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The Santa Cruz Mountain Tour Loop + ADD NEW ROUTE


58   in California California59 Miles Miles

By Richard
on February 1, 2009

3.6out of 5

5 Riders rated

 Scenery

 Road Quality

 Roadside Amenities

Written Directions

Starting on Old San Jose Rd. in Soquel, CA head to Summit Rd(North). turn left and go to Hwy 17 merge onto 17 North a couple miles. Exit Bear Creek Rd. Wind back over freeway and head up the hill on Bear Creek Rd. This will take you all the way to the town of Boulder Creek. Turn Left onto Hwy 9. Take Hwy 9 into Felton. Turn right onto Felton Empire Grade. At the top turn Right on Empire Grade and go about 2 miles, turn left onto Pine Flat Rd. Pine Flat will turn into Bonny Doon Rd. which you will follow out to Hwy 1. Turn left and head back to Santa Cruz. Hope you Have Fun.

Scenery

You will be cruising through the mountains. At the top of bear creek you can sneak a peek of the valleys below. This route passes directly through or right next to about 5 parks so you know the scenery has to be good ... Ana Jean Cummings Park, Forest of Nisene Marks State Park, Lexington Reservoir County Park, Henry Cowell Redwood State Park, and finally Wilder Ranch State Park.

Road Quality

Roadside Amenities

Amenities are out there if you need them. But it's only 60 miles or so, so you won't be doing much stopping

Additional Info

- View the weather forecast for this area from Yahoo weather .

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What Riders Say About this Route Add Review & Rating

By Jam5158
on July 26, 2014 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2013

Motorcycle Make HD RoadGlide Ultra

Motorcycle Type Touring

This is a great ride but the reviewer left out the Hwy 236 route. At Boulder Creek take the 236 for a breathtaking ride through some of the most twisted roads you will ever encounter. Throw in the beautiful scenery of the Santa Cruz redwoods and it is breath taking. Not for the faint of heart to be sure. After your done with this ride come back to Boulder Creek Brewery for some tasty micro brews.

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By Guest
on June 23, 2009 2 out of 2 members found this review useful.

3.5out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make BMW

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

Nice ride. I would also recommend riding Highway 35 north to Highway 84 west. Stop at Alice's and say high to the dozens (or hundreds on a weekend) of other motorcylists there. Watch for police, as they tend to hang here also. You could even head all the way up to Highway 92 and head west to Half Moon Bay. Beautiful day-long ride if the fogs backs off.

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By SupermotoD
on October 5, 2014 1 out of 1 members found this review useful.

5.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2011

Motorcycle Make KTM 990 SMR

Motorcycle Type Sport

Great ride, But lot of traffic on weekends and CHP !

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By Guest
on June 9, 2009 1 out of 2 members found this review useful.

No Rating Provided

Motorcycle Year 2002

Motorcycle Make Triumph

Motorcycle Type Sport-Touring

I've ridden these roads dozens, if not hundreds, of times. Most of the roads in this area are scenic and twisty. Sometimes traffic is a problem, especially on Hwy 9, but there are other options. In the summer, check out the strange plant that smells like salami!

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By mchilese
on September 7, 2016 0 out of 0 members found this review useful.

3.0out of 5

Motorcycle Year 2007

Motorcycle Make Vulcan

Motorcycle Type Cruiser

If I were you, I'd just take the 17 from San Jose, down to Santa Cruz, onto the 1 then up Bay Street and finish the route. The Summit Road-Soquel/San Jose rd isn't that great. There is just too much traffic on those roads, and too many houses opening into the road.

That aside; Bay road, and back up North is great. Stop in Boulder Creek for lunch. Have a blast on the 9 back to the 17. That's where the fun is. Otherwise, I'd look elsewhere for a good day out.

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