Route 26 is a north-south route located in southwest Kanto. The route is one of the longest routes in Kanto history. Its end is the Pokémon League Reception Gate, where it connects to Route 22, Route 28 and Victory Road. The southern is on a bridge east of Tohjo Falls, where it becomes Route 27.
From its southern end at Route 27, Route 26 continues east on a bridge over a body of water for eight paces before turning north, where a Trainer waits. About 15 paces north of the northward turn, Route 26 makes landfall for the first time. At this point, the route turns to the northeast for a short distance, passing through several grassy areas filled with wild Pokémon, after which another trainer waits at a three-way intersection. To the west is the southern exit of a southbound-only express route, which occupies the west side of Route 26 and can be used to quickly return to Route 27, Tohjo Falls, and Johto. To the north are more grass patches and the main path of Route 26 as it continues on.
Free of grass for the remainder of the route, the road continues north for another 20 paces before intersecting the northern terminus of the express path. North of this intersection is a rest stop similar to that on Route 111 in Hoenn. Next to this house is an Blu Apricorn tree.
Route 26 turns northwest from the rest stop, passing another Trainer before returning northward. 25 paces ahead, Ace Trainer Gaven awaits on the west bank of a small pond located east of the route. Upon defeating him, he will offer to exchange numbers in the Pokégear for future rematches.
Continuing towards the Reception Gate, the road turns northeast ahead of another southbound-only express path. The route straightens out, taking on a northern alignment as it passes another Trainer hidden in an alcove and Ace Trainer Jamie (Cool Trainer Beth in Generation II) at the northern terminus of both the express path and Route 26. Jamie/Beth will also offer to exchange numbers after battling.
Just north of Jamie/Beth is the south entrance to the Reception Gate, as well as the signpost that gives the Reception Gate its formal name.