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This page provides information about some of the more prominent named trails and roads in California:


The De Anza Trail is a National Historic Trail that runs from Arizona to the San Francisco Bay area. This page provides information on the trail, its history, and routing.

El Camino Real

The El Camino Real (The Kings Road) was the original state highway. This page provides the legislative definition of the route and the history of the route.

The following sites also provide good information on trails related to California:

[Volcanic Legacy]

Volcanic Legacy Scenic Byway All American Road. This is a 500 mile journey from volcano to volcano. The southern end of the byway begins at California's Lake Almanor, just miles from the active geothermal features at Lassen Volcanic National Park. The northern end of the byway is capped by Crater Lake National Park in Oregon where mysteries of the earth's interior are studied.

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[Pikes Peak]

Pikes Peak Ocean to Ocean Highway. This is one of the early transcontinental highways of the named trail era (about 1910-1926). The course of the highway was from New York through Philadelphia, Washington, Baltimore, Cumberland, Wheeling, Columbus, Dayton, Indianapolis, Springfield, Ill., Hannibal, Mo., St. Joseph, Belleville, Kans., Colorado Springs, Glenwood Springs, Salt Lake City, Reno, Sacramento and Oakland to San Francisco (and in a later version, to Los Angeles). Principle highways in California were US 40, US 50, US 99, and Route 89. Maps can be found here.

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Dave Schul's North American Auto Trails. This site is devoted to the old roads--the marked trails that existed in the 1910s-1920s, before road numbering came into wide usage.

The National Park Service also has a site dedicated to the Old Spanish Trail, as the Old Spanish Trail Association.

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