I took Forest Road 49 as a shortcut from Lava Beds National Monument, and what a scenic route I took! I certainly wouldn't recommend it for all vehicles, as the road is unpaved in some areas, and has many large potholes throughout. With that said, you can really get away from it all by traveling into the forest. You won't see a lot of people, and if you love forests, you will be in heaven with all the trees around you. I only wish I had more time to enjoy the drive.