• Chimney Rock was an important emigrant landmark in western Nebraska

    California

    National Historic Trail CA,CO,ID,KS,MO,NE,NV,OR,UT,WY

Auto Tour Route - Oregon

Below the map are driving directions to follow the Auto Tour Route for the California National Historic Trail north to Oregon, from California.
 
Auto Tour Route driving directions for Oregon.
Auto Tour Route driving directions for Oregon.
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Applegate Route:

1. Take State Route 39 north to State Route 66.
2. Turn west onto State Route 66 at Klamath Falls.
3. Take State Route 66 west to Interstate 5.
4. Turn onto I-5 north at Ashland.
5. Take I-5 north to State Route 99 north at Eugene.
6. State Route 99 becomes State Route 99W.
7. Turn west onto Clow Corner Rd. and follow to Dallas and the trail's end.

Total original route miles in Oregon (including alternate routes): 424

Did You Know?

Gates of the Bear River, WY. Photo courtesy of The Wagner Perspective.

Rivers played an important role in establishing the 1840s - 1860s Emigrant Road to Oregon and California. In general, the route left the Missouri River to follow the Platte, then the Sweetwater to the Bear, the Snake and then either North to the Columbia or South to the Humboldt. More...