Bonny Doon Bike Climb - PJAMM Cycling

3.9
FIETS
7.2 mi
DISTANCE
2,201 ft
GAINED
5.8 %
AVG. GRADE

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Bonny Doon is a very nice and popular climb rising out of Panther Beach just north of Santa Cruz into the Santa Cruz Mountains. The first half of the climb is the most difficult with a 2.3 mile stretch early on weighing in at 9.4%.  This climb has been included three times in the Tour of California. This climb is ranked #3 in Santa Cruz County.
Average grade is 5.8%.  44% of the climb is at 0-5% grade, 36% is at 5-10%, and 18% is at 10-15%.  The steepest quarter-mile is 12.4%.

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Roadway:  Two lane road in good condition with a narrow shoulder you could ride in most of the climb.

Traffic:  Light.

Parking:  On the road across Highway 1 from the start of the climb - MapStreet View
Provisions:  None on the route.  A nice option for fruit and beverages is Frabrini's Farm Produce, half a mile south of the Bonny Doon on Highway 1, or Santa Cruz 10 miles south (Map). 
Before heading out on any cycling adventure check out our Things to Bring on a Cycling Trip and use our interactive check list to ensure you don't forget anything.
Be sure to visit Santa Cruz on your trip - the Boardwalk and Natural Bridges State Beach are fun places to spend time at.  See our climb area page at Santa Cruz County.

There are many scenic and moderately challenging bike climbs in the Santa Cruz Mountains.  Use the “Routes in Area” button on the menu bar above to see other bike climbs in this area. 

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Cycling Bonny Doon

7.2 miles gaining 2,201’ at 5.8%

Bonny Doon is a very nice and popular climb rising out of Panther Beach just north of Santa Cruz into the Santa Cruz Mountains.  The first half of the climb is the most difficult with a 2.3 mile stretch early on weighing in at 9.4%.

  • 2009:
  • Stage 2:  Sausalito to Santa Cruz
  • 116 miles
  • Stage Winner Tom Peterson (USA) 
  • 2010:
  • Stage 3:  San Francisco to Santa Cruz
  • 113.6 miles
  • Stage winner David Zabriskie (USA)
  • 2012:
  • Stage 2:  San Francisco to Santa Cruz County
  • 117 miles
  • Stage winner Peter Sagan (SVK)