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

Nov. 22—Mountainous Ortega Highway offers motorists picturesque views of the Cleveland National Forest's canyons and scrub-covered peaks — and a wi...

November 25, 2022
5:14 AM

Nov. 22—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. With help from UC Berkeley traffic safety researchers, state officials map deaths on California's highways and freeways going back to 2011.

Josh Cain