinue reading “A Drive Down the Ridge Route and 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!”