California State Route 49

State Route 49 is a north-south state highway in the U.S. state of California that passes through many historic mining communities of the 1849 California gold rush. Highway 49 is numbered after the "49ers", the waves of immigrants who swept into the area looking for gold, and a portion of it is known as the Gold Country Highway. This roadway begins at Oakhurst in the Sierra-Nevada mountains, where it diverges from State Route 41. It continues in a generally northwest direction, weaving through the communities of Goldside and Ahwahnee, before crossing into Mariposa County. State Route 49 then continues northward through the counties of Mariposa, Tuolumne, Calaveras, Amador, El Dorado, Placer, Nevada, Yuba, Sierra, and Plumas, where it reaches its northern terminus at State Route 70, in Vinton.

This route is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System.

Points of interest

Listed in order from south to north.

Major intersections

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.
County Location Postmile
Destinations Notes
MAD 0.00-9.28
Oakhurst 0.00
MPA 0.33-48.84
Mariposa 18.50
140 21.22
South end of SR 140 overlap
140 22.00
North end of SR 140 overlap
Bear Valley 29.45
Coulterville 44.67
TUO 0.00-R27.52
120 R23.90
South end of SR 120 overlap
120 15.52
North end of SR 120 overlap
R11.59 South end of SR 108 overlap
Sonora 16.48 North end of SR 108 overlap
17.97 Washington Street Former SR 108 east
CAL R0.00-30.87
Angels Camp 7.21 South end of SR 4 overlap
8.67 North end of SR 4 overlap
Mokelumne Hill 27.61
AMA 0.00-22.12
Jackson 4.03 South end of SR 88 overlap
Martell 5.93 North end of SR 88 overlap
Sutter Creek 6.98
Valley View Drive – Amador City, Sutter Creek Former SR 49 north
Old Highway 49 – Amador City, Sutter Creek Former SR 49 south
Central House 14.72
Plymouth 17.22
El Dorado
ED 0.00-38.23
El Dorado 9.64 Pleasant Valley Road Former US 50 west
9.7 Forni Road Former US 50 east
Placerville 14.90
Coloma 22.87
Cool 34.47 South end of SR 193 overlap
PLA 0.00-11.37
Auburn 3.21 North end of SR 193 overlap
6.38 Auburn Municipal Airport
NEV 0.00-R32.64
2.19 Combie Road / Wolf Road – Lake of the Pines
Grass Valley South end of freeway
R13.66 McKnight Way, South Auburn Street
20 R12.30
South end of SR 20 overlap
See ''State Route 20
Nevada City North end of freeway
20 R17.40
North end of SR 20 overlap
27.52 Pleasant Valley Road – French Corral, Bridgeport
YUB R0.00-9.37
SIE 0.00-64.05
89 19.96
South end of SR 89 overlap
Sierraville 89 15.06
North end of SR 89 overlap
Loyalton 60.6
PLU 0.00-7.50
7.50 , Reno

Other names

Route 49 has the following names, as designated by various state laws:

  • Golden Center Freeway: From Grass Valley to Nevada City.
  • Golden Chain Highway: Entire route.
  • John C. Begovich Memorial Highway: From Jackson to Route 88.
  • Mother Lode Highway: From Sonora to Auburn.


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