California Highway 79

March 14, 2002 - Philip J. Erdelsky, pje@efgh.com
(Highway 371 junction updated 2-16-2005)

California Highway 79 begins at an interchange with Interstate Highway 8 just east of Alpine in San Diego County. It follows a somewhat winding path north through Julian, Santa Ysabel, Warner Springs, Temecula and Hemet. It ends at an interchange with Interstate Highway 10 in Beaumont in Riverside County.

Northbound California Highway 79 runs concurrently with other highways in several places:

The junction of California Highways 78 and 371 in Aguanga used to be somewhat confusing. The alignment of roads suggested that Highway 79 was the main highway and Highway 371 was a side road. However, the placement of stop signs suggested that Highway 371 and the northern part of Highway 79 were the main highway and the southern part of Highway 79 was a side road. Not surprisingly, the junction had more than the usual number of warning signs. See photograph. Then the traffic engineers at Caltrans came to their senses, and the junction is now a standard T intersection with three-way stop signs. See photograph.

The following table lists the major intersections and landmarks on California Highway 79.

miles from south end left (for northbound traveler) control right (for northbound traveler) remarks
0.0Interstate 8 WESTinterchangeInterstate 8 EASTCalifornia Highway 79 begins
2.6California Highway 79stop (southbound only) Old Highway 80 straight ahead
2.8Viejas Blvd   
6.9Green Valley Park (formerly a campground)   
22.0Paso Picacho Campground   
25.4  Chambers Park 
27.3  County Highway S1, Sunrise Highway 
32.7  Jess Martin Park 
33.1California Highway 79 NORTH, California Highway 78 WEST, Main Ststop (northbound only)California Highway 78 EAST 
33.3California Highway 79 NORTH, California Highway 78 WESTfour-way stopWashington Ststraight ahead is Farmer Rd
34.3Pine Hills Rd   
36.9  Wynola Rd 
39.0Inaja Memorial Park   
40.0Washington Ststop (southbound only)California Highway 79 NORTH, Washington Ststraight ahead is California Highway 78 WEST
41.9Mesa Grande Rd   
47.0 cattle guard  
47.0California Highway 76 WEST  photograph
51.3  County Highway S2, San Felipe Rd 
68.8  Oak Grove Campground 
72.8   Riverside County Line, see photograph
75.1 three-way stopCalifornia Highway 371 NORTHsee photograph
78.7  County Highway R3 NORTH, Sage Road 
80.0   Temecula Creek
82.3Dripping Springs Campground   
84.2Woodchuck Rd   
85.5  Pauba Rd 
86.8  Los Caballos Rd 
87.4   Temecula Creek
87.5  Anza Rd 
88.9Butterfield Stage Rdtraffic lightButterfield Stage Rd 
89.8Meadows Parkwaytraffic lightMeadows Parkway 
90.3Margarita Rdtraffic lightMargarita Rd 
91.9Pala Rdtraffic light  
92.3La Paz Rdtraffic lightLa Paz Rd 
92.6Interstate Highway 15 SOUTHinterchange, traffic lightsCalifornia Highway 79 NORTH, Interstate Highway 15 NORTHstraight ahead is Front St
94.2Rancho California RdinterchangeRancho California Rd 
95.8Winchester Rdinterchange, traffic lightsCalifornia Highway 79 NORTH, Winchester Rdstraight ahead is Interstate Highway 15 NORTH
95.9Ynez Rdtraffic lightYnez Rd 
96.6Margarita Rdtraffic lightMargarita Rd 
97.3John Jay Avetraffic lightNicolas Rd 
98.3Murietta Hot Spgstraffic lightMurietta Hot Spgs 
101.0Benton Rd  apparently also Briggs Rd to left
101.2  Benton Rd 
101.7Thompson Rd Thompson Rdapparently also Los Alamos Rd to left
101.7Leon Rd   
105.2Scott Rd Washington St 
109.0 traffic lightDomenigoni Pkwy 
109.8Simpson Rdfour-way stopSimpson Rd 
110.0   railroad grade crossing
112.2California Highway 74 WESTtraffic lightCalifornia Highway 79 NORTH, California Highway 74 EAST 
114.7Warren Rdtraffic lightWarren Rd 
115.2Myers Sttraffic lightMyers St 
116.2Sanderson Avetraffic lightSanderson Ave 
116.7Kirby Sttraffic lightKirby St 
117.0Gilmore Sttraffic lightGilmore St 
117.2Lyon Avetraffic lightLyon Ave 
117.7Palm Avetraffic lightPalm Ave 
118.2Ynez St Ynez Strailroad grade crossing
118.2County Highway R3 NORTH, State Sttraffic lightCounty Highway R3 SOUTH, State St 
118.4Buena Vista Sttraffic lightBuena Vista St 
118.7Santa Fetraffic lightSanta Fe 
118.9California Highway 79 NORTH, San Jacinto Sttraffic lightSan Jacinto Ststraight ahead is California Highway 74 EAST, Flo
119.2Devonshire Avefour-way stopDevonshire Ave 
119.4Oakland Avefour-way stopOakland Ave 
119.7Menlo Avefour-way stopMenlo Ave 
120.7Esplanade Avetraffic lightEsplanade Ave 
121.2Seventh Sttraffic lightSeventh St 
121.5Main Stfive-way stopMain St45 degrees left is California Highway 79 NORTH, Ramona Blvd
122.4County Highway R3 SOUTH, State Sttraffic lightCalifornia Highway 79 NORTH, State St 
122.9Ramona Expwytraffic lightRamona Expwy 
124.3   San Jacinto River
126.7Sanderson AveinterchangeCalifornia Highway 79 NORTH, Lamb Canyon Rd 
130.0Riverside County Disposal Site, County Landfill Rdtraffic light  
133.0   pass over railroad
133.1Interstate Highway 10 WESTinterchange, traffic lightsInterstate Highway 10 EASTCalifornia Highway 79 ends