Ortega Highway, linking Orange and Riverside counties, is picturesque — and deadly

Mountainous Ortega Highway offers motorists picturesque views of the Cleveland National Forest's canyons and scrub-covered peaks — and a winding ro...

November 22, 2022
9:42 PM

Mountainous Ortega Highway offers motorists picturesque views of the Cleveland National Forest's canyons and scrub-covered peaks — and a winding route that poses constant challenges and is home, too often, to death. Surrounded by sheer walls and steep drop-offs, Ortega, also called Highway 74, features one blind curve after another that obscures what's just beyond the next bend. The Covington brothers, from left, Robert, 60, Gary, 66, and John, 62, ride their motorcycles down Ortega Highway near Lake Elsinore on Sunday, Oct.

Josh Cain