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California State Route 26

On the way back from taking photos on California State Route 49 I wanted to try something a little different and took CA 26 from CA 88 westward to CA 99.






A large chunk of CA 26 was originally signed as CA 8.  CA 26 is a east/west route that begins in Amador County near Pine Grove at CA 88.  CA 26 is signed as not recommended for 30 foot vehicles as it traverses mountain grades for 25 miles westward to Mokelumne Hill at CA 49.  


The east terminus of CA 26 is weird in that it travels directly east of CA 88 down a canyon towards the North Fork Mokelumne River.  The North Fork Mokelumne River is also the Calaveras County line.







CA 26 climbs westward away from the North Fork Mokelumne River before turning east again towards West Point.







West Point is a Gold Rush era town site which dates back to 1852 when it was called Indian Gulch.  In 1854 the community name was changed to West Point which was the name of a camp at the location of the community Kit Carson established which looking for a pa…