Highway 32 at Forest Avenue, looking toward Forest Ranch

California State Route 32, popularly known as Highway 32, is an east-west state highway that traverses Chico and is part of the California Freeway and Expressway System. The route runs from Interstate 5 in Orland, through Chico and into the Sierra Nevada foothills ending at the junction of Highway 89 and Highway 36 near the community of Deer Creek.

Within different towns, it has additional local names: it is Sixth Street in Hamilton City, while in Orland, it is also named Walker Street and Newville Road. Entering Chico from the west, it is known as Nord Avenue beginning at West East Avenue. As it passes over Big Chico Creek, immediately adjacent to West First Street, it becomes Walnut Street. It continues through the South Campus Neighborhood intersecting the The Streets, but turns to become West 8th and 9th Streets up to Highway 99, where it then becomes Deer Creek Highway for the rest of its length. It passes through the nearby community of Forest Ranch. Much of the highway to the northeast is windy and mountainous, and is one way to get to Lassen National Park from Chico.