- California State Route 162
terminus_a=jct|state=CA|US|101 at Longvale
junction=jct|state=CA|FH|7|nolink1=yes near Covelo
jct|state=CA|FH|7|nolink1=yes near Elk Creek
jct|state=CA|I|5 in Willows
jct|state=CA|SR|70 in Oroville
terminus_b=Foreman Creek Road at Brush Creek
State Route 162 runs roughly west-east from U.S. Route 101 near Longvale, in Mendocino County, to Oroville, in Butte County. For most of its length, it is a two lane, undivided highway. The highway is broken into two pieces, the state's sponsorship of the road ends where it enters the
Mendocino National Forestin Mendocino County; here it becomes an unimproved dirt road maintained by the U.S. Forest Service. It picks up again at the eastern boundary of the National Forest in Glenn County, some convert|30|mi|km west of Willows.
This route is part of the
California Freeway and Expressway System[http://www.leginfo.ca.gov/cgi-bin/displaycode?section=shc&group=00001-01000&file=250-257 CA Codes (shc:250-257)] ] .
Longvale to Covelo
State Route 162 (SR 162) begins in Mendocino County at Longvale, convert|10|mi|km south of the town of Laytonville along U.S. Route 101. It goes east through Long Valley next to the Middle Fork of the Eel River. On the opposite bank of the river is the right of way of the disused
Northwestern Pacific Railroad. It is convert|30|mi|km from Longvale to Covelo. This portion of SR 162 is called Covelo Road. Covelo is in Round Valley, home of the Round Valley Indian Reservation[http://www.covelo.net/tribes/pages/tribes_history.shtml] . SR 162 is called Commercial Street as it goes north through the center of town. Beyond Covelo, there are convert|11|mi|km of paved road, called Mendocino Pass Road, between Covelo and the Mendocino National Forest.
Crossing the Mendocino National Forest
When entering the national forest the road becomes
Forest Highway7 (FH7). Here the pavement ends and FH7 continues across the Mendocino National Forest some 50 miles (80 km) over Mendocino Pass, (5,006 ft. / 1,526 m), which is closed in winter due to heavy snowfall. It is roughly 35 miles (56 km) along the unpaved road to Alder Springs, which is inside the Mendocino National Forestin Glenn County. Alder Springs is the location of the Alder Springs GASB site, which is part of the Consolidated Reporting of EarthquakeS and Tsunamis, (CREST), network run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), the United States Geological Survey, (USGS), & the Federal Emergency Management Agency, (FEMA). The pavement resumes here and it is 41 miles (66 km) from here to Willows. Along the way, SR 162 crosses Stoney Creek and runs east paralleling Nye Creek. Seven miles west of Willows is Thunderhill Raceway Park. At Willows, SR 162 passes the Willows-Glenn County Airport[http://www.airnav.com/airport/KWLW] , (FAA Identifier: WLW), and crosses Interstate 5.
Across the Central Valley
From Willows and the intersection of Interstate 5, SR 162 runs east for convert|9|mi|km to the town of Glenn. Here, the track of SR 162 turns right and follows State Route 45 south for convert|4|mi|km along the bank of the
Sacramento Riverto Codora. Here, the highway turns left going east, crosses the Sacramento River and enters the town of Butte City. The highway jogs north as it passes through Butte City, then east again going convert|20|mi|km due east to meet State Route 99 (formerly U.S. Route 99). This is called the Butte City Highway. SR 162 turns north along SR 99 then east again along Oroville Dam Boulevard.
Travelling east, SR 162 passes the Thermalito Afterbay and the
Oroville Municipal Airport[http://www.airnav.com/airport/KOVE] , (FAA Identifier: OVE) before crossing the Feather Riveron the Randy Jennings Memorial Bridge. As the highway enters Oroville, it crosses under State Route 70. Here it is called Oroville Dam Blvd or "Oro-Dam". SR 162 goes 2 miles (3 km) through the center of Oroville then turns right onto Olive Highway. Olive Highway goes east 7¼ miles (12 km) to Kelly Ridge Road where it turns north and crosses Lake Orovilleover the Bidwell Bar Bridge. SR 162 ends along the Oroville-Quincy Highway at Foreman Creek Road along the eastern edge of the Lake Oroville National Recreation Area.
In 1915, the Oroville-Quincy Highway was designated as Legislative Route Number 30. [http://www.cahighways.org/chrphas2.html] This route was abandoned by the state in 1924. In the late 1930s, there was a temporary routing of Alternate US 40 that ran from Davis through Yuba City to Oroville thence to Quincy along Oroville-Quincy Highway, and Bucks Lake Road. The Oroville-Quincy Highway begins in Oroville at Oro-Dam Blvd E just past Olive Highway and runs east. It continues east roughly paralleling Olive Highway until it merges with SR 162 just before Oakvale Ave. It breaks off from SR 162 at Wally B Lane running parallel to the highway for a mile or so before reconnecting at Kelly Ridge Road. The highway runs roughly north and crosses Lake Oroville over the Bidwell Bar Bridge. SR 162 ends near here at Foreman Creek Road, but the Oroville-Quincy Highway continues toward
Berry Creekand Madrone Lake. Here it turns east again and runs 6½ miles to Brush Creek. From Brush Creek, the highway turns north for 12½ miles to Palmetto. Here the highway turns ENE convert|11|mi|km to Buck's Lodge and Bucks Lake. It then goes 16¼ east along Buck's Lake Road past Meadow Valleyand Spanish Ranchbefore arriving at Quincy, a total distance of 62¾ miles.
:"Note: Except where prefixed with a letter,
postmiles were measured in 1964, based on the alignment as it existed at that time, and do not necessarily reflect current mileage. The numbers reset at county lines; the start and end postmiles in each county are given in the county column."
* [http://www.cahighways.org/161-168.html Route 162 @ California Highways.com]
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