Cycling and climbing by bike the top climbs in Santa Cruz County. The top bike climbs in Santa Cruz County are 1. Alba Road, 2. Jamison Creek Road, 3. Bonny Doon, 4. Mt. Madonna Road, 5. Bear Creek Road - Boulder Creek, 6. 152 West to Mt Madonna Park, 7. Zayante Road, 8. Empire Grade, 9. Eureka Canyon, and 10. China Grade to Basin Trail
The Big Dog of bike climbs in the Santa Cruz Mountains
Alba Road - #1 Santa Cruz County; #3 South Bay; #6 Bay Area
Ride 3.8 miles gaining 2,040’ at 10.3% average grade.
Cycling in the Santa Cruz mountains is a wonderful experience. There are many fairly challenging climbs in this county, many of which pass through redwood stands on minimally travelled roads. The weather is moderate, but somewhat warmer in the Ben Lomond/Felton area than one would guess during the summer (mid-80’s in June and July). Of course the temperatures drop by about 10 degrees as we cycle west (e.g. Bonny Doon).
Santa Cruz County Top 3
#3 Bonny Doon Road top and bottom right.