Originally Posted by byways
Seems about the best one can do, but the reward waiting on the other side -- the Sierra -- is pretty great.
Nicest route on a dual sport is Hwy 162. From the coast you can cross Mendocino Pass then drop into the valley at Willows. 162 actually has some decent scenery and eventually brings you into Oroville. You climb right out of Oroville on some nice twisty pavement and in no time your into the Gold Country