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State Route 49 shield
State Route 49
Golden Chain Highway
Defined by S&HC § 349, maintained by Caltrans
Length: 295.065 mi[1] (474.861 km)
SR 49 is broken into pieces, and the length does not reflect the SR 140, SR 120, SR 20, and SR 89 overlaps that would be required to make the route continuous.
South end: SR 41 at Oakhurst
SR 140 at Mariposa
SR 108 in Sonora
SR 4 in Angels Camp
SR 104 in Sutter Creek
US 50 in Placerville
I-80 in Auburn
SR 20 in Nevada City
North end: SR 70 at Vinton
State highways in California (list - pre-1964)
< SR 47 US 50 >
History - Unconstructed - Deleted - Freeway - Scenic
State Route 49 crossing the American River North/Middle Fork, as seen from Foresthill Bridge (the SR-49 bridge is unseen)
The South Fork of the Yuba River as it intersects with Hwy 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, Madera County, 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 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[2] and is eligible for the State Scenic Highway System[3].


Route description

Listed in order from south to north.


Other names

SR 49 in Tuolumne County

Route 49 has the following names, as designated by various state laws:[4]

  • 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.

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
#[7] Destinations Notes
MAD 0.00-9.28
Oakhurst 0.00 SR 41Yosemite, Fresno
4.49 Road 600, Sunrise Drive – Raymond
MPA 0.33-48.84
Mariposa 18.50
21.22[N 1]
SR 140 west – Merced South end of SR 140 overlap
22.00[N 1]
SR 140 east / Jones Street – Yosemite North end of SR 140 overlap
Old Toll Road – Hornitos, Snelling
Bear Valley 29.45 CR J16 (Bear Valley Road) – Hornitos, Snelling
Coulterville 44.67 SR 132 west – La Grange, Modesto
CR J132 east (Main Street) – Greeley Hill, Yosemite
TUO 0.00-R27.52
R23.90[N 2]
SR 120 east – Yosemite South end of SR 120 overlap
15.52[N 2]
SR 120 west – Oakdale North end of SR 120 overlap
R11.59 SR 108 west – Modesto South end of SR 108 overlap
Jamestown 14.74 CR E5 (Rawhide Road) / Humbug Street
Sonora 16.48 SR 108 east – Pinecrest North end of SR 108 overlap
17.97 Washington Street Former SR 108 east
20.40 CR E18 (Parrots Ferry Road) – Columbia
23.71 CR E5 (Rawhide Road) – Jamestown
CAL R0.00-30.87
Angels Camp 7.21 Old Highway 4 – Murphys, Arnold, Bear Valley, Markleeville Former SR 4 east
8.67 SR 4Murphys, Copperopolis, Farmington, Stockton
San Andreas 18.79 Mountain Ranch Road – Mountain Ranch, Sheep Ranch
19.41 California 49.svg SR 49 Hist. (Main Street) Former SR 49 north
R20.50 SR 12 west – Valley Springs, Stockton
R22.21 California 49.svg SR 49 Hist. (Gold Strike Road) Former SR 49 south
Mokelumne Hill 27.61 SR 26Valley Springs, West Point
AMA 0.00-22.12
Jackson 4.03 SR 88 east – Pine Grove, Woodfords South end of SR 88 overlap
Martell 5.93 SR 88 west – Stockton North end of SR 88 overlap
Sutter Creek 6.98 SR 104 (Ridge Road)
Old Route 49, Valley View Drive – Sutter Creek, Amador City Former SR 49 north
Old Highway 49 – Amador City, Sutter Creek Former SR 49 south
Central House 14.72 SR 16 west – Sacramento
Plymouth 17.22 CR E16 (Shenandoah Road) / Main Street – Fiddletown, River Pines
El Dorado
ED 0.00-38.23
El Dorado 9.64 Pleasant Valley Road – Sacramento Former US 50 west
Forni Road Former US 50 east
Diamond Springs 11.24 US 50 (CA).svg Missouri Flat Road to US 50
11.86 Pleasant Valley Road, Fowler Lane
Placerville 14.90 US 50 (El Dorado Freeway) – Lake Tahoe, Sacramento
15.69 SR 193Georgetown
Coloma 22.87 Cold Springs Road (SR 153)
Lotus (Lotus Road)
Rattlesnake Bar Road – Folsom Lake
Cool 34.47 SR 193 east – Greenwood, Georgetown South end of SR 193 overlap
PLA 0.00-11.37
Auburn 3.21 I-80 (SR 193 west) – Reno, Sacramento Interchange; north end of SR 193 overlap
6.38 I-80 (CA).svg Bell Road to I-80 Serves 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
R12.30[N 3]
SR 20 west / Empire Street – Marysville South end of SR 20 overlap
R12.92[N 3] 182A SR 174Colfax, Grass Valley
R13.61[N 3] 182B Idaho Maryland Road, East Main Street – Grass Valley
R14.80[N 3] 183 Brunswick Road
R15.92[N 3] 185A Gold Flat Road, Ridge Road Signed as exit 185 westbound
Nevada City R16.74[N 3] 185B Sacramento Street – Nevada City Northbound exit and southbound entrance
R16.99[N 3]-
R17.24[N 3]
186 Broad Street, Coyote Street – Nevada City
North end of freeway
R17.40[N 3]
SR 20 east / Uren Street – Truckee North end of SR 20 overlap
15.81 West Broad Street, Cement Hill Road – Nevada City
27.52 Pleasant Valley Road – French Corral, Bridgeport
YUB R0.00-9.37
3.59 CR E20 (Marysville Road)
SIE 0.00-64.05
R34.31 Gold Lake Road – Blairsden, Gold Lake, Graeagle
19.96[N 4]
SR 89 north – Calpine, Graeagle, Blairsden, Quincy South end of SR 89 overlap
Sattley CR A23 (Westside Road)
Sierraville 15.06[N 4]
SR 89 south – Truckee North end of SR 89 overlap
Loyalton CR A24 (4th Street)
PLU 0.00-7.50
Vinton 7.50 SR 70Beckwourth, Quincy, Reno
  1. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 120 rather than SR 49.
  2. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 120 rather than SR 49.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 20 rather than SR 49.
  4. ^ a b Indicates that the postmile represents the distance along SR 89 rather than SR 49.


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