FULL CLIMB STATS
This is a very popular bike climb from Saratoga up Hwy 9 into the Santa Cruz Mountains. The climb begins in Saratoga and is one of the best and most efficient ways to access many of the wonderful bike climbs in the heart of the Santa Cruz Mountains (see PJAMM's Santa Cruz County). The summit is at Saratoga Gap and the intersection just beyond is known as Four Corners.
This is a moderate climb with a 5.8% average grade. 74% (5.1 miles) of the climb is in the 5-10% range and no section of the climb ever reaches double digits. The steepest quarter mile is 8.2% and steepest mile 7.9%.
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Roadway: 2 lanes in excellent condition.
Traffic: Moderate to heavy - with a narrow shoulder on the uphill side most of the climb. While traffic can be heavy, it does not move at high speed.
Provisions: None on the ride, but plenty in Boulder 14 miles south.
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There are many wonderful climbs to explore in the Santa Cruz Mountains - see Routes in Area button just below the featured image above or our Santa Cruz County page.
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Jul 27, 2023
the ascent isn't too bad, but there is a good amount of traffic. the descent is pretty great for the amount of climbing you do, and there are enough corners to practice on
Jul 24, 2023
Scenic, but a busy road so not the greatest ascent. As a descent, on the other hand, it's absolutely fantastic. Wide road and banked corners: take a lane and fly.
Jun 9, 2023
This is a great climb but you do end up hear the southern end of Skyline Blvd. Vehicle traffic has increased since one of our local roads (Highway 84, Woodside Road) was closed due to a slide and isn't expected to reopen until July, 2023, at the earliest. It's a steady climb, not too steep, and a superlative ride if you climb up and return the way you came - downhill. I hit 45 mph once (once) and got tagged by the local police. No ticket as I remarked to his question about my speed was, "Sir, I was too terrified to look at the speedometer!"