190 East in Tulare County

190 doesn't ever really have an overlook where you can look over the whole valley, but that doesn't stop me from recommending this ride. It is much more wooded than 180, 88, and Interstate 80. It is even more wooded than US50.  This set is from the Spring of 1997, during an intense year of rain and snow, and from June 1996, at the start of an El Niño summer. There's no smog in the winter time set of photos. 190 is generally a slow (20 to 25 mph) Sierra highway that doesn't have steep climbs. It runs through the Southern Sierra, and through a lot of National Forest land. This part of the Sierra isn't terribly crowded. It generally misses the brunt of most snow storms, and this is a very scenic area. Currently 190 stops around the crest of the Sierra. Another section of 190 runs through Death Valley, into Nevada. Too bad this road doesn't run all the way through. This route was built by hand in the late 1800s as a wagon road, according to an "On the Map" from KSEE24.

This is probably one of the most scenic rides I have ever seen in California. This area is one that sees few visitors, so it is an overlooked treasure. The smell of Sequoia is intense once you go over about 4500'.
Right after 99 you see this sign:

Poplar             5
Porterville     17
Springville     33

There are stop signs at Road 191 and Westwood.

190 in the Valley, looking at the mountains it will cross.

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Approaching Porterville. 190 and 65 are divided highways in Porterville. Because of the summer time smog, you can barely make out the Sierra foothills.

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190 in Porterville.

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