I am repeating this from the last paragraph in this post, but this an extremely dangerous road! Driving this highway at speeds faster that the posted limit is not only dangerous, but a great way to get yourself a double find ticket! If you get stuck behind a car traveling slower, and in some cases, much slower, than the posted limit, settle in behind them and relax. DO NOT ATTEMPT TO PASS UNLESS THE VEHICLE IN FRONT OF YOU HAS PULLED OVER, OUT OF THE TRAFFIC LANE!
It has also been suggested that this post is among the reasons that there are accidents on the highway. Not incompetent drivers. Not poor judgement. This post. So, I have taken the liberty to edit out some of the information that was previously here as I am not prepared to accept responsibility or liability for any problems that occur on this road.
Since it’s too hot (105 degrees) and the cost of fuel is still way to high ($2.80 on 7/15/05), I’ve assembled a virtually motoring tour of Ortega Highway, courtesy Google Earth.
I’ve driven this road twice a day since 1995. It’s a great road to take if you aren’t in a big rush on your way to Temecula Wine Country or up to the cooler climes of Idylwild.
The Ortega Highway, from Lake Elsinore to San Juan Capistrano. This should be fun. Click below to continue on the tour. Dial-up users will have to exercise patience as there are 10 images total.
The road starts here:
This section going up (west).
If this image would have turned out, you would see a fairly long straightaway with a a few turns.
Remember, you aren’t supposed to cross the double yellow!
El Carriso Village. 45MPH please if you don’t mind. All downhill too, so watch out!
The big sweeper at the bottom of Bear Canyon is at the bottom of a very long downhill section.
The gravel trucks have a hard time keeping their line here, so watch out!
More of the same. Again, watch for the big trucks as they tend to loose their lines through here.
That’s it. Well, pretty much anyway. Fair warning This road is heavily patrolled by Highway Patrol everyday of the week, and CalTrans likes to send survey crews out without notice. The section of the road of the Orange County Line to Interstate 5 is a double fine zone as well. Traffic is so heavy that it really isn’t possible to hit the speeds I have listed here. Not that I’ve tried or anything, since this is an extremely dangerous road. It’s just that I’ve heard these speeds are possible :)